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   Posted 6/9/2010 3:33 AM (GMT -6)   
This has been going on for some time now. I take xanax some nights to help me sleep and even that is not helping now. eyes Is insomnia a common problem with FM?
Fibromyalgia,arthritis,raynauds syndrome,gastroparesis,IBS,depression and roseca
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   Posted 6/9/2010 5:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately, yes. I can get to sleep just fine, but I can only get 4-6 hours a night (which just isn't enough for me). I believe fibro has a sleep disorder component. Also, I wake up after a few hours because I am hurting from lying still, and I can't get back to sleep. (I'm writing this as someone who went to bed last night around midnight and was up by 4:30 this morning. *sigh*)

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   Posted 6/9/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Not sleeping and Fibro sem to go hand in hand, I do not sleep more then a few hours straight and wake up because of the pain.


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   Posted 6/9/2010 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately, the problem of insomnia is way too common. I've had Fibro all my life, not dx till about 5 yrs ago.
As a child, I drove my mother crazy - I couldn't take a nap. Then at bedtime, I couldn't go to sleep. I would lay in my bed until about
4 AM or so, fall off and wake up less than an hr later, just before my alarm went off.
As an adult, I go to bed about 10 PM w/ a Tylenol PM, I get to sleep around 12 AM, wake about 2:30 - 3:30 AM. Between my thimble-sized bladder, the burning pain in my back and the burning down my leg - I'M UP. So begins my day.
You would think after all these yrs, I would be used to this, not so. I am so tired. I try to exercise early in the day, try to keep as busy as possible, eat right and drink plenty of water (early until about 6 PM). I can't/don't nap, but I do have to stop during the day and lay down on a heating pad to rest my back. Every one in my birth family and my family here (DH and children + 'puppy') love to nap, and they sleep so deeply. They can't understand how I can't sleep. Me neither! 
I hope you can get some rest this eve.
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 6/9/2010 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor thinks treating the sleep disorder (that is definitely a big part of fibro) is the first and most important thing. I find a HUGE difference when I go through bad sleep phases....it's like I don't even belong to myself, strange as that sounds.
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   Posted 6/9/2010 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Like Alice, I have had sleep difficulties all my life. Even as a child, I was an insomniac. I always had difficulties falling asleep, and was often awake until the early hours of the morning. I would wake up each morning, often tireder than I was when I went to bed. As a younger adult, this pattern continued. Finally, in my 30's, I started having no trouble falling asleep, but would still wake up exhausted. Then in recent years, I started waking during the early hours of the morning in a sweat, then dozing and waking a few minutes later for the remainder of the night. This was when I got diagnosed, and the doctor put me on Trazodone. This has helped me to remain asleep, and, for some reason, the night sweats have stopped. I still wake up tired, but not as bad as before. It is also much easier to deal with pain when I get a better night's sleep.

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   Posted 6/9/2010 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffered for decades with sleep problems. I usually wound up soaking in the tub of hot water. I hurt so bad. After I was dx'd last year the doctor prescribed Elavil for me at bedtime. It was like a miracle for me. I started sleeping through the night immediately. I also feel so much better now that I am getting a pretty good night's rest. Some nights I don't even take the pill. Sleep problems are a big problem for people with fb.
Fibromyalgia, arthritis in spine and hips, IBS, Raynaud's syndrome, hypertension
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   Posted 6/9/2010 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
 My sleep patterns are crazy.  Either I sleep like a rock or can't fall asleep.  Sometimes I fall asleep at 8:00pm and sleep till 7:00am.  I give up trying to figure it out
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
 ***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR),  disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress
 ***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day zocor , (soma, fioronal, tramadol, as needed).
 ***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),  
CO-Q 10,  flax or fish oil, ginsing, magnesium, B complex,

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