Question for narcoleptics
I've been dealing with an unexplained fatigue/tiredness for more than two years. Have ruled out anemia, vitamin D deficiency, low testosterone, and apnea. Now I'm wondering about narcolepsy--but that depends on how narcolepsy really manifests itself.
The stereotype of a narcoleptic is someone who just randomly falls asleep at various inopportune times. But what I've been reading lately suggests that isn't quite accurate. So I'm a bit confused. It appears that narcolepsy can merely be extreme sleepiness throughout the day, without the narcoleptic actually falling asleep. Is that true?
Virtually every day, I feel as if I've hardly slept the night before. I take an after-lunch nap every chance I get. The nap refreshes me for a few hours, but then I start dragging again. But I do NOT ever fall asleep unless I intend to.
I had a sleep study to rule out apnea, and it came back normal, except for the possibility that I might have restless leg syndrome (which I already knew). About once or twice a month, I deal with extremely fidgety legs, but it's nothing more than that. As far as I know, the study did not show any abnormal REM sleep. I do not have cataplexy or any other narcolepsy symptoms.
Any input from diagnosed narcoleptics? Am I misunderstanding the symptoms? Many thanks in advance.