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Is suffering from narcolepsy as result of ECT risky?

Hi, I have narcolepsy and got my diagnosis 2011. I was vaccinated against swine flu in December 2009, the doctors that I ve talked to believe that vaccination has triggered this. It is now proven that the vaccine caused many cases of this diagnosis. Today one person told me that she has the same sleeping problems as me. She has not been to the doctor to investigate these symptoms and therefore have no diagnosis. This woman claims she had her problems as a result of ECT treatment she got against depression. I myself have received several treatments with ECT because I also have bipolar disorder. Now I want to know if there is any risk to suffer from narcolepsy as a result of ECT. Is there any research in this area? I m from Sweden and writes not so good at English so I apologize for all the errors, but I hope you understand what I wonder about. Sincerely, Ann-Charlotte
Wed, 31 Dec 2014
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Thanks for your question on HCM.
I can understand your situation and problem.
But there is no connection between narcolepsy and ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy). This is proven thing.
So need to worry much for this.
And yes, swine flu vaccine can trigger narcolepsy in many cases.
Better to consult psychiatrist and start the treatment. Stress and anxiety are common risk factors. So avoid stress and tension. Be relax and calm.
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Is suffering from narcolepsy as result of ECT risky?

Thanks for your question on HCM. I can understand your situation and problem. But there is no connection between narcolepsy and ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy). This is proven thing. So need to worry much for this. And yes, swine flu vaccine can trigger narcolepsy in many cases. Better to consult psychiatrist and start the treatment. Stress and anxiety are common risk factors. So avoid stress and tension. Be relax and calm.