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Gelineau's Syndrome and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Are you troubled by extreme, intense daytime sleepiness? Do you fall asleep suddenly during the day? If so, you may have Gelineau’s syndrome. Gelineau’s syndrome is a sleep disorder that is evidenced by excessive daytime sleepiness. Gelineau’s syndrome is a disorder that results in you having a hard time staying awake. It can cause you to suddenly fall asleep during the day. Gelineau’s syndrome is sometimes mistaken for other conditions. These include simple lack of sleep, fainting, seizure disorder, depression, laziness, recreational drug use and other conditions that result in abnormal sleeping patterns. These “sleep attacks” take place even after you get enough sleep at night. In fact, you may find it hard to stay awake for long periods of time no matter what your circumstances are. The unusual sleep pattern that occurs with Gelineau’s syndrome can cause problems at school, work and in your social life. Somewhere around 200,000 people are affected by Gelineau’s syndrome in the United States. However, only about 50,000 of these cases are diagnosed. Gelineau’s syndrome is as widespread as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. It is more common than cystic fibrosis, but Gelineau’s syndrome is not as well known. The cause of Gelineau’s syndrome is not known at the present time. Recent research has revealed that certain genetic (hereditary) conditions that involve an area of Chromosome 6 that is known as the HLA complex may increase your risk of developing this syndrome. Another risk factor for Gelineau’s syndrome may be an imbalance in certain brain chemicals that are important in the regulation of sleep. There is also the possibility that your immune system could play a role in causing Gelineau’s syndrome by mistakenly attacking certain cells in your brain. The hallmark sign or symptom of Gelineau’s syndrome is excessive daytime sleepiness. It is an overwhelming drowsiness and uncontrollable need to sleep during the day. You may fall asleep without warning at any time or in any place. There are some other signs and symptoms that you may experience with Gelineau’s syndrome. These may include:
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