Do you experience fibromyalgia symptoms such as pain all over your body including muscles and joints ?
Many patients with obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome experience rheumatic manifestation and fibromyalgia symptoms.
In this article you'll discover:
Fibromyalgia is a common but poorly understood syndrome, characterized by widespread diffuse pain lasting for at least 3 months, muscle discomfort and tenderness and complains of chronic fatigue.
The disease is more prevalent in women, especially after menopause, and the age of the patients is between 30 and 50 years of age.
Although the most common symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread pain in muscles and joints, this syndrome is associated with many other symptoms, such as:
You can find a short description of fibromyalgia symptoms in this video:
An interesting description of fibromyalgia symptoms by a real patient:
There is no known direct cause of fibromyalgia, although the researchers know that FM occurs:
This video explains more about the causes of fibromyalgia:
Studies have demonstrated that primary sleep disorders, especially sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy and periodic limb movements can also be found in patients with fibromyalgia.
You can read more in the article about rheumatic manifestations of sleep disorders.
Another study discusses about obstructive sleep apnea being a direct cause of fibromyalgia; however, although sleep apnea is found in select patients with FM, it does not appear to be responsible for symptoms of fibromyalgia.
You can read more in the article about Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome as an uncommon cause of fibromyalgia.
Encouraging is the fact that patients with a successful sleep apnea treatment can also diminish or even cure the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
When the sleep quality increases using the CPAP therapy, the pain intensity decreases. If the therapy stops, the chronic pain will reappear.
Patients with sleep apnea and fibromyalgia can treat both syndromes with CPAP therapy. The explanation for this treatment is unknown, but it has something to do with the improvement of sleep quality.
More exactly, polysomnographic studies of patients with fibromyalgia describe a multitude of sleep related issues (also caused by sleep apnea), such as:
The spectral electroencephalographic (EEG) analyses of patients with fibromyalgia have demonstrated an increase power in alpha frequency bands, which has been correlated with worsening of pain after sleep.
That's why the natural treatment for fibromyalgia is:
This video explain why the exercises can ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia:
More info in the article about non-pharmacological therapy and complementary and alternative medicine in fibromyalgia.
Regarding the treatment with medicine, some chemicals can be useful for one patient but ineffective for others. That's why is important for the treatment strategies to be individualized.
These medications are:
More info can be found in the article about Drugs for Fibromyalgia.
Bottom line...Patients with fibromyalgia symptoms should be evaluated for sleep disorders, including obstructive apnea and restless legs syndrome. In these type of patients, CPAP therapy can be really helpful, improving the fatigue, pain and sleep problems altogether.