Understanding exhaustion

Hands up if you didn’t get enough restful sleep last night. I’m raising both arms. There is more to understanding exhaustion than knowing how many hours of sleep a person had.

I have sleep apnea. I stop breathing 53 times an hours. Sitting in the doctor’s office, I listen as he explained that even after getting treatment for sleep apnea, I might not feel rested like many of his other patient. I might still feel exhausted as I have multiple illnesses that cause exhaustion.

#Anxiety - TopicsWithPassion.blogExhaustion can be a standout among the most crippling Graves’ disease, fibromyalgia, anxiety and depression side effects. You may feel as if your arms and legs are weighed down with cement and your body may be so emptied of vitality that each thing that you have to do obliges extraordinary effort.

In addition, people with fibromyalgia also have a hard time sleeping, because pain can keep you from getting profound, therapeutic rest, so you wake up feeling just as you have been hit by a bus.

“Painsomnia” is very real. So when people who suffer from chronic pain / fibromyalgia sleep during the day, they’re not lazy. It’s because we couldn’t sleep at night. Life with chronic pain / fibromyalgia is difficult, but we try as best as we can. It’s unreal how much pain chronic pain / fibromyalgia can cause to our bodies.

“Painsomnia” isn’t the only part of fibromyalgia that can steal sleep. Many people with this disease complain of a creeping, crawling feeling in their legs at night. The feeling is so uncomfortable that it makes you want to move, which wakes you out of a deep slumber. The resulting lack of sleep can have a real impact on your ability to function the next day.

Lack of proper sleep can lead to issues with your mind as well. You may have trouble concentrating, learning new data, and speaking. You may also be distracted easily. Fatigue can be extremely debilitating.

“Fatigue is different than being tired. When you are tired, you know that if you can just get some sleep you will feel better, but fatigue is still there when you wake up, it stays with you all day. It is a lack of energy, a feeling of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion.” – Unknown


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  1. I can so relate! I’ve had fibromyalgia (and most of the concurrent illnesses that go along with it—headaches, TMJ, IBS, endometriosis, etc) for 20 yrs now…the exhaustion and pain could get so bad at times I couldn’t raise my arms long enough to wash my hair while showering. Thankfully, I’ve been feeling better (not 100%, but about 80-90%) for a few years now.

      1. I’m on Savella and have been for about 8 yrs now. It’s been a God-send. I’d already tried Cymbalta and Neurontin without any success.

      2. I’m on Cymbalta now without any success either. I’m seeing my doctor again this summer. I’ll speak to her about Savella. See if it’s available here. Thanks for the tip. 🙂

      3. The only problem with Savella is there’s no generic for it yet, so it can be very expensive, especially if your insurance isn’t great or your deductible’s high… I hope you get some relief soon!

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