Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain and the medication (Gabapentin) I am on doesn’t help that much. When I am stressed, I don’t sleep well. The lack of sleep increases the pain and then I can’t sleep because of all the pain. I recently went two days without any sleep and still had to go to work. One day with no sleep makes me grumpy but two days make me deliriously loopy. I have no idea how I was functioning but the pain was so bad, I wanted to cry. And I don’t cry so it’s bad. In a moment of desperation, I grabbed the bottle of Nighttime Nyquil. I was determined to sleep. And I did. The next morning, my pain was much better. I did use the Nyquil the next night and slept like a baby. Now my pain is manageable.
Painsomnia – when you can’t sleep because of pain.
The lesson is dealing with my stress which starts the ball rolling down hill. I’m stating it right here, right now that I will be doing yoga three times a week. No more taking on more than I can handle. I’m using my bullet journal to keep me on task with MY priorities. Right now, that is helping my fibromyalgia, writing, and knitting.
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