I have a question about fatigue. I have found that the pain I'm experiencing is so much more easier to deal with than the fatigue, which is seriously debilitating. I'm now on 600 mg/day of pregabalin which targets nerve pain. However I'm still in pain and have very bad crashes and spend most of my days fatigued or k-oed. That's not an option when I have a 3 year old and I REALLY want to and need to go back to work in Jan when she starts pre-school. I need to attack this condition from the fatigue direction rather than pain direction it seems to me.
Research into sleep patterns of fibro suffers indicates that we are losing out on the 4th stage of sleep, Rapid Eye Movement sleep, the restorative stage of sleep. Now it follows that if we are lacking restorative sleep then we'l be fatgued all the time. In effect we need more restorative sleep than others to help repair the muscle damage that occurs every day (often from doing very little activity) but we're actually getting a lot less. So our bodies can't cope and we crash-it's the body's way of forcing us to stop so that it can repair the damage. Interestingly research showed that when 'normal' people are deprived of the 4th stage of sleep they start to show fibro type symptoms-mmmmmmm!!!!!! So now I come to the question...............
Has anyone's sleep patterns been monitored in a sleep laboratory? I think very few in this country have. If so I'd really like to know the outcomes. I am determined to sort my illness out. I have so much I still want do with my life and I just can't give up and take drugs that don't work for the rest of my life. The GPs have limited knowledge and resources so it's easier to just give somone a drug and send them on their way when there could potentially be an answer waiting around the corner. I have to believe that and I have to investigate every possibility.
I look forward to hearing others' experiences