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?
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.............
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.
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.
I've had or rather was diagnosed with RA in 2013 and have taken Leflunomide along with Plaquil since then. These medications have helped me a lot as far as slowing the disease down. However up until recently I had not slept very well. Was waking every 2 to 3 hours and tired when I went to bed and tired when I awoke. One month ago I did a sleep study and was found to have Apnea moderate to severe. My breathing would stop and my oxygen level was 70. So now I wear a CPAP mask and I must say am sleeping far better. Only wake up once to use the restroom. Sleeping an average of 7 to 8 hours now. Yes I have pain but only take extra strength Tylenol and sometimes when its worse I take a Tramadol. Recently I have joined a Tai Chi class which is given by our local therapy department. There are different types of Tai Chi this one I use is especially for people with arthritis, so easy on the body. You might want to look into that for your RA. Have a great weekend!
I am a holistic therapist,I say what works for one doesn’t always work for another,We each have to find our own way ,I am trying baking soda as there have been trials and 7 years research and they have found it’s helps keep inflammation down on R.A. I’ve been on it for 4 weeks now and I must say it seems to be working and I’ve taken myself off nearly all my medication ,I know I will get a flair up at some time but I haven’t had one for two weeks