Discussion in 'Latest ME/CFS Research' started by Kyla, Jul 13, 2016.
In case anyone was wondering, reduced vasopressin (ADH) has been found in other studies too and could be the cause for the slightly reduced cortisol found in the blood of CFS patients vs controls. (rather than any dysfunction of the adrenal glands). Vasopressin in turn is affected by adrenergic and cholinergic signalling, which would tie this in with the other autonomic and vascular dysfunction observed. And may tie in with some of the more interesting studies done recently.  
Vasopression also plays a key role in renal function:
See also: http://arbl.cvmbs.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/endocrine/hypopit/adh.html
parasites (worms, leeches, or the many smaller bugs) would logically change the osmotic system as well, what the body then tries to balance via vasopressin and the kidneys ???
is aldosterone testing not a regular test in NHS?? Surely this marker would have been noticed before now.
Aldosterone and renin test measured together.
A small left ventricle in M.E. patients is starting to get a few mentions now.
Here's Miwa's previous study:
And Cort mentions Newton's study here:
" The big clue to all this appears to be the reduced left ventricle mass. If ME/CFS patients were deconditioned their entire heart should be smaller but only the left ventricle is. The left ventricle is where blood from the veins enters the heart. If blood flows to the LV are reduced the LV is going to be smaller simply because it’s not working out as much."
It's interesting that I was a late bed wetter . Once I stopped sugar it went away. Hated it as kid of course. But could maybe be related?
Now drinking like a horse and piss like a fish. Or whatever Teitelbaum called it.
Antidiuretic hormone (aka vasopressin) works to retain water in the body; thus its down-regulation I expect means that you will be urinating out more water.
This is precisely what I found since developing ME/CFS: I am both thirstier, drinking more water, and frequently going to the toilet to get rid of it!
You can get a vasopressin analogue drug called desmopressin, but it is a little expensive (around $2 a day). You can also buy vasopressin itself, but desmopressin is longer acting.
No surprises here. But why is it down-regulated?
It says here that vasopressin is synthesized in the hypothalamus and is transported to the posterior pituitary.
Perhaps because the hypothalamus and HPA-axis is thought to be dysfunctional in ME/CFS, this affects vasopressin synthesis.
Control of the sleep cycle (circadian rhythm) is also centered in the hypothalamus, so a dysfunctional hypothalamus might in addition explain the circadian rhythm disruptions often found in ME/CFS.
And it is possible that hypothalamic dysfunction in ME/CFS might explain the emotional symptoms of ME/CFS (emotional sensitivity to social discord; flat emotions; labile emotions), since the hypothalamus plays a major role in emotional processing.
The hypothalamus also helps regulate the autonomic nervous system, and there is often autonomic dysfunction in ME/CFS (although this autonomic dysfunction might be explained by the adrenergic and muscarinic receptor autoantibodies that have been found in ME/CFS and POTS).
Woah. not sure why you are being charged so much but I take desmopressin and it is not nearly that expensive in Canada.
its quite possible that even if it is significantly and consistently lower in patients than controls, it might not be consistently below the reference range.
Not sure how standard this test is elsewhere (or specifically in the NHS) but anecdotally, in Canada I have never had aldosterone tested at any time that I know of.
How much are you charged in Canada, may I ask? When I looked at the cost of desmopressin at online pharmacies, it seemed pretty expensive (around $2 for 0.1 mg):
A lot of the cost for me is covered by a secondary health plan, but it looks like without any insurance the full cost including the filling fee would be $44 / month (30), it's not as cheap as I thought but still a lot less than $2 per pill. I would guess the online pharmacies are likely charging you a large markup for their service.
If you want to talk expensive...check out the price of ketotifen. It is INSANE. I am very very happy I have a drug plan (thanks to having an employed spouse). I have no idea how people are affording any treatment without one.
From what I remember of what I´ve read, and from my own experience, it is downregulated because of the bacterial translocation. So when the translocation increases (normally through dietary changes) I wake up earlier to go to the toilet in the night, and I constantly have a dry mouth.
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