Does sleep factor into your fibro pain?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Does sleep factor into your fibro pain?
Mon, 08-06-2012 - 1:07pm

Do you notice a difference in your pain levels when you don't get enough sleep? Does getting more sleep help with your pain or just with coping with your pain?


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Registered: 06-06-2000
Tue, 08-07-2012 - 3:10pm

For me, sleep is one of the "big three" factors in my pain: Sleep, Diet, and Exercise.  So long as I get enough of sleep and exercise, and quality food, I feel o.k. for the most part.  Get me messed up on my sleep schedule, and it's major pain ahead.  Unfortunately, things like stress, travel, sick kids, big events, etc., often get in the way of good sleep, especially working nights the way I do.  I am able to get mostly good sleep, though, taking flexeril, calcium, and vitamin D at bedtime, thankfully.  If not, I take an extra dose of tylenol and tramadol and do my best to make it through the day.  Since starting the IVIG, which funny enough is a treatment for FM at this huge clinic specializing in FM, I have felt so much better!  I do have my bad weeks, with stiff, painful total body-itis, as I call it, where everything just hurts like the dickens and all I want to do is sleep, but can't, but it's only for a short period of time now, like a few days to a week, instead of MONTHS, and not as bad as it was before!

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Registered: 10-22-2001
Sat, 08-11-2012 - 5:24pm

Sleep is something that helps me with the RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis)...We just moved and I have been sleeping soundly.

I know my body and my mind need the rest...:smileywink:...