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Anxiety And Insomnia

Anxiety And Insomnia

I have had insomnia for a few months and recently had shortness of breath with little exertion. I had a bad episode of aniexty last week and am now being treated for that along with my RA. Has anyone else suffered from these?

A myRAteam Member said:

I have had insomnia for a very long time. Before I knew I had 3 autoimmune diseases. I currently take 150mg of trazadone. It helps me fall asleep but I don’t sleep all night. I’m waking up in pain throughout the night. It’s either I have knots in my arms & thighs or my back hurts so bad I can’t get comfortable

posted 5 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I try to fight through the day and hope I'm so exhausted that I will actually sleep at night. However, as soon as I drag myself to bed and get as comfortable as I can I start suffering from anxiety and next thing you know I'm wide awake and in extreme pain because of the anxiety I get anticipating not being able to sleep again. After thinking about it for a long time I started to think that this has just become an anticipated routine every night so I decided to try something different. I am fortunate that I have a few other options of places to sleep except my actual bed. I decided to sleep in my guest bedroom thinking that a different environment might help break the cycle of what I expect when I get into my own bed. Amazingly I actually fell asleep I don't know how long this will work or how often I will have to change places to get some sleep but for now I will take whatever sleep I can get and enjoy this crazy mind game. I had almost forgotten what it was like to actually sleep it seems like it's been years since I actually slept through the night. I'll enjoy it while it lasts.............
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posted over 2 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

If you have shortness of breathe with exertion.
Push for ekg and pulmonary function
RA affects other organs
I found out about my lung disease only because I insisted.
Don’t let them brush you off because your 02 saturation were okay at your Dr office

posted 5 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Folks, one of the best resolutions to stress, anxiety, and insomnia that I have found is marijuana. By far the best one I have found. Responsible use of marijuana has allowed me to sleep soundly throughout most nights, essential for good health. It takes the edge off of anxiety and stress, neither of which is a good thing for an RA sufferer. If you live in a state where this is legal I encourage you to try it.

posted over 2 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I’ve been waking around 3 AM for years. I have several friends with some type of arthritis and we joke about starting a 3 AM Club since we are all waking up then. I’ve been taking Enbrel for 10 years. prednisone for so long that my RADoc is not sure how to decrease it. On hydrochloriquine for over 25 years. The pain in my legs has been reduced greatly and the leg pain is what started the 3 AM wake ups. Yes it took 3 months of Enbrel before I showed improvement. My leg pain now is more orthopedic than RA at least in my mind. I’m working on tests to get to surgery now. I too finding myself napping in the afternoon or laying there waiting to sleep since I retired. This couldn’t happen at work. 🙃. I find that layin gown or sitting still, no tablet, phone, or tv for 15-20 minutes recharges my batteries so I can go again.

posted over 2 years ago
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