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TressiaN
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   Posted 2/15/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with FM in Nov. so I'm still learning how to deal with problems that go with Fibro. The problem I have been having lately is severe fatigue. Does anyone have any ideas that will help with fatigue. I go to sleep exhausted, and i wake up exhausted and I don't feel like getting off the couch. Any help would be appreciated
 Diagnosed with -FM, Degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, arthritis, Lupus., undifferentiated connective tissue disease. 
Medications- Plaquanil, 800 Ibuprofen, Lortab, Cymbalta 


faye davis
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   Posted 2/15/2010 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently ( 4 monthes ago) started taking melatonin at night about an hour before bedtime . I found that it really
helps getting to sleep . You can get a bottle at Walmart or any pharmacy for about 5 bucks . I just bought a small
bottle at first to see if it helped .

MsBunky
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   Posted 2/16/2010 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tressia,

It sounds like you're not getting the restorative sleep you need at night - are you waking at night because of pain? You might want to ask your doctor about a slow release med you could take in the evening that would work thru the night to control your pain, so you can sleep better. Are you able to nap during the day at all? I find that either a nap, or even just sitting on the couch for 2 breaks of 30 minutes each (morning and afternoon) listening to relaxing music can really help.

I average about 3 hours of sleep a night and not all in a row, so I know how exhausted you can feel during the day. Try these tips and hopefully you will get some relief.

Take care,

Pam
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   Posted 2/16/2010 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
TressiaN,

I take Adderall during the day and it does wonders for the fatigue. You might want to mention that to your doc. There are other meds that help such as Ritalin and Provigil. I have tried all three, but the adderall helps the most. Taking this along with my pain meds has helped me get a job and work. I would highly recommend this if you are okay with taking medications.

I hope that you feel better soon.

Hugs, Karen
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Marlee2
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   Posted 2/16/2010 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Fatigue has always been my biggest problem from the beginning. I have been having problems with waking early in the morning for several weeks now, been awake since 4:00 this morning. Night before last I really felt like I did get good restorative sleep but no matter how I sleep I give out by 2 or 3 in the afternoons. It is so frustrating when there is so much in your mind you want to do but the body won't cooperate. I did try adderal but it upped the anxiety so stopped that right away.
 
I know there are days when I feel like a zombie from lack of sleep but you have to keep moving or you will have more pain. I'm not able to sleep during the day and really don't want to cause I try to stay on a sleep schedule, that is important to us. If I stop during the day it only makes me more tired so I keep going as long as I can and then quit for the day. I do lay on the couch in the late afternoons and rest.
 
The more we do the more energy we have but for me I have to find that fine line everyday between doing enough and getting enough exercise and pushing too much and ending up feeling like a wet noodle.
 
I have also found that if I'm doing something I enjoy I have more energy than when I'm doing something I don't enjoy.
 
Stress not only causes me pain but it also zaps my energy so I do try to keep stress as low as possible for both reasons, but of course you can't always keep stress out of your life.
 
I take 100 mg of amitriptyline and 1 1/2 mg of xanax at bedtime and I do fall right to sleep so I'm working on something that will put me back out when I wake too early. I have tried taking more xanax but that doesn't seem to work too often. I know pain is part of the reason I wake (usually neck and headache) so I might try taking a half of a vicodin to see if that works.
 
If your like me you don't have enough energy on good days so not sleeping only makes it worse.
 
Hi Faye and welcome to the family.
 
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Chartreux
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   Posted 2/16/2010 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Another idea you might want to consider is a sleep study. Ask your Primary Care Doctor about it or the Doctor that is treating your fibro. It might be worth it. Hope this info helps and that you can get some better sleep soon.
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merrygirl
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   Posted 2/16/2010 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree about the sleep study. I had one done and it shows i syope breathing about every 5 minutes. that is not condusive to feeling good!

I also take ritalin in the day. B12 shots also help.
Chronic Lyme Disease,Fibromyalgia, CFS, PCOS, sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, type 2 diabetes, bulging discs to name a few


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   Posted 2/16/2010 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Merrygirl,

Does the ritalin help with your fatigue? I took concerta, which is a form of ritalin, but the form it was in didn't breakdown in my stomache and it was very inconsistant as for helping with the fatigue. Do you take regular ritalin?

Hugs, Karen
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getting by
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   Posted 2/16/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I wanted to mention too Tress, if you can get out for a walk now and then, that does help with the fatigue. I found out that exercise creates energy, but it is getting started that is difficult.

Hugs, Karen
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TressiaN
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   Posted 2/16/2010 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I want to thank everyone for the advice. It gives me some idea where to start to get the fatigue under control. I do have alot of problems sleeping because of pain and i will talk to my doctor about it on my next visit. It is such a blessing to have others to talk to when dealing with Fibro. I was making alot of mistakes until i found this sight and learned what i was doing wrong. I hope i can help others as much as you have helped me.
 Diagnosed with -FM, Degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, arthritis, Lupus., undifferentiated connective tissue disease. 
Medications- Plaquanil, 800 Ibuprofen, Lortab, Cymbalta 


Statgeek
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   Posted 2/17/2010 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there. Me too! I was wondering last week if the pain kept me awake (during the day)! I felt pretty pain free, but totally exhausted. Here are a few things that help:
alternate activities (sitting with moving)
vitamins
muscle relaxer - um mmmm oh! zanaflex before bed
no coffee after 4:00
bedtime ritual. Mine is to get all ready for bed, then sit in the bed and read a little of my Bible or lately my Menopause book or do an easy crossword.
If you are trying to concentrate, peppy happy music in a language other than your own can keep you awake without trying to make you sing along.

These help sometimes.
Sue

Hopegirl
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   Posted 2/18/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Provigil really seems to help me. smilewinkgrin
 
 
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   Posted 2/18/2010 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Sue,

I liked what you said about listening to foriegn music. lol... That really cracked me up.

hugs, Karen
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Statgeek
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   Posted 2/19/2010 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
haha! Thanks. It really works. I work in a small office with flourescent lights and no windows and spend lots of time reading scientific journal articles. Any one of those could make you sleepy! Those journal articles are complex and hard to comprehend. You have to read them a few times. Lately I have been listening to happy jumpy music from Africa. I cannot understand a word of it! ;) You can find it on . . . dang! I forget . . . web, no, . . window's media player in the radio tuner spot.

Hischildvalda
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   Posted 2/21/2010 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Provigil helps me too. It isn't an upper nor is it addictive.
1999 Fibromyalgia and all the fun stuff that goes with it came to live with me.
 


merrygirl
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   Posted 2/21/2010 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I take regular ritalin. 10mg 2x a day.

It seems to help. I dont notice any side efffects.
Chronic Lyme Disease,Fibromyalgia, CFS, PCOS, sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, type 2 diabetes, bulging discs to name a few

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