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    I am taking Baclofen because I have a neuromuscular disorder which causes spasticity (as the area to the left of this post indicates).
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    Doctor: "Don't do anything until you've talked to [new neurologist]."
    New neurologist's receptionist: "Six month waiting list."
    Hoping this doesn't happen to me, I've got to make an appointment with a new neurologist tomorrow. I have a list of neurologists in the area, and may just make an appointment with doctor who has the earliest opening in his/her schedule (possibly by making an appointment with a conveniently located doctor and then canceling it if I find that a different doctor can meet with me sooner).
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    Frankly, I just hope that TheRuss's frustrations and negative experiences with the local medical establishment don't lead him towards the dark side of "alternative" treatments. I'd hate to see him go from "Hey guys, check out this properly-cited article regarding ibuprofen's effects on concussion victims!" to "Hey guys, check out this Geocities page on this totally gnarly homeopathic remedy derived from Muscovy Duck livers!"
    So Outside The Lines (best sports journalism in the world) has published a series of letters between Lou Gehrig and his doctor between his diagnosis and death.

    It's painful to see how little we've advanced as a society in terms of medical quackery. Supplementation with vitamins and amino acids, miracle cures peddled by "reliable" sources, and... this cracked me up.

    There is a new fad in New York, which folders I am sending you under separate cover. This fad is the drinking of raw vegetable juices and two new shops have been opened in New York and all the belles who are on the verge of falling apart are just flocking these places in their idle moments.

    Eleanor, yesterday, was virtually dragged into one of these joints and had hardly seated herself when one of these carrot top, anemic dames walked up and attempted to sell her wheat germ pills with the statement that "these are what cured Lou Gehrig."
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRuss View Post
    I'm putting the histamine hypothesis to the test.

    Doctor: "Don't do anything until you've talked to [new neurologist]."
    New neurologist's receptionist: "Six month waiting list."

    So I went out and bought some generic Claritin (loratadine), and I'm going to give it a test drive over the next week or so. We'll see what happens.
    Loratadine was a bust. I just picked up some diphenhydramine (read: Benadryl drowsy). Going to give that a try.

    down some pills
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    I'm not sure benadryl is going to help you if other anti-allergy, anti-histamine, anti-inflammatories haven't helped....
    Best of luck though... Here's hoping.
    I assume you've tried Ibuprofin already since it's one of the better anti-inflammatories....
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    Ibuprofen + concussions = bad news. Found that one out the hard way.

    I've got high hopes for the vasoconstriction end of things with Benadryl, though. It sounds like most of the non-drowsy antihistamines are designed not to penetrate the blood-brain barrier, which is useless to me.
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    It does prevent vasoconstriction...
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    It does prevent vasoconstriction...
    I'm aiming for vasoconstriction - or more properly, to offset histamine-induced vasodilation. And pupil dilation.

    And a pony, while I'm at it.
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    Ummmm http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/inju...nhydramine.htm
    Pharmacodynamics: Diphenhydramine is a first generation antihistamine and is a H 1 receptor antagonist. Antagonism is achieved through blocking the effect of histamine more than blocking its production or release. Diphenhydramine inhibits most responses of smooth muscle to histamine and the vasoconstrictor effects of histamine. The antagonism may also produce anticholinergic effects, antiemetic effects, and significant sedative side effects.

    Emphasis is mine. Looks like it prevents vascoconstriction....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kintanon View Post
    Ummmm http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/inju...nhydramine.htm
    Pharmacodynamics: Diphenhydramine is a first generation antihistamine and is a H 1 receptor antagonist. Antagonism is achieved through blocking the effect of histamine more than blocking its production or release. Diphenhydramine inhibits most responses of smooth muscle to histamine and the vasoconstrictor effects of histamine. The antagonism may also produce anticholinergic effects, antiemetic effects, and significant sedative side effects.

    Emphasis is mine. Looks like it prevents vascoconstriction....
    That's the first time I've ever seen histamine referred to as a vasoconstrictor - every other reference I've ever seen refers to its effect on the H1 receptor as vasodilation. Specifically:

    Benadryl and related compounds completely annul the vasodilator effect of the minimal doses of histamine which produce maximal vasodilatation.
    Folkow, "Observations on Reactive Hyperaemia as Related to Histamine, on Drugs Antagonizing Vasodilatation Induced by Histamine and on Vasodilator Properties of Adenosinetri phosphate"


    Edit: Check that.

    In contrast to the systemic circulation, in the pulmonary circulation, histamine generally elicits vasoconstriction mediated by H1-receptors and vasodilatation by H2-receptors.
    -Marshall, "Characterization and distribution of histamine H1- and H2-receptors in precapillary vessels."
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    Hmmm, what ramifications will that have for the brain? I BARELY understand what I'm reading here, you're background is a lot stronger than mine here.

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