Sleep Apnea and Fibromyalgia

Do you have fibro and struggle with getting asleep or staying asleep (insomnia)?

This is definitely something to look into. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can be very serious and cause other health concerns later in life. Not everything is fibromyalgia right?

Apparently 50% of folks with fibro also have sleep apnea! Those are really high numbers and worth looking into. My mom was just diagnosed with it and she is like a new woman! She can’t believe how much more energy she has since she got on the sleep apnea machine.

So yep. I am next. Making an appointment with my doctor soon to get this checked out. And yes, it’s a pain in the butt, yet another test to have done and another diagnosis. But I’d sure rather not die of some kind of heart disease just because I hate the thought of yet another diagnosis!

Here’s a quote from Dr Melissa Congdon, who treats fibromyalgia too:

“Why is it important to treat OSA? The Mayo Clinic notes, β€œSudden drops in blood oxygen levels that occur during sleep apnea increase blood pressure and strain the cardiovascular system. The more severe the obstructive sleep apnea the greater the risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure (perhaps men only) and stroke.” Some fibromyalgia patients with OSA who start getting adequate oxygen during sleep note they have less fatigue, mental fog and pain during the day.”

Check out Dr Melissa Congdon’s website for more info on this: http://melissacongdonmd.com/2015/11/increased-incidence-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-in-fibromyalgia-patients/

Have more questions about Fibromyalgia? Check out my Frequently Asked Questions list and get some answers! <3

About Christine

I'm a bit of a health nut and not ashamed of it! God, family and Missions are huge passions and driving forces in my life. I have had fibromyalgia for most of my life and am in the process of a treatment that is gonna give me my life back! Join me in my journey to wellness, make some new friends and maybe encourage someone else along the way!
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10 Responses to Sleep Apnea and Fibromyalgia

  1. Stephanie says:

    Hi Christine…I just found out I have sleep apnea as well. Apparently it can be genetic. I did a sleep study at home which was great! I am 1 month in and it has really helped my energy and brain fog! Hope you are able to get yours done soon!

  2. Betty says:

    Hi Christine……is rib pain associated with fibro? I have intense rib pain and makes it hard to sit for long periods.
    Can we take garlic pills?
    Thanks for your help.

    • Christine says:

      Hi Betty πŸ™‚
      rib pain? I guess it depends on what kind of pain that is. I get pain around that area because my muscles cramp up, a swig of dill pickle juice usually calms it down.
      No to garlic pills! Those are a plant, and is concentrated into a pill form, so it would block your guaifenesin from working to get you better! <3 Hang in there!

      And if it feels like it's around the heart area or something feels off, PLEASE so see your doctor! <3

  3. Jannelle says:

    Terrible insomnia here but the apnea sleep test was negative. I was kind of bummed cause I’d seen it help others.

  4. Shelley Grimes says:

    Hi Christine!!
    I have sleep apnea too!
    I did my sleep study and I just got my machine on Wednesday.
    I am now trying to bond with this mask that hurts my nose and the machine!
    It has been a very interesting week. Looking forward to some better sleeping!!

    • Christine says:

      Hi Shelley!
      wow, it’s amazing how many people with fibro do! We are always learning new stuff hey? SO thankful for the amazing Doctors who spend their lives figuring this stuff out and helping us!
      My mom tried 4 different masks before she found one she likes and is comfortable with. She really likes the one she has now and is so thankful for that machine! πŸ™‚ hang in there, it’s gonna just get better and better! <3

  5. Cindy Theriault says:

    I have sleep Apnea as well. I am doing my second trial with CPAP, but I have so much trouble finding a mask that does not hurt my face and cause so much tension. It would be wonderful to be able to use it.

    • Christine says:

      Hi Cindy!
      it took my mom a while to find one she likes and is comfortable with too. She is SO thankful she stuck it out. She has so much energy and sleeping so much better, it’s worth it apparently! Hang in there! <3 hugs!

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