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can't relax - detached from my body
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bogie - March 30

i've just been diagnosed with fibro and i have all the symptoms going!
I've struggled with anxiety for years and it has become a generalised anxiety disorder now. I just want to know what you guys do to fully relax as i can't ever switch off.
Even when I'm still, I grind my teeth, jiggle my legs, move my arms and if I force myself to be still, I find the sensation so weird that my limbs tingle and feel heavy, and I almost feel like they are no longer part of me. I look at them and yet feel apart from it all. I can move them at will of course, but to relax often feels so alien and detached that I seem to subconsciously go out of the way to avoid it. And I know if I could relax then maybe I could sleep a bit better and not rise every morning feeling like I've had no rest at all
Feel really low today :-( Anyone got any advice?

 

peppergirl52 - March 30

As you know, one of the horrible symptoms of FM is little to no REM sleep, which means we don't get that 'real' sleep that allows us to feel rested. We also do get the restless legs. That can be from the disease, or from the meds we're on. You didn't state if you are on any meds, so I can't really say a lot about that. Except that if you are not, Klonopin is a given and a god-send for most of us. There have been numerous studies of its effectiveness and safety for FM patients. I take one every night. Right now, though, I think I've built up a tolerance to my meds and need an adjustment. I'll see my doc again soon. But that's a good place to start. A good night-time med like Klonopin. If you have RLS, you need to talk to your doc about that. There are meds that can help you. I'm not pushing the medical side of anything, but sometimes there just aren't many alternatives, and you sound awfully desperate. In my opinion, you need to see your doctor, or a pain managment doctor ASAP. You can only go so long without rest before your body and mind will start fighting against eachother. I can only imagine why you would feel so low!! Poor thing! Please take care of yourself-warm bath, nice massage with some baby lotion, or if you have any natural oils with peppermint and/or camomile. Some hot tea, etc, to help calm you down. Then get on the phone tomorrow and start making those calls to the doc! Good luck.

 

Wonka - March 30

After not sleeping through the night for 2 months I was very much like you. Here in Canada they do not like to treat the pain (I don't know why) but I do take Trazadone for sleep. Just a 100mg and I sleep well and wake up rested and that antsy feeling and the chronic anxiety became less frequent. Still happens occasionally but really not very often. You need to address the sleep issues as peppergirl52 suggested. It really will help.

 

pinkworld320 - June 6

I felt so weird reading this because this is exactly how I feel! Sometimes I will lay or sit still and looks at my arms or legs like they are detached from my body. I end up moving them suddenly as a reaction. I am also a teeth grinder which can be hell because I have TMJ. It does feel comforting to know that someone else is going through the same thing because to tell someone about it they usually look at you like you have 3 heads!

 

PEGGY - June 6

I LIVED LIKE YOU FOR SEVERAL YEARS ALSO CONTANT PAIN.I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH FIBRO FROM A RHUMATOLOGIST WAS PUT ON MEDS RIGHT AWAY THANK GOD I TAKE DIAZAPAM WHICH REALLY HELPS ME TO RELAX AND I TAKE OXYCODONE FOR PAIN HE ALSO ORDERED A SLEEP STUDY WHICH WAS POSITIVE FOR APNEA I SEE THE SLEEP DOC IN JUNE AND I WILL HAVE A CPAP FOR BETTER SLEEP YOU REALLY NEED SOME MEDICAL HELP GOOD LUCK PEGGY

 

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