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Posted by Rich ( on February 25, 2000 at 07:41:53:

Pardon my presumptuousness as a new comer but...
Before taking the survey, I took a guess at which "symptom/behavior" woould receive the highest % of responses...well, Mrs. Holloman would be proud...regular sleep disruptions (68%). Add to that the number that have been disrupted but not regularly and I believe we have found the most "common" common ground. The number one time---60-90 minutes after falling asleep--REM sleep---- the time when serotonin is supposed to be at its peak production. This has been a constant in every research survey that I have taken part in. Secondly, we have all suffered from various degrees of depression presumably as a result of our condition...but what if it's not as a result...recent research has suggested a very high correlation between clinical depression and surpressed (for reasons unknown--and there's our problem) serotonin production. Did you know that during rem sleep, our body is supposed to be as physiologically active as when we are awake---I believe ours is not! Why am I boring you with this? (believe me after a night with 3 monster ones, I'm not in the mood to be showing off. I'd like everyone to share this with their neurologist/caretaker. Maybe one will take the high road and consider it further...even research it...despite the lack of $$$ involved if this turns out to be the case. I haven't tried this out, tho I may soon, with serotonin pills from the local health food store because I believe it may be a little more complex than that....Oh yes, one more thing- you know those fits of anger and even rage we feel when we're "under attack"...and we just assume it's a "normal" reaction to the excruciating pain? Guess which neurotransmitter research has linked to controlling anger and rage? If this turns out to be our "cure", maybe we will have that party.

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