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   Posted 6/16/2010 3:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Why is this a common problem with FM?
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   Posted 6/16/2010 4:54 AM (GMT -6)   
sleep problems are a common FMS thing.  found that in my dummies book and went, "holy crap!  that's why?!"  So yeah its something that you'll have to talk to your doc about if it gets too bad.
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Translation: I have heartburn, IBS(undiagnosed), fibromyalgia, migraine-like headaches, sinus issues, allergies to cigarette smoke, perfume and animals, sensitive to weather-body heat issues and possible RA in hands, wrists and feet.
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   Posted 6/16/2010 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sheila - I don't know why all the sleep issues other than there are lots of possibilities as to why one can't sleep. My daughter has the problem where she can't get to sleep. I think once she is asleep she is ok. she is going to do a sleep study test in the near future. Who knows, maybe it will tell us something. How do you separate normal teenage sleep issues with FM sleep issues??!! We have tried hard to keep her on a regular sleep schedule, but it doesn't work. There are many nights she is laying wide awake in bed in the dark in the middle of the night. For her, its like her body turns on late evening. I know for some people they can't sleep because of pain, but that isn't her issue. I think for some that part of the brain gets damaged and malfunctions - hormones involved. I know since my mother had a major stroke many years ago she is unable to sleep without sleep meds. Good luck to you.


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   Posted 6/16/2010 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Sheila, pain is probably the biggest factor that doesn't allow us to get sleep. I wake up
almost nightly from pain. We miss out on the deep REM sleep and it's that sleep that our
body produces a hormone called somatostin. Somatostatin helps with restoring our body and giving us energy. I found that I sleep best when I take cyclobenzaprine before bed, but
I don't want to take a muscle relaxer every night. Sleep deprivation is frustrating!

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Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
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   Posted 6/16/2010 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I was able to lay down this morning and sleep a couple of hours. Right now I am wide awake and everyone is getting ready for bed. I am in pain for sure, nothing new. I am gonna take something tonight to help me sleep, maybe unisom.

Here's to a good nights sleep....just hope I can stay asleep.
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   Posted 6/16/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Sheila, have you tried putting yourself on a sleep schedule?  If you get up at the same time in the mornings and go to bed the same time at night, your body becomes accustomed to this and you should fall asleep easier that way.  I've been doing this for years and it helps me a  lot.
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   Posted 6/17/2010 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Sleep what is it for me it has gotten so bad and I have tried everything they can name. i don't sleep and I mean I don't sleep until it gets so bad my body geets exhausted and I just go to sleep for anything up too 18 hours straight. My doc. is thrilled i do this and he Thrilled I mean that it proves I can sleep and when this passes I will go back to sleeping as I normally do at least 8 hours at night.
As he told me in olden days they had nothing to make them sleep and they got to the wall and they slept that is his words.
I am sick of not sleeping for me not sleeping is part of a flare. The pain is really bad at present.

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