Snore No More
Johnson also fell asleep while driving. She'd change lanes and
her head would droop. She'd wake up seconds later not knowing what had
happened. "I thank God my guardian angel was on my shoulder," she
Johnson didn't know she had narcolepsy until she saw Fry in the
early 1990s. With medication and regular sleep, she's "almost 98%
Fry also treats patients with a neurological disorder called
restless leg syndrome, which can cause twitching and various sensations,
primarily in the legs, making it difficult to fall or stay asleep.
Anne Belcher, 67, a retired chemist from Wayne, Pa., says she
used to spend much of her nights pacing the floor. She'd get a sensation in her
legs described by Fry as a "creeping, crawling" feeling. Only walking
could relieve it. "You get very antsy," says Belcher, who has been
seeing Fry since October.
Belcher has been taking special medications to make the
symptoms go away. Now, "as far as the legs go, I could sleep forever,"
she says. "The last couple of months, I haven't felt the
Ralph Cipriano is a Philadelphia freelance writer. He is a
former staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the Philadelphia