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I tried melatonin a few years ago, and it did help with sleep and I remember that I felt more rested in the morning! Great share, my friend! Super!

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For me melatonin capsules has helped with the sleep issue. I used to fall asleep at 1:30/2 AM and had to get up at 6 AM with the kid. When I got melatonin capsules I was on it every night for two weeks, and then started taking it only two nights a week. It helped me fall asleep at 10 PM instead, and I still have a good sleep rhythm!

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Im trying to get on that sleep schedule but it is so difficult. With kids, noisy neighbors and the pain makes it almost impossible. Thanks Momma

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Fatigue Cause No. 1: Not Enough Sleep

It may seem obvious but you could be getting too little sleep. That can negatively affect your concentration and health. Adults should get seven to eight hours every night.

Fix: Make sleep a priority and keep a regular schedule. Ban laptops, cell phones, and PDAs from your bedroom. Still having trouble? Seek help from a doctor.

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I posted this on our fibro support post as well, but it deals with aches and pains and may be of interest to us all!

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Slow Breathing May Help Ease Pain
Tuesday February 9, 2010

Slowing down your breathing may help lessen pain, according to a new report. The study included 27 women diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a condition marked by widespread pain in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fatigue, and multiple tender points on the body.

For the study, researchers conducted an experiment in which participants were subjected to moderately painful heat pulses on their palms. The heat pulses were applied while participants were breathing at normal rates, and then when they reduced their breathing rates by 50 percent.

Analyzing the participants' ratings of pain intensity and unpleasantness, researchers found that fibromyalgia patients prone to experiencing positive emotions reported less pain while breathing slowly. Fibromyalgia patients prone to negativity, sadness, and/or depression, however, didn't appear to benefit from slow breathing.

Past research suggests that the connection between pain and emotion may be particularly powerful for people with fibromyalgia.

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When we are in great pain, finding true peace and comfort is not easy. But it is possible, if we first try to still our worries and fears, both external and internal. Finding a place where there are no noisy distractions is a great start. Enjoying the outward quiet, we can then calm our inner selves and nurture peace within.

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And, I super appreciate you, Shell! I'm just so glad you're feeling a little better! But, you take it easy and hugs to you!

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1/22/10 9:27 P

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Thank you so much momma. I greatly appreciate you.

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emoticon Shell! I hope you felt better today and so sorry to hear of those pains! Take care and know you're in my prayers to lessen that pain for you!

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today is worse. I can't even run my fingers through my hair without it hurting. My eyeballs even hurt. My arms feel heavy, and the elbow joints and wrists are killing me. This pain is unreal, I won't be on here long. EVeryone have a good day.

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chronic fatigue got me today, I slept off and on all day and am ready for bed again. Good night everyone

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Q: I have chronic fatigue syndrome, which makes exercise difficult. Any suggestions?

A: It's important for people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) to work in conjunction with their health care providers to start a healthy, reasonable exercise program. Physical activity should be gentle and should be increased slowly over time (in terms of frequency, intensity and duration). Some good examples include yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, walking, stretching, light strength training, and water exercise.

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Many people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome get symptom relief through alternative treatments, either alone or in conjunction with mainstream medical approaches. Scientific research supports some forms of alternative medicine but not others. The articles here can help you sort out hype from fact and decide which treatments you may want to explore.

* Acupuncture
* Bodywork: Massage - Rolfing - Reiki - Bowen Technique
* Find the Right Chiropractor - Massage Therapist - Physical Therapist
* Mind-Body: Biofeedback - Hypnotherapy - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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What a fantastic share, Carrie, and a great one! Definitely, when that fatigue hits -- take care of you first! Get your rest and take it easy -- don't push yourself! Thanks again, Carrie! Super!!

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It's been almost 8 years since I haven't been fatigued, so I'm an unwilling expert on this. During most of that time I worked, so I found lots of little ways to conserve myself. If you can sit and do it, then sit! I am never shy about asking for a chair. Group tasks into what needs to be done now, and what can wait until later. Don't wait until your ready to fall over before you rest, you'll only pay for it later ( this one I still struggle with )Anyway, those are just a few, I could probably write a book on this subject! LOL

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I get the brain fog as well. I also get so exhausted from the fatigue that it is impossible for me to sleep. Sounds weird but when I get so exhausted that I barely know my name sleep is not on the choice list. I get up and move some then later I can rest a little.

