Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone
Low MSH test results can be related to Lyme disease and is likely caused by it. (Normal is 35-81).
Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone is an antiinflammatory, regulatory hormone made in the hypothalamus. It controls production of hormones, modulates the immune system and controls nerve function. Reduced MSH can cause sleep disturbance, chronic pain, gastrointestinal problems, resistant staph bacteria, prolonged illness, reduced sex hormones and cause the pituitary to produce lower levels of anti-diuretic hormone (ADH), leading to thirst, frequent urination, and susceptibility to shocks from static electricity.
Patients may experience intense pain. It is low in biotoxin illness such as with Lyme disease. There is no MSH available in the United States of America.