Why dont YOU take Melatonin?

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ericsmom
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   Posted 7/18/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
This morning I replied to a "fibro/sleep problems" post...left a site addy for information on Melatonin,  I kept saying I wanted to try it...then finally...I remembered to buy some tongue
 
Ok...here is another site on Melatonin, that clearly states the following:

Three small double-blind studies suggest that use of melatonin might reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome . 89-90,111 It has been suggested that melatonin might work through effects on the nervous system in the digestive tract.

Four double-blind studies performed by Saudi researchers reported that melatonin was useful for reducing anxiety prior to surgery, presumably due to its sedative effects. 2,3,95,102 However, other researchers have been unable to confirm these results. 99-100

Three, small, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies found evidence that melatonin may slightly reduce nighttime blood pressure.

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http://www.aurorahealthcare.org/yourhealth/healthgate/getcontent.asp?URLhealthgate=%2221811.html%22

 

So, my question is: if this can be used for ALL of these illnesses and syndroms, FIBROMYALGIA certainly grabbed my attention, why does'nt anyone here take it?  My rheumy didnt even mention this!!  I thought melatonin was just for SLEEP disorders.

 

Anyone?

 

Hugs

Diane

 

 


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   Posted 7/18/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I thought the same thing Diane.

This is some good and hopeful information. I use to take it for a sleep aid and it did work.

I am glad that you started this thread, this is good news for melatonin.

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   Posted 7/18/2008 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and good question. I'm on so much medication that I must take that I don't care to add anything else on the slight chance it might do something. I've tried many OTC and supplements with no results...malic acid, magnesium, vit D...you name it. All of these with my doc's OK. So until large research shows very positive results I'm not interested in taking in any thing else.

This is just for me...
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ericsmom
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   Posted 7/19/2008 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Karen and Chutzie

I take alot of meds too, but I am desperate for quality sleep. When you read the info on it, you cant help wondering why you dont hear more about this supplement.  I guess its like the Malic Acid, I never heard of it either till Sherrine shared it with us.

 

Diane 


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Marlee2
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   Posted 7/19/2008 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never done that much research on it Diane. I use xanax to sleep. I would ask pharmacist before adding it with a lot of other meds. I do know they give it to children with ADHD.
 
Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
 
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   Posted 7/19/2008 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I take 3 mg. Melatonin for insomnia. It was prescribed by my Dr. It works great. Although I have been getting more morning headaches
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   Posted 7/19/2008 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I asked my sleep specialist about using melatonin and he told me that you have to be very careful with it because it does affect your hormone levels. He had one patient that used it without a dr's ok and it took over 2 years to get her hormone levels and health back to normal. Just a reminder that we have to careful and with a dr's OK when we take anything even if it is OTC. Lisa

donnaeil
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   Posted 7/19/2008 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Melatonin does not really work for me and it gives me headaches. My Cpap machine and meds are far more effective.

Donnaeil

ericsmom
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   Posted 7/20/2008 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning
 
Thank you all for your helpful replies
I took 3 mg friday night, poor sleep
Took 6 mg last night...so-so sleep.  I think that I have found out one thing though, I did go to sleep faster than usual, but I think it's my pain that wakes me.  Both nights were like all the others, keep waking up from all over body pain, but it could be the humidity right now.  I slept deeper for sure, because when I wake in the night, I toss and turn, as opposed to being wide awake.  Definately affects my sugar levels though...but it says to adjust the metformin accordingly, so today I will do it differently and see what happens.
I checked all my meds on drugdigest to see if there would be any bad side effects, the only one was alcohol, which I rarely drink anyway.
 
Wishing you all a pain-free day
 
Diane   
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