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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis & Nicotine?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 6, 2010
  • 01:31 PM

For a long time I've been suffering from some of the symptoms of ME and I'm not sure if I have it, but I a couple years ago I started chewing nicotine gum (I heard it can help with migraines, never smoked) and my fainting mostly stopped along with a lot of my sensitivity to light and sound among other things. Just wondering if anyone else has noticed this with nicotine & ME? I've not been diagnosed with ME so I have no idea if that's what's happening.

Before I started nicotine I could barely make it through the day and my job was at risk from fainting and extreme fatigue but now I'm okay. The sensitivity to cold also lessened although that was in part due to my discovery of toe warmers. <3

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  • For a long time I've been suffering from some of the symptoms of ME and I'm not sure if I have it, but I a couple years ago I started chewing nicotine gum (I heard it can help with migraines, never smoked) and my fainting mostly stopped along with a lot of my sensitivity to light and sound among other things. Just wondering if anyone else has noticed this with nicotine & ME? I've not been diagnosed with ME so I have no idea if that's what's happening.Before I started nicotine I could barely make it through the day and my job was at risk from fainting and extreme fatigue but now I'm okay. The sensitivity to cold also lessened although that was in part due to my discovery of toe warmers. My (deceased) wife had fibromyalgia and CFS, so I have some experience with this issue.I've had a theory for a long time that ME, like many autoimmune diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, causes symptoms by damaging the myelin sheath of nerve fibers, which is necessary for nerve impulse transmission. Damage to the sheath may cause nerves to either transmit impulses weakly or not at all (resulting in symptoms such as weakness and fatigue), or may cause nerves to fire when they're not supposed to (resulting in symptoms such as tingling, muscle spasms, and phantom pain). According to the website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myelin_sheath ,"Research to repair damaged myelin sheaths is ongoing ... Some researchers hypothesize that cholinergic treatments, such as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs), may have beneficial effects on myelination, myelin repair, and myelin integrity. It is argued that increasing cholinergic stimulation also acts ... on ... the lifelong myelination process ... It is possible that by increasing ... cholinergic stimulation, AChEIs and other cholinergic treatments like nicotine could promote myelination during development and myelin repair in older age."In other words, it is possible that nicotine, a stimulant, stimulates nerve fibers in such a way as to repair some of the damage done by ME. At the least, it makes sense given current information.Lou Maglione
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