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What is the connection between sleep problems and pain?

Expert:   Betty Keller, MD, FACR, Board Certified Internal Medicine & Rheumatology »

Fibromyalgia, pain and sleep problems have a close - and not positive - connection. Find out why!

Transcript: Fibromyalgia, pain and sleep problems have a close – and not positive – connection. Chronic pain, such as that triggered by fibromyalgia or other conditions, can CAUSE FITFUL, RESTLESS sleep. Experts have found that we need to go through three to five CYCLES of light sleep, deep sleep, and REM -- rapid eye movement -- during a normal night in order to feel refreshed by morning. However, a sharp, severe pain or a monotonous, aching pain can break that sleep cycle, leaving it incomplete. You get stuck in the stage of light, un-refreshing, sleep, and are still tired in the morning. Between 50 to 90 percent of people with chronic pain say that they don't sleep well. And for people with fibromyalgia, sleep problems can trigger intensified flare-ups of their symptoms and cause a decreased tolerance of pain. Iinterestingly, sleep problems not ONLY aggravate existing fibromyalgia symptoms – they are actually a risk factor for DEVELOPING fibromyalgia. A large-scale study of women found that the more severe the sleep problems, the greater the risk of developing fibromyalgia –especially for middle-aged and older women. For more answers to your fibromyalgia questions, check out other videos in this series. More »

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