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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Hello Doctor
User :   I am 26yrs old/ male/ Married/ working as a US business development in a IT company for almost 5 yrs and basically a night shift job, its been a quite while since last month i am witnessing that i am sleeping for more than 12 hrs during the weekends, and after sleeping for more hrs again i feel sleepy during regualr hours, the same way it is happenning to me during my working hours, i sleep normally 9-10 hrs in a day and at night i used to work effectively, but now a days after sleeping so long in day even at night i feel sleepy and uncontrolably i sleeping with out my knowlege. i eat regualr food three times in a day... please let me know why am i having this
Doctor :   Let me read the query.
Doctor :   Since when have you noticed these symptoms?
User :   from last month doctor
User :   and i am travelling 80 kms in a day to my office and back to home
User :   sorry it was 60
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have any other symptoms apart such as generalised weakness, tiredness, fatiguability?
User :   not sure to say doctor, on a weekly basis, i will have a routine work of washing my three cars and polishing those cars with wax etc and also i will clean my house on my own to give some exercise to body that way...
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know your weight and height?
User :   i am 5.11 with 79 Kgs
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Are you still on night shifts?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do your shifts keep changing regularly?
User :   no doctor..its standard time...and i get weekly twodays off...sat and sun
Doctor :   Do you snore while sleeping?
User :   sometimes
User :   not frequently as my wife said
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
User :   sure
Doctor :   Excessive sleepiness can occur due to various factors.
Doctor :   Factors such as sudden alterations in the sleep cycle, inadequate sleep during the resting hours,
Doctor :   Over exertion, physical and mental stress.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Apart from these are certain medical factors such as use of certain drugs which can cause drowsiness, alcohol consumption, psychological conditions such as depression, and finally less commonly due to health conditions,
User :   ok
Doctor :   The health problems that are responsible are thyroid problems, infections, and so on.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Based on your brief history, I do not foresee the healthproblems.
User :   yeah
Doctor :   So can I know ask you a few more questions to see to check if any of the above factors are responsible?
User :   sure doctor go ahead
Doctor :   Do you use any medical pills such as antihistaminics, sleeping pills antidepressant pills?
User :   no doctor not for atleast 20 yrs in my life
Doctor :   Do you consume alcohol?
User :   yes, weekly once with 4 larges and never go beyond that
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have symptoms of depression?
User :   yes doctor, i am little bit a depressed one but havent undergone any treatments so far, since i take it liter within two to three days or with in one day
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Have you noticed any factors of stress that is worrying you, either at work or at family?
User :   yes doctor, at work i have few factors that are trying to stop my growth within the company
Doctor :   Ok
User :   that way i feel little bit stressed and
Doctor :   According to your first statement, you had mentioned that you are sleeping excessively during weekends and then later the next day and it continues during your work right?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Does the excessive sleepiness persists the whole week or is it only in the first few days of the week?
User :   whole week, normally i will have it for first few days, but latter of the week i will be alright, but in the recent past i am seeing that i am having it for the whole week
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   let me brief you now.
User :   ok
Doctor :   By the answers given by you, there are few causes that may be causing you to be sleeping excessively.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Its probably the alteration in the sleeping cycle which is contributed by other factors.
Doctor :   Let me put that in simple terms.
Doctor :   Body is used to one particular sleep cycle, like for a particular hours of sleep at a particular time, when this is altered one ends up with symptoms such as yours.
User :   ok
Doctor :   There may be other factors such as stress at work with your past history of depression and alcohol during the weekends that are contributing to you sleeping excessively on weekends.
Doctor :   This change in the sleep cycle on weekends probably is inducing the sleep alterations during the week days.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have said?
User :   yes
User :   normally i change the sleeping cycle during my weekends
User :   instead of sleeping in day i sleep at nights
Doctor :   Ok
User :   and i continue the same during my monday morning,
User :   i mean i sleep in sunday night and continue to sleep till monday afternoon
Doctor :   Probably this is what is causing your symptoms.
User :   ok
Doctor :   You may not have noticed these earlier, probably since you did not have those extra stressors.
User :   yeah
Doctor :   Now since there are other factors contributing, these symptoms may have been noticed.
User :   hmmmmm
Doctor :   I suggest you to make necessary modifications in terms of stress management and reducing the alcohol intake.
User :   but i consume weekly once doctor will that make more
Doctor :   I can understand that.
Doctor :   It can help you in preventing the excessive sleeping if you can reduce the quantity of alcohol, especially on weekends.