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Info to share from the Net and maybe some info that can help you! (The link is shown below so you can read more of the article.)

Psoriatic Arthritis: 10 Tips to Fight Fatigue!

If you have psoriatic arthritis, chances are you've experienced a common symptom -- fatigue. Fatigue can be caused by a number of factors, making it hard to treat. But don't be discouraged -- there are many ways you can fight psoriatic arthritis and fatigue.
Psoriatic Arthritis and Fatigue: What Are the Causes?
Because everyone feels tired sometimes, it can be hard to define fatigue or pinpoint exactly when it started. But if excessive tiredness is having an impact on your daily life, it's likely that you're suffering from fatigue related to psoriatic arthritis.
"Fatigue is a difficult topic and understanding what causes it is hard," says John Hardin, MD, chief scientific officer of the Arthritis Foundation.
If you have psoriatic arthritis and fatigue, it could be because of the following:
Inflammation. When you have psoriatic arthritis or other kinds of inflammatory arthritis, your body releases chemicals called cytokines that cause inflammation and fatigue. If your fatigue is caused by inflammation from psoriatic arthritis, anti-inflammatory pain reliever medications may help.
Anemia. People with psoriatic arthritis can have anemia. When you have anemia, your body doesn't have enough red blood cells to carry as much oxygen as you need. You keep feeling tired because your body isn't getting enough oxygen.
Depression. People who have chronic diseases like psoriatic arthritis often experience depression, which can present itself as fatigue or make fatigue worse.
Inactivity. If psoriatic arthritis has made your joints stiff and swollen, you may think you should limit activity to preserve your energy and reduce pain. But this strategy backfires -- moving less actually makes you more tired.
Medication. Many of the medications used to treat psoriatic arthritis can cause fatigue as a side effect. The same is true for some medications used to treat depression.
Poor nutrition. When your joints are aching, it can be hard to find the energy and resolve to eat right. But poor nutrition is a leading cause of lack of energy and being overweight or obese can also zap your energy levels.
Inadequate sleep. It can be hard for people with psoriatic arthritis to find a comfortable sleeping position, and depression brought on by the disease often causes insomnia. Not getting enough sleep at night can make you more tired during the day.
10 Tips for Fighting Psoriatic Arthritis and Fatigue
Since the tiredness that comes with psoriatic arthritis can be due to a number of factors, it's essential to launch a multifront attack on your fatigue. Try any or all of the following tips to help restore your energy levels.
Psoriatic Arthritis Fatigue Fighter No. 1: Change your schedule. When you're diagnosed with a chronic condition like psoriatic arthritis, it's important to accept that you may need to make changes in your life. On days when you're really tired, give yourself permission to take a short nap. Or, if you find that your flexibility gets better as the day goes on, you may want to lay out your clothes and pack your lunch for the next day on the night before. That way, you'll avoid problems from morning stiffness.

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I get "brain fog" in my typical day! emoticon

But, seriously, it does occur and it gets frustrating when you're trying to concentrate, etc. But, it seems to slowly pass for me.

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you're welcome. Brain fog is what my rheumatologist calls it. I thought it was cute.

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Michelle, "brain fog" is a good description!
My husband suggested the two of us make a few lists of things we need to do before Christmas...but we didn't do that.
I may still work on one of those lists when I get off this computer in about twenty minutes.
Thanks for your ideas! love, Darlene

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when I get fatigued I get major brain fog. I make a list of everything I need to get done to see where I can make the most progress with the least amount of effort. I do those things first and then I mark them off the list. When I see the progress I have made it kind of gives me a second wind. I divide the larger tasks into smaller ones so even on the days with severe fatigue I still feel like I get things accomplished. Of course I rest in between tasks.

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Thanks for making this topic.
I've had a problem with fatigue today. Sometimes I just go ahead with my day and do whatever I had planned. It's not been so easy to do that today.
It could be that I just simply need a nap. Keeping my life as simple as I can helps....most of the time.
Maybe my fatigue is due to the fact that I know all the Christmas stuff (cards, gifts, and decorations)I still have waiting for me to do. love, Darlene

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Per one of our friend's suggestions, we're adding this post as so many of us deal with this on a daily or frequent basis! And, it was a super great suggestion!

Let's share ways we can try to beat that fatigue, how you deal with it in your life, etc.



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