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Posted by Miguel ( on September 23, 2000 at 09:37:23:

In Reply to: sleep disorder aka lack of oxygen? posted by Michele on September 22, 2000 at 23:58:55:

Many here benefit from inhaling pure O2. It
is then clear that saturation of blood with O2
may play a helpful role in aborting and combating
CH. I imagine that such is an indirect role though.
If CH pain is partly caused by the extreme vasodilation
of a number of blood vessels in the brain's cortex,
saturation of blood/RBC with O2 would then ensue
vasoconstriction at a systemic level. This includes
the culprit blood vessels affectin our pain.
Therefore, aerobic activity, as you noted with your
walking/inhaling deeply etc, would benefit the
sufferer during an attack. The article addresses
something that was brought up here before, sleeping
apnea and other sleep disorders that affect our
O2 content in plasma. The data from the article
suggests in a scientific form that iprovement
of O2 levels during sleeping cycles may then benefit
CH sufferers. It notes that O2 levels go down
significantly. This would result in vasodilation
so more O2 is carried to all organs. The problem
in CH appears to be partly due to that vasodilation.


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