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Jul 20, 2011 · What do you think of this Mayo Clinic community site? in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

I was really hoping to find a category on headahce/migraine since I’m noe sure if they qualify as a brain or neurological disease.

What I really think would be the most helpfulfor users, would be having interns/reidents from different departments come into the different discussions regularly and provide helpful links, or ideas on where to search for more information.

Also, perhaps the consideration of making the Discussion Board Google-searchable, so it gets more hits???

Jul 20, 2011 · Tired behind the Wheel in Sleep Health

If you’re getting sufficient sleep for your age/lifestyle and you’re still tired, especially while driving, I would strongly suggest talking to your pcp and see what they think.

They might reccommend taking a sleep test at a sleep clinic. There, they can find underlying sleep disorders that you’re not aware of.
Besides causing problems with your driving, if you really do have an underlying disorder, it might be affecting other areas of your life that you don’t even realize yet.

As for drowsy driving, I have narcolepsy and I know that I can’t drive at cetain times of the day/ night and that I can’t drive for time periods that are longer that 25-30 minutes or I start to get too sleepy to feel like I’m in the safe range. It’s not convenient, but I have a child and i have to keep both of us safe.

As you know— when you’re on the road, you’re not just dealing with yourself; you’re dealing with other people in their cars (perhaps with children, etc. in the backseat). You don’t want to ever put yourself, or them, at risk. A bad accident would be way too hard to live with.

Here’s a good link for a starter article on drowsiness:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003208.htm

Good Luck!

Jul 20, 2011 · Doctor's make me feel like I am crazy.... in Just Want to Talk

Have you seen you ob/gyn and had your hormone levels tested? Quite a few of your symptoms sound like Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome (weight gain, facial hair growth, headaches). PCOS can also cause diabetes, which can in turn, eventually cause numbness and tingling in your limbs.

Also, quite a few of your symtoms sound like they could be migraine symptoms— dizziness, fatigue, tingling, not thinking/speaking clearly.

Hope this helps and may perhaps provide a new avenue for you to pursue on your quest to feeling better!