The 12th Invest in ME Research Conference June, 2017, Part 2
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Can the nervous system heal/reverse damage

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by notmyself, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. notmyself

    notmyself Senior Member

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    is it possible? does nervous system have the ability to regenerate like tissue for example? i didint find anything conclusive about that,there is some research about neuroplasticity,brain ability to form new neuronal pathways..can things like POTS/OI be reveased somehow?
     
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    Learner1 Professional Patient

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    Yes, they can.
     
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  3. Jesse2233

    Jesse2233 Senior Member

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    Yes to all of the above

    Things that can help repair nerves / restore brain function

    - proper methylation
    - hyperbaric oxygen
    - neurofeedback
    - certain antidepressants / nootropics (used judiciously)
    - light appropriate exercise
    - treating pathogens, autoantibodies, toxins, and sources of inflammation that affect the CNS

    Things that help POTS/OI

    - IVIG / plasmapheresis / immunosuppression for autoimmune cases
    - antiviral / antibiotic for chronic infectious cases
    - prescription meds / supplements for symptomatic relief (beta blockers, adrenergic agonists, funny channel antagonists, aldosterone boosters, fluid loading, mineral supplementation)
     
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    pattismith Senior Member

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    I am curently wondering the same.

    Being ill for 35 years, and very ill for 15 years, have I a chance that my nerves and brain can heal?

    I know the process is slow, especially when aging comes to add it's effects, but the first results I had with my eyes improving gives me much hope for the future.

    My mood is still very difficult to stabilized, but it was always bad and low before I started my big supplementing program, so it is already a good result. When I am in a bad day, feeling low and giving up, I know I have to keep going and that the next day can be better. :thumbsup:
     
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    keenly Senior Member

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    YES
     
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    Jeckylberry Senior Member

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    Neurons are single cells that don't divide like the cells in tissue do. Clearly they do recover if not too badly damaged, and they can repair and rejoin. OI and POTS are caused by problems in the sympathetic and autonomic nervous systems that affect the circulatory, endocrine and lymphatic systems and the way each communicates with the other and this is still a mystery. To me, curing POTS is not a matter of reparing just one system because of all the feedback that happens. If all involved systems are restored to some extent the sufferer will feel better. Many of my POTS associates have tried many remedies and still do not get relief except through the usual channels of Florinef, Midodrine, beta blockers and saline to keep up blood volume and other things mentioned by @Jesse2233, and these are all remedies that, combined, work on different systems and have different results depending on the person.
     
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    why do you think its nerve damage ? if you have consistent severe CFS then you will probably also have consistent pots, because when I had pots it always coincided with being 'bedbound', so relatively very ill, but it recovered in sync with other symptoms, even seen it come on and go within 1 day, so in that case its probably caused by some sort of signalling chemical and not nerve system, or a chemical disruption to the nerve system.

    I heard that nerve can regenerate yes, I would look at chemotherapy patients for more information, they get this thing called peripheral neuropathy.
     

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