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Severe Jet Lag Symptoms
Circadian rhythm: We have an internal clock that is aligned with the 24 hr light cycle where we live. When we travel, especially west to east we are not aligned with the light in that time zone and our internal clock won't let us fall asleep sooner. Going west we can generally stay up later, but will have a tendency to wake up at our normal time which will be very early for the time zone we're in. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Perhaps: For some people, perhaps the severity can be the same, at least for a short time. A difference between these could be that jet lag recovers, while narcolepsy persists. You may find some questions to your sleep medicine questions answered here: http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/narcolepsy/glossary ...Read more
Appropriate timing : You can use short naps to help you adjust to your new time zone. Try and be active and outside in bright sunlight in the morning hours and stay active as much as possible in the daylight so you can sleep at night. Prolonged napping will prolong the jet lag. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why west jet lag causes early awakerning? Can't this be corrected by melatonin like when flying east?
Melatonin: A simple answer - YES! Safe travels. ...Read more
How severe is an albumin of 5.4? Please describe severity of symptoms? Crippling fatigue, pulsating symptoms, severe headaches, eye pain, nausea?
None of the above: I hope it doesn't disappoint you greatly to let you know that your Albumin levels are considered quite within the normal range. Of course, lab values do vary from one laboratory to another therefore, it would be best to find out the normal range in the laboratory you had the blood drawn or tested but for all intents and purposes the range of normal for Albumin is taken to be 3.5 to 5.5. ...Read more
NO: The direction you fly should not have a bearing on your sleep disturbances. It is more likely an underlying anxiety issue with flying. Discuss with your Parents and your doctor as if it is an issue, there may be some "pre-Flying" medication you can take. best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Severe joint pain, sudden onset, traveling from hip, shoulder, jaw. Low to mid grade fever. Headache, fatigue. No injury. Debilitating pain. 9 days.
Close your computer: If this is as severe and sudden as you describe I suggest immediate medical evaluation and ether your private physician or local UC clinic. ...Read more
Altitude sickness: Acute altitude sickness may be associated with any combination of the following symptoms: fatigue, headache, dizziness, insomnia, shortness of breath during exertion, nausea, decreased appetite, swelling of extremities. Altitude sickness develops when the rate of ascent into higher altitudes outpaces the body's ability to adjust to those altitudes. ...Read more
Possible chronic fatigue syndrome and noticeable REM rebound on sleep apnea treatment. Will taking antidepressants aggravate symptoms of both?
REM Rebound: Rem rebound is common when treatment for sleep apnea is started. Antidepressants will sometimes decrease rem sleep. They will not worsen rem rebound. They may indeed be helpful in chronic fatigue. It is also possible that your chronic fatigue may improve with sleep apnea treatment. A lot depends upon whether your fatigue is physical tiredness or sleepiness. Best wishes to you and i hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
Morning sickness: Morning sickness can be helped with ginger candies, ginger ale, or ginger tea; vitamin b6; peppermint candies or tea; nibbling on crackers or toast; or smelling fresh lemon, etc. I'm sorry, but this will not help the down's syndrome part. Homeopathy can also help morning sickness, and so can acupuncture. ...Read more
Anxiety : This may be explained with having an anxiety disorder. If one is worried and anxious, one may have problems falling asleep. Thus, one may be tired during the day from receiving a poor nights sleep last night. There could be other conditions as well. I would consider making an appointment with a good doctor to help sort this out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Severe depression: Loss of interest in things you previously enjoyed; sad mood most days; changes in appetite (either less or more); changes in energy (lethargic and flat, or anxious/agitated); changes in sleep (either too much, or disturbed -- especially with early morning awakening). Extremely negative thoughts about self & others; intense guilt; suicidal thoughts, etc. Psychiatrists & psychologists can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is this New?: If this is a new onset of headaches, you need immediate medical evaluation. ...Read more
Melatonin: Melatonin is effective at restoring your circadian rhythm - recommend taking 3-6mg 1 hour prior to your desired bedtime. If you are going to bed at say 1am and would like to be sleeping by 10pm, then take melatonin and go to bed 30min earlier each day to slowly restore your body back to it's earlier bedtime. If that is ineffective, a warm epsom salt bath with lavender essential oil may also help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer