Fibromyalgia is best known as an illness that causes chronic, widespread body pain. Although pain is the predominant feature, the four primary symptoms of fibromyalgia are pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive problems (fibro fog).
Most people with fibromyalgia have an associated sleep disorder that makes it difficult for them to get the deep, restorative sleep they need. As a result, they do not wake up feeling rested or refreshed. Studies have documented that the Stage 4 sleep of FM patients is repeatedly interrupted by bursts of awake-like brain activity, limiting the amount of time they spend in deep, restorative sleep.
Cort Johnson recently reported on Health Rising’s 2014 Sleep Survey which asked people with fibromyalgia and ME/CFS to rate the effectiveness of various drugs, supplements and sleep practices. Hundreds of comments on the drugs surveyed – as well as other drugs – flowed in. They’ve now been incorporated into two new resource sections.
They indicate how creative the ME/CFS/FM communities have been in trying to get good sleep. Hormone therapy, Zoplicone, LDN. dopamine and even stimulants work for some people. Others use intriguing combinations of drugs and supplements.
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Thank you, Cort Johnson and Health Rising, for this important information.
ProHealth is pleased to share information from Cort Johnson. Cort has had ME/CFS for over 30 years. The founder of Phoenix Rising and Health Rising, he has contributed hundreds of blogs on chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and their allied disorders over the past 10 years. Find more of Cort’s and other bloggers’ work at Health Rising.