At 24, I was diagnosed with an Autoimmune, Vasospastic disorder known as Raynaud’s Syndrome. It constricts blood flow, most commonly to fingers or toes, and presents itself when exposed to cold or vibration. Emotions and stress also come into play.
My previous years of smoking only exacerbated the issue.
In 2014, I started showing signs of a neurological disorder. The condition remains a mystery, yet some of the symptoms are similar to Parkinson’s disease; temporary mobility issues, uncertain of surroundings, memory and cognitive. Although this occurs randomly, temperature and high emotions also appear to be triggers.
Doctors have provided no definitive answers and 4 years later, I’m still undergoing tests and hoping for answers.
The neurotransmitter dopamine sends signals related to pleasure, reward and motor function across neurons in the brain. A lack of dopamine has been linked to movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. ©2013 Delilah R. Cohn
Vaping and Nicotine
GP’s, Rheumatologists, Neurologists and Cardio Vascular specialists, were initially a little dubious regarding my vaping habits, moreover the ingredients. The focus was never about vaping, and once I explained the formula of PG, VG, Nicotine and a dash of flavours, the general consensus was that little harm would likely be caused.
Emotions and stress can be a factor in so many ailments and certainly can be applicable to autoimmune and neurological conditions. Maintaining a calm, mental state is crucial to many disorders. Nicotine has shown to provide a calming effect as well as aiding in memory, one’s ability to focus, comprehend and analyse.
Signs of Improvement
After 20 years of high blood pressure, my BP has stabilised and blood flow has improved. My body is slowly healing, partially because I no longer smoke, and time has allowed for nerves to begin the healing process. (I’ve always been active and maintain a healthy diet)
Although there are grey areas, the medical opinion is this – It is likely that the continued use of nicotine reduces the frequency and intensity of Raynaud’s symptoms associated with emotion, as well as having a positive impact on various neurological disorders.
Vaping nicotine is not intended as a cure for illness. However, research suggests that the benefits can indeed be measured; both neurologically and psychologically. See our post – The Truth about Nicotine
Far too many are convinced that nicotine is little more than an addictive, dangerous drug. It’s a pity but this will change.