I discussed using Oxytocin for CFS in a blog entry found here: https://livingwithchronicfatiguesyndrome.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/oxytocin-for-cfs/
I have now completed the Oxytocin injection treatment.
My first Oxytocin injection was 20U.
My second Oxytocin injection was 10U, this was several days after the first injection.
My third Oxytocin injection was 10U, this was several days after the second injection.
I did not experience any improvement in CFS symptoms while receiving the Oxytocin injections.
The effects Oxytocin had on me:
- Immediately after every injection (within several second) my face became hot and red. This is a commonly documented effect of Oxytocin injections.
- After the first injection, I had a mild headache. This headache was nothing compared to my normal chronic headaches and I am even reluctant to call it a “headache” due to its mild nature. This “headache” lasted for several hours.
- The morning after each injection I woke up feeling more refreshed than I am normally accustomed to. This refreshed feeling was mild however was still noticeable. This mildly refreshing feeling would only be noticeable for a few minutes on waking. The feeling was a similar feeling to the one I experienced while taking Endep. This leads me to conclude that the Oxytocin helped improve the quality of my sleep. Two mornings after the Oxytocin, the refreshed feeling would reduce and three mornings after the Oxytocin, the refreshed feeling would not be noticeable anymore. This was the pattern after every injection.
- After my third injection (3 hours later) I felt a worsening of my CFS symptoms. I was moaning in pain despite not being in a crashed state. This pain may have been a spurious similarity in relation to the Oxytocin injections although I cannot say for certain. After 2 days, the pain subsided and I was back to my normal CFS state.
CFS specialists don’t agree on a specific number of recommended Oxytocin injections. Some specialists give just one and only give subsequent injections if the original injection has positive results. Other CFS specialists give several injections over 2 weeks. Based on these facts, I believe my 3 injections were enough to determine if Oxytocin would have an effect on me. Oxytocin injections resulted in some mild “side effects” and improved sleep that was only a temporary improvement for me. 1 week after finishing the last Oxytocin injection, I feel the same as I did before starting the injections.