IS IT NORMAL TO FEEL wEAKNESS wHEN I LAUGH?

IS IT NORMAL TO FEEL wEAKNESS wHEN I LAUGH?

How narcolepsy patients experience cataplexy.

Cataplexy is the most specific symptom of narcolepsy.1,2

  • Cataplexy also may be quite difficult to diagnose.1,2
    • Characterized by the sudden, generally brief loss of muscle tone triggered by strong emotions.1

Cataplexy can occur at any time during waking hours.3

  • Cataplexy attacks vary widely in duration and severity.1,3,4
    • Mild attacks are most common but may be barely perceptible.1,3-5
    • More severe attacks result in a loss of tone in all voluntary muscles.1,3,6
  • Being awake and aware even during the most severe episodes may help distinguish cataplexy from seizure disorders.3
  • The abrupt return of muscle function has also been reported to be an important feature.2

Key features to look for in identifying cataplexy.

What do cataplexy attacks look like?1-6

Mild
  • A momentary sense of slight weakness
  • Mild drooping of the eyelids
  • Sagging jaw
  • Head dropping
  • Weakness in the neck, arms, shoulders, or hands
  • Knee buckling
  • Slurred or garbled speech
Severe
  • Complete physical collapse
  • Inability to move, speak, or open eyes

Find out how patients describe their experiences with cataplexy.

HOW PATIENTS WITH CATAPLEXY PRESENT