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Posted by: Patty | 2008/08/07

Day Snoozing

Our elderly mother (81) constantly falls asleep during the day even while conversation is taking place. She refuses point blank to see a doctor and we don' t know if the cause is a lack of oxygen to the brain or something else. Maybe this is normal in people of her age.

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Dear Patty
It could be that she suffers from a sleep disorder called narcolepsy where patients suffer from extreme daytime sleepiness. Lack of oxygen would cause faints/loss of consciousness not sleeping spells. At her age one would not want to give any unnecessary medication and the available medicine for narcolepsy is not very effective anyway. Is this causing severe disruption for her?
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Dr Bets | 2008/08/08

Hi Patz
If she is falling I think it is important to have her examined by a neurologist - and it could be very dangerous for her to drive a car in this state. Maybe convince her to just go for a general check up at her doctor first -he can do the basic testing and see if she needs to see a specialist.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Patz | 2008/08/08

Thanks for your reply. There is no severe disruption for her but she has had a few falls recently and she is still driving her car so we don' t know if this could be dangerous.

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