At my last rheumatologist appointment, my rheum and I talked about the significant fatigue I had been experiencing. I would get up for a few hours in the morning and then immediately have to go back to bed for several hours, despite getting between seven and 12 hours of sleep per night.
Since I got sick, sleep has been an issue for me, to a greater or lesser extent. I would say that I always have some pain while sleeping, but especially when I am flaring. It literally feels like my body is crushing in on itself. I take both anti-anxiety medication and a muscle relaxant to help me sleep at night, and for the most part, this works.
Fatigue is common in RA, and something that most of us struggle with.
I think a lot of times, we don’t necessarily associate the fatigue that comes with RA to the fact that we may not be sleeping well. Sounds simple enough. But I think we think of fatigue as a symptom rather than a suggestion of s...
MY FAMILY SLEEPS
In my dreams Gargoyles with drooling teeth and blood-tipped claws grip me by my joints, tugging, pulling, tearing, wanting me. My family sleeps
In my dreams I lay my swollen head back and close my throbbing eyes and paralyzed, I scream. My family sleeps.
In my dreams A silent scream is heard by none and I awake. I imagine the dampness around me is blood instead of sweat, and, My family sleeps.
I my dreams the Gargoyles await me. In the night there is no escaping the pain. My eyes watch shadows on the ceiling, and My family sleeps.
It has long been suggested that acid reflux can cause significant issues with sleep for both adults and infants. Now there is some scientific proof to what we all have seen on a daily basis in our own homes. A recent presentation at the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 75th Annual Scientific meeting in San Antonio, discussed three studies that fell under the umbrella of this topic ( 1 ). Not only did the studies suggest that acid reflux disturbs sleep but they went on to associate poor cognitive functioning following the disrupted sleep episodes. Sleep was so disturbed by acid reflux episodes that participants in one study had "impaired psychomotor function" as exhibited by poor driving simulator performance. These issues improved with proper GERD treatment ( 1 ). It would be interesting to document whether children dealing with acid reflux noted issues with concentration or study habits. Whether they have additional issues with "acting out" or othe...
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