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Re: Feeling better mentally with viral infection-how?

Posted by bleauberry on October 11, 2009, at 19:24:06

In reply to Feeling better mentally with viral infection-how?, posted by sowhysosad on October 11, 2009, at 11:03:29

I think there may be two things at play here. The science of the body is too complex and poorly understood to make any accurate hypothesis. But off the top of my head, these are what came to mind:

There may be an inflammation component to your mood problems. Microcirculation is suffering, bloodflow to the brain is deficient, toxic waste not being cleared out. The anti-inflammatory agents you have been taking relieved much of that ongoing inflammation and thinned the blood for quicker clearance.

There is an immune system component to your mood problems. Under attack, your immune system has gone into overdrive. The immune system is way too complicated so I couldn't venture a guess what is going on. All I know for sure is that what goes on with the immune system directly impacts what goes on in the brain.

And the codeine cannot be ruled out. For someone who does not usually take opioid meds, the effect can be longer lasting than the halflife or longlasting than would be in someone who has used them more frequently. Maybe the codeine has an anti-inflammatory contribution as well?

Just some thoughts. It is an interesting question.




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