IS IT NORMAL TO FEEL wEAKNESS wHEN I LAUGH?

IS IT NORMAL TO FEEL wEAKNESS wHEN I LAUGH?

How narcolepsy patients with cataplexy present.

Narcolepsy patients may or may not recognize the presence of cataplexy.1-3

  • The presence of cataplexy can only be established by clinical interview.2,4
    • Cataplexy attacks may be so subtle that patients do not notice them or consider the sensations to be normal.2,3,5
    • Partial attacks may be limited to a sort of “fleeting sensations of weakness in the body.”5
    • In other cases, patients may be aware of their symptoms and take action to try to prevent or shorten them.4,5
      • In a recent study, nearly 57% of patients reported they could sense the approach of an attack and take action to try to prevent or shorten them.4
  • Sometimes symptoms are only recognized by experienced observers such as the patient’s partner.2,5
  • It may be helpful to have the patient’s partner participate in the clinical interview.2,5

Cataplexy can be triggered by a variety of strong emotions.1,2,6

  • Positive emotions, such as those associated with laughter or humor, are the most frequent and potent triggers.1,2,4,6
  • Negative emotions, such as those associated with anger, are also quite common.1,4,6
  • The element of surprise, as associated with several situations, is also a frequent factor.4,6

Emotions typically associated with triggering cataplexy attacks.4

What sort of strong emotions typically trigger cataplexy attacks?

(Survey Study: Percent of Patients Reporting)*
state emotion
*In a survey of 109 patients with narcolepsy with cataplexy from 2 large sleep medicine centers, patients reported the emotions that triggered their cataplexy attacks.4

Interested in more insights?

Find out how patients talk about cataplexy in their own words.

Simply scroll down to view videos about each muscle group.

Face

Arms

Legs

Neck

Hands

Videos represent actual patients describing cataplexy using their own words. Not all patient experiences will be the same.

Cataplexy may affect your patients at any time during waking hours.