User :   ok doctor....i will reduce the quantity
User :   can you help me out with few stress management techniques if you have any please
Doctor :   There are many means of controlling stress,
Doctor :   they include breathing exercises, counting breathes, taking a cool shower, yoga,
Doctor :   meditations, physical exercises.
Doctor :   Start of with breathing exercises, this is particularly useful at your work place.
User :   ok doctor, thanks indeed
Doctor :   Whenever you feel those stress and tension is building out, breathe deeply and slowly and count the breathes you take.
Doctor :   This is a very effective means of removing the stress and tensions out of the body.
User :   sure
User :   how many count i should make in this way
Doctor :   You can add taking a cool shower, if you are at home.
Doctor :   You can continue this way, till you feel relaxed.
User :   ok
User :   may i know your name plz doctor
Doctor :   Probably by the time you count 50 it should have helped you.
Doctor :   Dr xxx
User :   Thank you very much Mr, xxx
Doctor :   Yoga and meditation can help you also.
User :   i have one more problem with me
User :   can i share it with you now
Doctor :   Apart from this, try reducing the sleeping during the week ends and spend time with your family.
Doctor :   These few changes should make you feel better both in terms of your present problem and your problems of depression.
User :   i am trying doctor, one or the other way to make me wake i will go and wash my cars and home
User :   yes doctor, it was great
Doctor :   If you are used to it then fine, but if you are trying this recently then,
Doctor :   it can increase your exertions and make you feel more sleepy.
Doctor :   Instead just spend time with the family, like watching a movie or television, music and other household work which needs less exertion.
User :   no actually recently i am taking this work, usually i will clean one car, but due to sleepyness i am taking all my three cars and cleaning one my own
Doctor :   It can increase the exertion and inturn can make you increase the sleeping hours.
User :   i tried watching movies too doctor, but still you know i feel sleepy while watching the movies
User :   ok
User :   sure doctor i will control it
Doctor :   You can do alternate your work.
User :   sure
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   yes
User :   i am not having regular motions, it is not just a recently witnessed, but i have been having this problem for almost in my life, normally i used to go once in every three days
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i never consulted any doctor as i felt shy to describe in front of my family
Doctor :   Do you other symptoms such as gastritis, symptoms of indigestion?
User :   no doctor i never used get even a burb
Doctor :   Do you have pain while passing stool?
User :   what ever i eat, i remains inside my body
Doctor :   Do you pass blood in the stools?
User :   no doctor not really
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Chronic constipation is most commonly caused by reduced intestinal motility.
User :   but my stomach looks big everytime and once i celan my bowls i become slim
User :   oh
User :   wat does it mean?
Doctor :   This can occur due to many reasons out of which the most common is dietary factors.
User :   ok
Doctor :   This is not a medical disease, its just a condition seen in few individuals.
User :   ok
Doctor :   They can be improved by modifying your diet.
User :   okay doctor
Doctor :   You need to drink plenty of water.
User :   yes, i never used drink water for even three days
Doctor :   Atleast 2 litre of water a day is recommended.
User :   hardly drink 30 ml of water in a day
Doctor :   Apart from this you need to include plenty of fibre in your diet.
User :   i usally eat chapatti in night docotr
Doctor :   High fibre diets are vegetables,
User :   oh okay
Doctor :   Chapathi made of refined flour is not recommended.
User :   vegetable i never used to have, except potatos and families of potatos
Doctor :   Instead use whole grain flour.
User :   sure doctor
Doctor :   You may have to change this.
User :   sure
Doctor :   These few modifications will help you.
Doctor :   Incase you do not find improvements, then you can alternatively use XXXXXXXX products like syrup which can be obtained at any pharmacy.
Doctor :   And lastly there are few other laxatives like syrup lactulose which help in constipation.
User :   sure doctor, i will follow this for a week, and it still persists i will buy the recommended syrup
Doctor :   The last one is not recommended for daily use.
User :   sorry i missed the names
User :   Lactulose os one
User :   and other one
Doctor :   Its termed as AAAAAAA they are just natural fibres, can be obtained in syrup forms.
User :   oh okay
Doctor :   I suggest you to try the dietary modifications before you try these syrups.
User :   any company names for this syrups tht you could prefer
Doctor :   You can use as any of them as they are natural fibres.
User :   okay doctor
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no Doctor,
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
User :   Thank you for your advise and
User :   it was a great moral help
User :   sure doctor, few of my friends are already enrolled in this online event
User :   and they are in progress of discussing
User :   with your doctors
Doctor :   Thanks, we appreciate your support.
User :   thanks indeed
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   great
User :   bye
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