Fibromyalgia and Sleep
any treatment plan must address both alleviation of pain and minimization of sleep disturbance.
Fibromyalgia is a persistent condition for which there is no cure. It is common for symptoms of fibromyalgia to wax and wane; they may be more severe at certain times of the day, month, or year and they may remit for an extended period of time only to reappear later either for no apparent reason or following a traumatic event such as an automobile accident. But there are ways of coping with fibromyalgia symptoms and preventing exacerbation of pain. Here are some tips:
According to the 1996 NSF Gallup poll, more women (58%) suffer from nighttime pain than men (48%). In the 2000 NSF Sleep in America poll, one in four women reported that pain or physical discomfort interrupted their sleep three nights a week or more.
Reviewed by Sherwood M. Chetlin, MD and Carol Landis, DNSc, RN, FAAN.