Should i just sleep in the bathroom?

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   Posted 7/2/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   

My fibromyalgia's symptoms got worst recently, and it is becoming harder and harder for me to sleep.


I'm now getting up to go to the bathroom about 6 times a night. I don't know where all that liquid comes from. This is one of the worse times in my life.


When i came back from the bathroom for the last time, my wife was seating in the bed and crying. She keeps saying how young i am, but how old my body acts. I’m only 27.


It like an never ending battle, as soon as i can manage the pain so i can fall asleep, i need to go to the bathroom.


Anybody having the same problem?

Any ideas?



I've thought of drinking less, but my doctor told me i could dehydrate.




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   Posted 7/2/2009 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Some of us do have this problem. Many stop drinking anything around 5 pm -- some stop a couple of hours before bedtime. Dehydration should not be a problem during sleep. If you do wake up super thirsty, just take a couple of small sips of water......... helps more if you swish them around in your mouth to wet everything down before you swallow. I'm sure you will get other suggestions for this, too.
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   Posted 7/2/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Niccoli!

And welcome to our family...I'm so glad you have joined us. I'm sure your wife is very concerned out of love for you. When someone you love is in pain and things are happening that don't seem logical it's frightening. Fibromyalgia makes you feel old but it doesn't have to destroy your life.

My first concern for you right now is your frequent trips to the bathroom at night. Fibromyalgia shouldn't do that to you. There are several other things that can and are treatable. You need to have your doctor check out why this is happening and as soon as possible. You don't need to live this way. If your doctor won't do some more testing ask for a referral to a specialist or change doctors. This shouldn't be ignored. Some things that can cause frequent urination can be was for me; drinking too much liquid late in the day will cause night time problems; bladder and prostate problems; and the list goes on and on.

Now that I probably frightened you, which was not my intention, try first to relax and reassure your beautiful bride that you will be OK once you find out what's happening. Sometimes this is an embarrassing topic to bring up with a doctor. If so then write down all of your symptoms along with when this happens...sort of like a journal...and hand it to your doctor to read. He'll take over and ask the questions.

Please keep us posted on your progress and also invite your wife to join our forum. This is a place for those with fibro and those who love someone who suffers. You can and will have your life back...hang on (extending hand) and we'll all get you through this together.

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   Posted 7/3/2009 1:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Niccoli. Welcome to our group. I agree with Chutz. Ask your doctor because this could be something else that is easily fixed.

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   Posted 7/3/2009 4:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Niccoli, and welcome!  I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  I usually have to use the bathroom about every 2 hours throughout the night.  I'll have water with my dinner and then some water for my nighttime meds.  I also have a glass of water in the bathroom and take a sip before heading back to bed at night.  I do drink a lot of water throughout the day and I've never had a problem with dehydration.
I have found that if I have a small snack of something with salt, like potato chips, that helps retain the fluids and I'm not running quite as often at night. 
I see you have mentioned this to your doctor.  Has he checked you for diabetes?  That causes frequent urination and I'm diabetic.  You should be checked out to rule out other possible problems. 
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread....the second thread on the forum.  There are links to good information about fibromyalgia.  You will learn a lot.  Also, there is a world of information in the back posts, too. 
Don't hesitate to ask questions.  We are here to help you.  I hope to hear more from you soon.
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   Posted 7/6/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
i have irritable bladder and it is a pain .. sometimes... i find that if i stop drinking about 2 or 3 hours before bed.. and only have small sips until bed if i find i am thirsty i don't wake up as much

some times are better or worse

I try to drink 2 500ml bottles of water by 3pm then slowly drink one between 3 and 7 or 8 that way i still get my water but not disturbing my sleep as much

hope that helps
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Post Edited (Carnissa) : 7/6/2009 9:07:21 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/7/2009 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I know exactly how your feeling i have said to myself i should just live in the bathroom i could go up to twenty times in the day and then around 5 6 times at nite my doc told me its a side effect of amitriptline and try and stick it out but i dont know if its worth it or not. As im not feeling the benefit of the ami as yet only been on it three weeks and like you im only 31 and my OH is in a wheelchair he had a raod traffic accident ten years ago so its hard for both of us as there isnt mcuh he can do to help if im having a bad day and cant make it to the loo.
I have probably gone completley of what i wanted to say i usually do but what i really watn to say is your not alone so when its the middle of the nite and your at the loo think of me i will probably be sitting there to.
Love Gracie oxoxo

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   Posted 7/7/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Niccoli and welcome to the family. I agree with some of the others about being checked for diabetes and if that is not the problem you should go to an urologist to be checked. I know your very young but you should have your prostrate checked if it hasn't been. My youngest son has had problems with frequent urination all his life so it is not just an old person's problem and it doesn't have to be related to fibro. I'm almost 59 and I only get up once in the wee morning hours to use the bathroom and I'm on amitriptyline. This may be something that can be corrected easily and is not a life sentence to spend your nights in the bathroom.
Good luck.
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   Posted 7/7/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I am finding that it's becoming slower and slower, when I have to pee, and it takes longer for a flow to start. But the only time I was up all night peeing was when I had edema from meds, and that stopped when I was not filled with fluid any more. Keep us posted!

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   Posted 7/7/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi welcome to the fibro family. Just curious have you been checked for diabetic?

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   Posted 7/7/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
New here.... With many questions...that I'm sure I'll get around to.. Just reading now and getting used to the idea of knowing, along with failed back fusion, I have fibro and at 33 will never be pain free...silky
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