People’s Pharmacy: Melatonin can make sleep more peaceful
Tue., Oct. 25, 2016
The sleep expert recommended melatonin. Can something so simple really help?
Some doctors prescribe clonazepam (Klonopin) for this condition, but side effects such as dizziness, unsteadiness and confusion can be troublesome. Melatonin is a natural hormone made by the pineal gland in the brain. It regulates the sleep-wake cycle and may be helpful in keeping your husband from hitting you when he is dreaming (Sleep Medicine, January 2015).
The pain starts in my shoulder and runs all the way to my wrist. I went to work today despite the pain, but I am in agony.
I take regular pain medications for a fractured vertebra, and they have no effect on the pain in my shoulder. My range of motion is limited, and moving my left arm at all is incredibly painful. Unfortunately, I am left-handed. Unless this improves in the next few days, I’ll need to see my doctor. Do you have any idea how long it might last?
The standard explanation is that the pain and weakness are due to improper administration of the vaccine. This can damage the bursa, tendons or ligaments in the shoulder. Whether the flu shot itself is contributing to this problem is unknown.
The government offers a website to report such reactions: https://vaers.hhs.gov/index. People who have long-lasting injury due to vaccinations can apply for compensation. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has a phone number (800-338-2382) and a website (http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccine compensation/index.html).
What can I do? I have told the doctor about these problems, but she hasn’t done anything.
Before taking any action, please consult your physician. We are sending you our Guide to Managing Diabetes so you can discuss other options with her. Anyone who would like a copy, please send $3 in check or money order with a long (No. 10), stamped (68 cents), self-addressed envelope to: Graedons’ People’s Pharmacy, No. DM-11, P.O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027. It also can be downloaded for $2 from our website: www.peoplespharmacy.com.
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