Patients with Fibromyalgia experience poor slow-wave-sleep; lack of this slow-wave-sleep is known to increase a person’s susceptibility to pain. Many studies have shown that improving this part of sleep can drastically decrease pain. New medications have assisted in improving patients’ sleep, resulting in a normal, healthy life. Also, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and morning Headaches/Migraines can be the result of repetitive sleep disruptions during the night. Whether it’s complete pauses in breathing, or the subtle events of UARS, treating the causes of disruptive sleep can result in uninterrupted peaceful sleep, providing resolution of Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Migraines.
Studies over the past 10 years have demonstrated that a medication, sodium oxybate (Xyrem), works well in the treatment of Fibromyalgia. This medication enhances the degree of a persons' slow wave sleep, which in turn seems to be associated with improved pain control and a reduction of Fibromyalgia symptoms. Dr. Simmons and his team at CSMA prescribe Xyrem for appropriate patients in the treatment of Fibromyalgia.
Newsweek March 2010 Sleep Disorders Segment.
Treating sleep problems improves conditions (including Fibromyalgia) not typically considered by most physicians.
Poor Sleep is Frequently at the Root of Fibromyalgia
Medical Matters News, June 29, 2010 article: Victoria Wright, Sadler Clinic.