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Sleeping with Fibromyalgia

90% of people with Fibromyalgia have problems with sleeping. It is very important that people with Fibromyalgia have bedding that relieves the pressure points when sleeping. Many of our previous customers that have Fibromyalgia have told us that putting the 3" Pure Grow Wool Fill Mattress Topper on top of a mattress to be a good choice for people with Fibromyalgia. For mattresses, they recommend one of our 100% natural latex mattresses with organic cotton and pure grow wool quilted to the top. The topper can provide you with more comfort than the pads because of the difference in the thickness. Customers with Fibromyalgia have told us that they have been able to get several more hours of sleep than with their previous bed system by using our latex mattress with our wool topper.


Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)

Fibromyalgia Syndrome, also known as FMS, is a common and disabling disorder affecting 2-4% of the population, women (90%) more often than men (10%). Fibromyalgia means "pain in the muscles." Other symptoms can include sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, digestive disorders, and a cloudy head. Patients with FMS usually ache all over, sleep poorly, are stiff on waking, and are tired all day.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms (FMS)

  • Patients have widespread aching. Soft tissue pain is the primary symptom. Local tenderness at 11 of the 18 specified sites lasting more than 3 months.
  • Cold Sensitivity (40% of patients) - similar to symptoms Raynaud. Symptoms of Raynaud include small blood vessels in the hand over respond to cold and develop spasms.
  • Concentration difficulties (25% of patients.)
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches (over 40% of patients).
  • Interstitial Cystitis (IC) - inflammatory disorder affecting wall of bladder.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (30% of patients) - abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, digestive problems, and gas.
  • Joint Pain - ankles, chest (33% of patients), elbows, feet, hands, hip, knees, neck, and wrists. 
  • Memory Difficulties (25% of patients).
  • Neurological symptoms (25% of patients) - hands are swollen and can feel clumsy, numbness in legs and arms.
  • Sleeping problems (90% of patients).
  • Swelling - ankles, feet, hands.


American College of Rheumatology 1990 Criteria for the Classification of Fibromyalgia

  • History of widespread pain. Pain is considered widespread when all of the following are present: pain in the left side of the body, pain in the right side of the body, pain above the waist, and pain below the waist. In addition, axial skeletal pain (cervical spine or anterior chest or thoracic spine or low back) must be present. In this definition, shoulder and buttock pain is considered as pain for each involved side. "Low back" pain is considered lower segment pain.
  • Pain in 11 of 18 tender point sites on digital palpation. Pain, on digital palpation, must be present in at least 11 of the following 18 sites: 
    • Attachment of neck muscles at the base of the skull. Midway between neck and shoulder. Muscle over upper inner shoulder blade. 2cm below side bone at elbow. Upper outer buttock. Hip bone Lower neck in front. Edge of upper breast bone. Just above knee on inside.

    Widespread pain must have been present for at least 3 months.

Additional Symptoms

The symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome usually include aching all over, poor sleep, stiffness on waking, and being tired all day. They also can include headaches, memory and concentration problems, dizziness, numbness and tingling, itching, fluid retention, abdominal cramping or pelvic pain and diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TJMD), Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome, painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea), chest pain, morning stiffness, cognitive or memory impairment, numbness and tingling sensations, muscle twitching, the feeling of swollen extremities, skin sensitivities, dry eyes and mouth, frequent changes in eye prescription, dizziness, and impaired coordination can occur.


Possible Helpful Nutritional Supplements

  • 5-HTP - An amino acid which raises levels of serotonin that can help lift mood, pain regulation, and improve sleep. Suggested dosage: 100mg 3 times a day on an empty stomach.
  • Kava - Naturally eases anxiety. Also helpful in breaking the cycle of pain-stress-and more pain. Suggested dosage: 250mg with standardized extracts with at least 30% kavalactones, 3 times a day with food.
  • Malic Acid and Magnesium - Together, they help to relax muscles and fight fatigue. Suggested dosage is 600mg of malic acid with 150mg of magnesium twice a day with meals. (The University of Texas Health Science Center treated 24 patients with Malic Acid and Magnesium that showed reduced pain and tenderness after 2 months.) 
  • NADH - Can boost energy levels in those with chronic fatigue syndrome. Suggested dosage: 2.5mg a day on an empty stomach.
  • St John's Wort - It can improve pain tolerance. Suggested dosage: 300mg taken 3 times a day with meals. 


Reducing Symptoms

Meditation - A University of Maryland study of patients in an 8 week program of cognitive-behavior therapy, mindfulness meditation, and qigong resulted in a lessoning of FMS symptoms.


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