Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sleep apnea and Fibromyalgia

There seems to be a connection between Sleep Apnea and Fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder with widespread muscle and tissue pain. Pain also occurs when the muscle or tissue is touched. Difficulty moving, swallowing and problems with breathing are also symptoms. Another symptom is sleeping problems.

Over 80% of Fibromyalgia patients also suffer from sleep apnea. During stages three and four of the sleep stages hormones are released to repair muscles. Sleep apnea patients don’t reach stages three and four so the body hormones aren’t released. This in turn aggravates those with the Fibromyalgia disorder. There is a detailed explanation at the following proHealth site.

Fibromyalgia patients may also have alpha EEG anomaly. During sleep unusual brain activity takes place when the patient should be in deep sleep. This in turn will leave the patient extremely tired the next day. It should be noted that alpha EEG anomaly sufferers don’t have a problem falling asleep. The problem is the brain acts like it is awake.

Fibromyalgia patients can also suffer from conditions such as Bruxism (grinding of teeth) and restless leg disorder.
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  1. Just stumpled upon your blog while looking up stuff about Fibro and Sleep Apena. It is a pun intended. I was told after years of suffering with migraines that I had sleep apnea...then came the fibro. That with so much other stuff there are days that I wonder if it is worth it.

  2. Hi Pam,
    I know that it must be really difficult to deal with sleep apnea AND Fibro.
    Hang in there and I hope everything goes well

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