Hi, Andi, and welcome! What medications is your mother taking? Mixing alcohol with medications could cause that problem plus, one of fibromyalgia's symptoms is a sensitivity to alcohol. She really shouldn't be drinking, I would say.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibro including a list of symptoms. You will learn a lot about this illness in that thread.
I'm glad you joined in and are looking for answers for this illness. See if your Mom will join in. We just might be able to help her some. We have wonderful, caring ,members that love to help one another. I hope to hear more from you soon and I hope to "meet" your Mom, too!
Most people with fibromyalgia do not go into a deep REM sleep. That is when the body starts to heal itself. Many of us don't dream or doze a lot. We also can have sleep apnea. Your Mom might be in that area because you said she was snoring. Last night, for instance, I was up every 1 1/2 hours. Even though I did get some sleep, it wasn't a restful, healing sleep and I have been dragging all day long. So, even though your Mom was sleeping and snoring for three hours doesn't mean she got in a deep, restful sleep.
It's things like this that you will learn if you read the Fibro 101 thread and do some searches. There is a lot to this illnesses and many observers don't believe it is real. But, trust me, for 22 years my body has been through a lot and it DEFINITELY is real!
Prehaps she's forgetting that she already took one of her medications and took it twice. I did that with xanax once and I was kind of out of it. I don't believe I was stumbling or mumbling though. Like someone else said, it's hard to tell what her problem is if we don't know what meds she's on. Alcohol can be a bigger factor than you think. People with fibromyalgia are really sensitive to alcohol. If I know that I'll be having a glass of wine, I don't take my pain meds or my xanax. I would be terrified to mix them. I'm not a person that has any hang ups about people having a drink now and then, but people with fibro or those taking medicine should be extra careful about having a drink.
I also agree with Rich, I think there are folks out there that self medicate and I think it happens more than one might think. He also mentioned depression and people do some pretty desparate things when they're depressed.
Andi... I don't know what your mom's problem is. But I don't blame you for being concerned. I agree with Spicey about any siblings that could step in?? I know if I saw my mom in a condition like you explained I'd be worried too. Maybe you need to spend a little more time with her than just one weekend to get a better handle on the situation. That's what I'd do.
I hope you'll stop back and let us know what's going on. Believe it or not.. I'll be thinking about you and hoping that all turns out for the best.
Most people with fibromyalgia do not go into a deep REM sleep. That is when the body starts to heal itself. Many of us don't dream or doze a lot. We also can have sleep apnea. Your Mom might be in that area because you said she was snoring.
I had the same thought about sleep apnea. Between that and the fibro, it would definitely keep her from getting any restful sleep, so she could very well be extremely sleep deprived.
Though I think many of the other posters have also brought up conditions to consider as well. Definitely encourage your mother to see a doctor.
You could of been looking in my kitchen window from about 5.30 0f an afternoon it gets so bad I can not wash a dish let alone cook ameal it gets so bad some afternoons. What causes it I can not tell you but from about 3 in the afternoon my body seems to come up against a brick wall. I have been told they are now looking into the fact there could be different types of FM I was talking to someone on the phone about FIBRO and he had read the same information and yes I am one of the lucky people who do not wake up feeling like death if I get any sleep at all. But afternoons are my worse time my kids have had a joke at me at times that I am like a drunk I stumble around fall over drop things slur my words you name it I do it. But it is like most things with FM it comes and goes if you are worried and can not go to the Doctor with your Mother see if you can get your step father to talk to the Doctor and get her to send you a letter about you mother maybe she is on the wrong mediction I have no idea what she is taking and no I do not drink but I have had a drink at parties 2 is my limit and I never drink with my medication so to drink I give up the pain killers. Give your Mother a chance as I have said Fm is different with all of us. My Doctor has FM so she looks at me and sees what works and doesn't I am willing to try different medications as they become availiable here in Australia. And YES Fibro is had to have anyone even know what it is here we do not have a support group. But a few of s have got together to support each other and talk on the telephone to get our problems off our chest. My kids are great they have all left home now but still see me almost every day to check up on my husband who is also ill if not calling in the phone. Give your mother a chance and have a talk to your step dad he will know what is going on.