The Effect of Fibromyalgia on Sleep and Mood

Srikanth R By Srikanth R, 28th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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This article provides information regarding the effects of fibromyalgia on sleep and mood.

How Fibromyalgia affects sleep and mood:

Fibromyalgia (FM or FMS) is a medical condition with multiple symptoms. In this medical condition patient experiences body pain. Pain ranges from mild to severe. Fatigue, sleep problems, anxiety, headache and depression are common symptoms of this disease. Experts have still not been able to identify specific causes of this disease. They have not been able to attribute this ailment to any specific organism. There are no specific laboratory tests to confirm this medical disorder. Fibromyalgia may affect men and women of all ages. But it is most common among women in the age group of 20 to 50 years. This disease affects family life and relationships.

Sleep disturbance is one of the main symptoms of this disease. Patients suffering from fibromyalgia tend to wake up in between sleep with intense body ache and stiffness. They find it hard to go to sleep again. As a result of this they always have a feeling that they have not have enough sleep. In some patients pain tends to increase as the day progresses and reaches it peak at night before they go to sleep. This makes it very difficult for them to sleep.

Experts from Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center have reported that patients suffering from fibromyalgia experience mood swings like depression and anxiety. Scientists have not been able to determine the exact reason for this, but it is believed to be due to malfunction of the nervous system. According to American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association, this medical disorder can make it difficult for patients to concentrate on tasks, which results in a symptom called "Fibro fog". The reason for lack of concentration is believed to be sleeplessness and fatigue. As per research conducted by National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA), this disease can cause problems with memory. Patients may become irritable due to this.

Fibromyalgia has a huge negative impact on the general well being of the affected person. According to experts fibromyalgia affects twice as many people as rheumatoid arthritis, is more painful and is a major cause of disability and loss of work time. Fibromyalgia is a challenging condition to live with. Experts all over the world are working in an endeavor find a cure for this disease.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
30th Mar 2011 (#)

I've never heard the term "fibro fog," but as a 20 year sufferer of fibromyalgia, I can certainly attent to the sleep-related issues.

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author avatar Dr.Vandana Hedaoo
1st Apr 2011 (#)

I like your article, its so intresting to read about this.It can be helpful to me.
Thank you

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author avatar Denise O
1st Apr 2011 (#)

I have had Chronic myofascial pain for 23+ years and we share a lot of the same symptoms. "The fog" you write of, is hard at times but, with a few tricks you can overcome it. I understand it is hard to deal with at times but, it can be managed. Thank you for sharing.:)

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