Fibromyalgia Pain and Insomnia How I Cope With Painsomnia

Fibromyalgia and Insomnia

Painsomnia and Fibromyalgia

Last night I had the most terrible nights sleep I’ve had in quite a while.  I went to bed around 10:00; woke up around 1:00 am. Doesn’t sound so bad right?
 
The problem? I didn’t go back to sleep.  I have this problem a lot.  
I take Melatonin to help with getting to sleep, which works well to help relax me and sometimes I can get past the pain so I can actually drift off.  The draw back is I find that I wake up frequently around 1:00 am, hurting, aching and unable to find a comfortable way to sleep.
I Can’t lay on my left side or my right due to pain in my shoulders and hips. Laying on my back I get short of breath. I’m only partially comfortable sitting half propped up to sleep. 
 
Then there is the added problem of my brain not knowing when or apparently how to turn itself off for sleep. After all, what better time  is there than one in the morning to think about what to cook for dinner on Friday?
I mean it is not like this decision threatens world peace or anything!  No wonder there is no sleep to be had in my camp. Okay, you get the picture. I toss and turn and think and hurt and toss and turn and try not to concentrate on all of my aches & pains and of course dinner. On and On and On my mind wanders and I travel down paths of no return!

Bottom line, I basically have no sleep. 

The truth is it is all due to Fibromyalgia.
 
On a somewhat different note, today I had a mammogram appointment. Upon arrival, the lady at the desk told me, “I apologize ahead of time for your lengthy wait.” This was not the way I wanted to start out that visit.  
 
I was already primed for a very achy & very tiring day, so sitting in a crowded waiting room, just played double time with my sensory overload problem. (Just another fabulous perk of Fibromyalgia.) Sarcasm heavily intended with that last statement. I was lucky I only waited for an hour and a half. The mammogram went quickly and I got out of there! Doctor’s offices, stress me out. (I think they do everybody though, so nothing new there!) =)
I promise there is a silver lining here somewhere! I love trying to find the bright side in any situation, it helps the days go so much better.  The bright side in all of this is that I have the sweetest mother EVER!
She kept my very rambunctious two-year old all day for me and made me supper to boot! Two jars of homemade vegetable soup to warm my weary body and feed my hungry crew. Just in case I haven’t mentioned it before, I have an angel for a mother. 
On a more creative note, I crocheted another cute towel topper for my kitchen. My old ones were getting pretty ratty.  I always consider this quite an accomplishment, since my hands are always so achy.  I love the creamy color of this cotton yarn. These little towel toppers are genius! 
They have a little loop crocheted underneath, to loop a kitchen towel through. When the towel gets dirty, you just pull it out and put a new one in! Genius I tell you! I found the pattern for these on crochet pattern central:  You can find the pattern here ~ 
Once you try this one, you won’t go back to the ones that you sew!
Crochet No Sew Towel Topper

                       
                                        
   “Happiness is like jam, you can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself.”


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