I am reblogging this because I could never write anything so accurate, heartfelt and informative on the subjects of fibromyalgia and sleep deprivation. I learned a whole lot about FM and I have been diagnosed with it for about 16 years now! Please read it if you know me or someone else with FM.
Its a basic equation. Every body needs sleep. During sleep we go through ‘cycles’ of activity in our brain when different things happen. Everyone has heard of REM sleep, for instance, as the part of the cycle where you dream.
People with fibromyalgia do not reach the deepest level of sleep. This is the part of the overall cycle where your body repairs itself, when particular hormones are released to make these essential repairs.
I think everybody knows what its like to be tired.
I think everybody knows what it feels like when you have overdone physical activity and have your muscles ache.
And I think everybody knows what its like to pull/strain/tear a muscle.
But most people feel better after a good night’s sleep or two. Simply because, normally, the brain works during sleep – or to look at it another way, it uses sleep – to rebuild and…
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Very familiar right after my stroke chronic spasticity I referred to it a a permanent “charlie horse” wracked my left side controlled now by botox injections and a baclofen pump. Sleep depravation sucks!
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I am sorry to hear of your post stroke problems and the treatments you need to control it. I have a problem with a constant “itch” on my right shoulder blade. Apparently it is due to damaged nerve endings?
I found this post to be right on with my own problems. I hope you got some benefit as well.
Botox is good for local issues, the Baclofen was more global to both legs, but that I hope to wean off as it weakens both legs it is a muscle relaxer, and I’m fighting to stay on my feet still pain or no. The Oral baclofen made me dopey, couldn’t drive. have the looked at phelan?