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Feel better at night

Postby laura383 » Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:07 pm

Hello all,

I have noticed that sometimes I feel better at night: walk better, better balance, hand moves easier, etc.

Just once in a while, and I don't know why. Though I have read of "Night Walkers" i.e. people in wheelchairs who could walk at night.

Two questions: does it happen to anyone else? And does anyone know what our bodies produce in the evening (not during sleep) that could cause this?

Laura
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Postby cheerleader » Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:59 pm

Hi Laura--
My husband used to feel worse in the morning, better at night. Had a hard time getting out of bed.
One thought might be that by lying down flat at night while you sleep, circulation is not as good. Being upright lends itself to better circulation, due to gravity and motion. just a thought- (if interested you could look into inclined bed or CCSVI)
take care,
cheer
Husband dx RRMS 3/07
dx dual jugular vein stenosis (CCSVI) 4/09
http://ccsviinms.blogspot.com
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Postby laura383 » Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:54 pm

thanks, cheer. Actually mornings I'm okay for several hours, sleeping seems to help. By night I guess really I mean evening, from like 7 pm on. The same day, improved over that afternoon. I did have CCSVI, but this evening thing seems unrelated.
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Postby debp » Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:06 pm

I feel better at night too. I think it isn't just an MS thing. There are morning people and night owls, so could it be a hormone balance thing?

I think Melatonin levels are night specific. I don't know if there are others? Or maybe there is a hormone that rises in the morning?
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Postby debp » Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:29 pm

http://www.thisisms.com/ftopict-1606.html

Apparently been discussed before :)
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Postby tzootsi » Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:10 pm

My wife has the same syndrome - on occasion her heavy leg is almost back to normal at bedtime. No doctor as of yet has been able to come up with a reason why.
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Postby laura383 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:47 am

Thanks, all and debp--I searched but never checked melatonin since my "second wind" starts around 7 pm if I get one, so I never connected it. Still not sure, but I'm going to try supplementing GABA which helps the body to make melatonin.
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Postby debp » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:24 pm

Great now I have to google GABA. :)

I read entirely too much about Melatonin last night.

http://www.healingtherapies.info/PinealGland2.htm

That is a page talking about melatonin and upper cervical spinal cord injury. Apparently giving Melatonin to rats before you injure their spinal cord makes the injury less severe. (poor rats :()
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Postby laura383 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:12 am

tzootsi: a person on a different board said she felt bettter late at night too and her neuro had no reason for it.
So it's the case for a few (me, your wife, and this person from yahoo). If only we knew why!
But as I told the other person, I will take the grace I am given. Carpe diem! If I feel good, so much the better.

debp: great article.
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