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southerndiva
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   Posted 11/19/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anybody know anything about the affect of taking melatonin for sleeping for people with auto-immune disorders.  My rheumy told me to take 3 mg a night for sleep since I've had some insomnia lately, and for some reason I didn't read the bottle until last night and it specifically says for people with auto-immune disorders NOT to take it.  Something about the fact that it can make auto-immune conditions worse? Would appreciate any answers.
 
Southern Diva,
Lynnette
 
DX - lupus and carpal tunnel syndrome
RX - plaquenil, prednisone, anti-inflammatories, lisiniprol, folic acid, flaxseed and fish oil, daily vitamin, calcium and vit d and hormones - prometrium and cenestin

PattyLatty
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   Posted 11/19/2009 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
A few years ago a rheumy told me to take it. I didn't, but if I were you, I'd call your rheumy's office and tell them of your concerns.
SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.

prednisone, plaquenil, leflunomide, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, niaspan, lyrica, tri-est, cymbalta, acifex


southerndiva
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   Posted 11/19/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Patty,

I actually have my nurse's e-mail address and was going to drop her a line to have her check on it.  I told them I had some problems sleeping when I was in there last week and told her I didn't like taking the Tylenol PM or other stuff because I already feel overmedicated and asked her for suggestions and that's what the doctor suggested.  It seems like you can search the Web and there is always an abundance of information when it comes to medical conditions - just not sure what to believe anymore. 

Lynnette


PattyLatty
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   Posted 11/19/2009 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Lynnette,

Even though you are reluctant to take something since you're on so many meds, you might consider something like lunesta to help you sleep. It's so hard on your body to go night after night without getting restful sleep. I've just started taking it again and I believe that's contributing to my feeling better.

Pat
SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.

prednisone, plaquenil, leflunomide, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, niaspan, lyrica, tri-est, cymbalta, acifex

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