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Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum's Column

...expert advice on CFS, Fibromyalgia and other Health Topics.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Teitelbaum MD is Medical Director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers
( www.fibroandfatigue.com ). Senior author of the landmark studies "Effective Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia -- a Placebo-controlled Study" & “Effective Treatment of CFS & Fibromyalgia with D-Ribose”. Author of the best-selling book” From Fatigued to Fantastic!”(3rd ed-Penguin/Avery Oct 4, 2007) , " Three Steps to Happiness! Healing through Joy", and “Pain Free 1-2-3- A Proven Program to Get YOU Pain Free! “(McGraw Hill, 2006). He does numerous media appearances, including CNN and FOX National News and is a frequent guest on Oprah and Friends with Dr. Oz.. He lives in Kona, Hawaii. Visit his web site at www.Vitality101.com

 

 

You can benefit from Dr. Teitelbaum's wisdom and experience by visiting us at The Environmental Illness Resource regularly to read articles from his latest newsletter!

 

 

 

Monday, January 12th, 2009:

 

Vision Problems in CFS and Fibromyalgia

 

by Jacob Teitelbaum MD

 

 

Dear Readers,

 

Excessive sweating (which can occur both at night and/or during the day) is a very common part of CFS, fibromyalgia, and menopause and is also very common even in those without these problems. This problem reflects poor functioning of the "autonomic nervous system" (which controls blood pressure, pulse and sweating) which is controlled by the hypothalamus in the brain. Other common causes of sweats and/or hot flashes in addition to CFS and fibromyalgia include:

 

1. Estrogen and progesterone deficiency with menopause and peri-menopause. This can begin as much as 12 years before periods stop and your blood tests for menopause become abnormal. The tipoff is that the sweats/flashes are worse around and in the week before your period. The treatment is to use bioidentical estrogen and progesterone (see The Safety and Effectiveness of Bio-Identical Hormones: Natural (Bio-Identical) vs. Synthetic HRT) which are healthy to use. Using the herb Remifemin (black cohosh) is also very helpful. Take 2 caps 2x day for 2 months and then it can often be lowered to 1 twice a day. It has been shown to help stabilize autonomic nervous function and decrease the sweats and flashes in menopausal women in a number of studies and may also help in other types of sweating problems. Give it 2 months to see the full effect. The research has shown that only the Remifemin form is effective. Using soy bean pods (called edamame — available in the freezer section in most grocery stores) 1 handful a day can also be helpful in women, as these naturally raise estrogen levels.

2. Testosterone deficiency in men (including drops in levels when testosterone treatments wear off). In men, consider this if you have CFS/FMS, fatigue, low libido, difficulty with erections, high cholesterol, or depression.

3. Infections of many types. Sinusitis or spastic colon suggests yeast. Many other antibiotic sensitive or viral infections can also cause sweats.

4. Drops in blood sugar caused by a low adrenal.

5. Acid reflux being inhaled (especially at night while sleeping). Taking Pepcid or tagamet at bedtime for a few nights to see if night sweats lessen will tell you if this is the cause. See Eliminating Chronic Acid Reflux & Indigestion for more on this. Autonomic dysfunction as well as poor digestion can trigger reflux.

6. Evaluating for and treating the above problems will often help the sweats to lessen or go away. In addition, the herbal Black Cohosh (Remifemin — take 2 caps 2x day for 2 months and then it can often be lowered to 1 twice a day) has been shown to help stabilize autonomic nervous function and decrease the sweats and flashes in menopausal women in a number of studies. Give it 2 months to see the full effect.

 

 

 

 


 

Used with permission from Dr Jacob Teitelbaum's free newsletters-available at www.Vitality101.com

 

 

Learn more from Dr. Teitelbaum's books:

 

 

From Fatigued To Fantastic

 

From Fatigued to Fantastic!: A Proven Program to Regain Vibrant Health, Based on a New Scientific Study Showing Effective Treatment for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia


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