The symptoms that potrait the disease called fibromyalgia includes body pain throughut the joints and muscles of the body, sleepless night, fatigue and much more. But the most painful thing to suffer for a fibromyalgia patient is the sleeping problem. Pain causes sleep deprivation, and lack of sleep increases pain. Deep sleep actually acts as a pain reliever. A strategy for uninterrupted sleep is an essential element of treatment for those with fibromyalgia.
Level Of Difficulty: Moderate
1)Find a knowledgeable, empathetic doctor. Various treatment methods should be tried in order to battle the extreme fatigue and sleeping trouble that you will experience. Your family doctor may work with you, or refer you to a rheumatologist or neurologist.
2) Analyze your condition with your physician to check on your sleeping condition that has to do with FMS. According to Fibromyalgia-symptoms.org, up to 80 percent of people with fibromyalgia may also have sleep apnea, a disorder that causes stoppages in breathing while asleep. Besides sleeping disorder, 20-40% of fibromyalgia sufferers will experience the resless leg syndrom (RLS) causing irritation to their legs during the night. Some RLS sufferers may also have periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), causing involuntary and sometimes violent movement of the limbs while asleep. Then, 75% of fibromyalgia patients will suffer muscle pain in their neck, face, shoulders with the Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD). However, these disorders are all cureable. You jut need o cooperate with your doctor to help you and you will be able to sleep better. You need to be able to take control of your fibromyalgia.
3) Improve your sleeping time-table. Wake up and go to bed at a certain time daily to adjust your sleeping schedule. In addition, prevent yourself from taking coffee and liquor. Doing this will improve you sleeping ability and extend the hours of your sleep. It will also to check on your sleeping habit and report your progress to your doctor. Keeping a diary of when and how you sleep will also aid you doctor in determining your sleep strategy.
4)Introduce light exercise, massage and other relaxation techniques into your day. The main goal is to relax yourself in order to encourage better a sleeping condition. But, you must remember that you should not exercise 3 hours before you sleep.
5) Ask you doctor to give you some medication to help you sleep Taking TCAs (trycyclic antidepressants) in low dosage has prove to help patient to sleep better. You can even opt for alternative treatments ans treat fibromyalgia with therapeutic massages.
6) Be positive. If your current treatment is unsuccessful, or your doctor is not acting as your advocate, you do have options. There are alternative solutions like going to a different doctor or getting help from related health centres.