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Posted 24 April 2005 - 11:11 AM
Posted 26 April 2005 - 11:24 AM
I have recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, (restless leg syndrome, chronic fatigue, all kind of go hand in hand). I also have peripheral neuropothy. Tingling pain in my hands and feet, with shooting pains going down the arms and legs. The hands and feet will then fall asleep. It's basically nerve damage. I also have Osteomalasia (caused by malabsorbtion of calcium when the bones are developing.) Nothing you can see, just constant pain for me, mainly in the lower back and hips. It makes it difficult to sleep when you are constantly tossing and turning from pain. I realize now that I have had these problems all along the same time I suffered from Celiacs, but it all went undiagnosed.
Sometimes a person may not know that they are not sleeping. You may wake in the morning thinking that you got 8 or 9 hours but the reality is that you never fell into the deep REM kind of sleep, the restfull kind that we all need for body healing. When you toss and turn from pain or jerking muscles or tight muscles that never relax, you are obviously not going to fall into that deep sleep.
all of my problems are much better since I discovered that I have Celiacs and went gluten-free over a year ago. But I still suffer quite a bit from the pain and lack of sleep. I'm guessing that since it took my body many years to create all the damamge, it may take many years to undo it.
My doctor has put me on an antidepressant for the fibromyalgia. 25 mg. dose. It isn't a high enough dose to work for depression, but it helps with the pain by releasing endorfins, and also helps you sleep, which in turn helps with the pain. I also have Lidocaine patches that you place on the really sore muscles while you sleep. I have only been on these for about 2 weeks. At first I saw no difference, but I've noticed in the last few days that for the first time in years I am getting about 5 or 6 straight hours. WOW!!! I do feel better!! Pain is the same but I'm betting that will change too.
Definately regular excersise helps a ton. I try to run every day. It feels great when I do, but if I miss a day I really feel it.
P.S. I have 2 sound machines
Good luck with the sleep, Wendy
Posted 26 April 2005 - 06:23 PM
What does not kill you makes you stronger.
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Ian Moore. Self diagnosed at 36 because the doctors were clueless.
Started low-carb diet early 2004, felt better but not totally gluten-free. Went 100% gluten-free early 2005 and life has never been better.
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