A study called The association of sleep difficulties with health-related quality of life among patients with fibromyalgia suggests that the sleep issues present in fibromyalgia are so detrimental to the overall quality of life, that there should be more of a focus on them for the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) issues like sleep must be addressed in conjunction with the overall diagnosis of fibromyalgia. No patient with fibromyalgia should be subjected to care that fails to take into account more than antidepressants and pain meds without discussion and investigation in conjunction with all areas in need. It’s not just a disease to throw painkillers at, hoping for a result. Patients with fibromyalgia are whole beings with a variety of problems brought on by the disease. Therefore, patients should speak up about these issues, including sleep problems. Otherwise, the doctor may not know and nothing improves. And patients should never accept a doctor who ignores these issues once they have been brought to light.
Sleep is important, and is a good place to start when dealing with HRQols. Going without it on a regular basis means that the rest of the problems—depression, fibro haze, and pain–will only get worse.
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