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  •  I recently found out that an anti-depressant (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, ladybug53

    Works better as an analgesic for the gastrointestinal tract than it does for depression.

    Since my insurance co messed up my GI tract by screwing with coverage of the one reflux medicine that we knew actually worked for me, I'm now in need of something to force my GI tract to chill out, in addition to the more expensive med they previously cut. Alas, it keeps me awake - but at least I can eat without feeling the urge to duck in anticipation of the pain.

    •  The majority of serotonin is used in your (1+ / 0-)
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      radical simplicity

      GI tract not your brain. It's the chemical "micro-switch" underneath peristalsis.

      In the abdomen it is released by serotonergic neurons (nerve cells) when they tell small groups of muscles when to contract. It's the orderly sequence of muscle contractions that moves stuff through your digestive system.

      Good you found something that helps.

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 01:14:21 PM PST

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