Fibromyalgia and Sleep Apnea Ties?

In the Next Level Wellness Center’s article “Fibromyalgia and Sleep – Is There a Connection?” they explore the possibilities of linkages between fibromyalgia – the disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue with tenderness throughout the body (as defined by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) – and sleep abnormalities. Since there are overlapping symptoms of both fibromyalgia and sleep apnea, we can explore both diseases further in an attempt to pinpoint if the two can be related in any way.

Since there is no known cause for fibromyalgia, there is no guaranteed cure to tout, but as with any disease, there is always a way for prevention. We can explore the potential causes deeper to see at what extent preventative measures are possible for those worried about being at risk for fibromyalgia. According to the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, this chronic pain disorder produces pain and sensitivity throughout the body that can spread or shift through different regions without warning. This pain can also be sporadic and cease occasionally.

As stated previously, the specific causes of fibromyalgia are unknown, but it has been linked to stressful or traumatic events and repetitive injuries. More recently,  the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association states new research pointing toward abnormal sensory processing in the central nervous system with physiological abnormalities as contributing to fibromyalgia occurrences. Unlike sleep apnea, where the causes are known, fibromyalgia is harder to pin down. However, the symptoms of these two ailments overlap.

How do you know if you have fibromyalgia?

Some of the main symptoms are: trouble sleeping, headaches or migraines, problems with thinking and memory or concentration, muscle pain, fatigue, tingling or numbness in the hands or feet, dizziness, restless legs syndrome, ringing in the ears, and impaired coordination.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Some of the main signs to watch out for are: snoring, daytime drowsiness, headaches, memory problems, learning or concentration problems, mood swings, irritability, depression, frequent dry or sore throat upon waking up, and general restlessness or fatigue throughout the day due to lack of proper sleep.


Beware of the highlighted symptoms!

If you feel like you’re having trouble completing your daily routine because of physical or mental fatigue or new physical ailments, do not ignore these atypical signs. It’d be in your best interest to consult a medical professional if you’re experiencing any or all of the highlighted symptoms to get checked out for fibromyalgia and sleep apnea.


Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at (866) 535-2727 or if you think sleep apnea might be affecting you or if you have any questions about PAP therapy supplies! We are here to help you with your sleep apnea treatment.



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