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January, 2019


What It’s Really Like to Have Narcolepsy

For people with this chronic sleep disorder, there is no corner of life that narcolepsy hasn’t touched. Julie Flygare’s battle with the condition, which has caused extreme exhaustion and even hallucinations, began in college—and she hasn’t stopped fighting since. For 34-year-old Julie Flygare, memories of college are somewhat of a blur. The Los Angeles resident first attributed her sleepiness during classes to the boring subject matter, but when she found herself in the bathroom every hour to wash her face and pinch her cheeks to keep from falling asleep, sheRead More

What It’s Like to Be an Empath

If you feel the earth’s pain before an earthquake or have a panic attack because someone near you is anxious, you might be an empath too. If you search for any article about “empaths“, you’ll find it has thousands of likes and hundreds of shares on Facebook, and in the comments, dozens of people claiming to be an empath themselves. Underneath “30 reasons you could be an empath” or “6 grounding tips for empaths and highly sensitives”, people lament the fact they were born an empath, welcome other newly realisedRead More

Baclofen Improves Excessive Daytime Sleepiness in Narcolepsy

  Baclofen can be an effective treatment for excessive daytime sleepiness and sleep fragmentation in patients with narcolepsy, according to results of an analysis of case presentations of 5 adolescents with narcolepsy type 1. The findings were published in Pediatric Neurology. The investigators studied the cases of 5 patients with narcolepsy associated with severe daytime sleepiness who had failed, had an inadequate response to, or had intolerable adverse effects associated with their first-line therapies. All patients who were evaluated had a positive response to treatment with baclofen, defined as improved sleep consolidation andRead More

No, I’m not wasted or being rude – I’ve got narcolepsy

Other people started to notice too. I remember my friends saying to me, “Belle, it was a joke at first and we used to laugh at it, but now you’re literally falling asleep in every class… Are you OK?” So my mum took me to the doctor. They were reluctant to give me medication at first because I was so young – and they wanted to make sure I wasn’t just staying out late at night, or playing on my phone in bed. I was eventually diagnosed with narcolepsy whenRead More

No, I’m not wasted or being rude – I’ve got narcolepsy

People point, laugh, and even film me when I’m having sleep attacks For most people, sleep is a luxury – something you indulge in on a Sunday morning, curled up in bed without the pressure of an alarm clock. But for me, sleep has become my enemy. My life is pretty routine really – I’m a personal trainer in Amsterdam, where I live with my boyfriend and two other flatmates. I love working out, going shopping with my friends, and going out for dinner. All the usual stuff. But IRead More

Inverted narcissist is not a widely known term. Below, there are some traits that explain the behaviour of an inverted narcissist.

  A narcissist has an overwhelming need for admiration and usually a complete lack of empathy toward others. But have you ever heard the term inverted narcissist? Narcissistic personality disorder Individuals with the narcissistic personality disorder often think they are a real value in the life of all or any of the people they meet. While such behavior was somewhat appropriate for a king of the 16th century, it is not for today’s people. Individuals with the narcissistic personality disorder often experience snobbery or patronage attitudes. As with other personality disorders, the individual must be at least 18Read More

Brain Science Explain Why Narcoleptics Can’t Stay Awake

It’s all in the brain chemistry. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that can cause a variety of strange and often terrifying symptoms, including sleep attacks and temporary paralysis. It’s a neurological disorder that has to do with how our bodies regulate the boundary between being awake and being asleep, and while not every narcoleptic person has the same symptoms, scientists have a pretty good idea of how the disease works. Unfortunately, they’re still figuring out how to fix it. In 1999 researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine identified hypocretin, a substance thatRead More

4 Stages of Post-Mastectomy Lymphedema

  Lymphedema is a common occurrence in breast cancer patients that have had a mastectomy with lymph node removal or radiation that caused inflammation or scarring in the lymph nodes. Without lymph nodes to drain fluid from the body, fluid in the affected appendage builds up with nowhere to go, causing swelling. Lymphedema can also cause decreased range of motion, feelings of tightness or heaviness, discomfort, infection, and hardening or thickening of the skin. Breast cancer patients with lymphedema usually experience these symptoms in one or both arms. While there is noRead More

Warning Signs Of Lymphedema

  Lymphedema is a chronic disorder of the lymphatic system in which the lymph fluid doesn’t drain properly, which results in swelling in one or more parts of the body, It can be hereditary (Primary Lymphedema) or can occur after a surgical procedure, infection, radiation or other physical trauma (Secondary Lymphedema). Dr. Stanley Rockson, co-founder of the Lymphatic Education & Research Network and an endowed chair at Stanford University for Lymphatic Research, says, Lymphedema is not a controversial condition, it’s “just not well recognized.” Some warning signs of Lymphedema include infection inRead More

Are You an Authentic Empath? Watch for These 12 Strange Behaviors

  “Empaths did not come into this world to be victims, we came to be warriors. Be brave. Stay strong. We need all hands on deck.” – Anthon St. Maarten Empaths are the healers of the world, sent to our planet to bring peace, comfort and guidance to all those in times of need. They understand the feelings of those around them at a level that most of us can’t even begin to imagine, genuinely connecting with everyone that they meet. This connection allows them to truly comprehend that whichRead More