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Painsomnia and Osteoporosis

Posted on June 30, 2019

“I had a terrible night last night. I could not get past the pain.”

“I can't sleep. I hurt all over and can't get comfy though I'm shattered.”

“My back (fractured T11) keeps me awake nightly. Isn’t it terrible to be awake with pain knowing you have a busy, full day ahead?”

Many members of MyOsteoTeam find themselves laying at awake at night, struggling with pain-induced sleeplessness, also known as painsomnia. For some members, the problem is pain from fractures. Others experience general pain in their joints, which may be related to osteoporosis or separate conditions like osteoarthritis.

Finding ways to manage pain and improve sleep is important for physical and mental well-being. Members with painsomnia sometimes experience depressive symptoms because of the combined challenge of pain and sleeplessness.

Members who share the struggle of painsomnia offered the following suggestions for pain relief and better sleep:

  • Meditation: “Mindfulness meditation is my best tool for managing pain and worry.”
  • Exercise: “Exercise has been my savior. Best of sleep to you.
  • Modified sleep positions: “I would try a V-shaped pillow to put between your knees. It will help the spine and maybe relieve the pain in the legs.”
  • Prescribed sleep aids: “My doctor put me on Amitriptyline tablet before bed. Ten milligrams is usually enough to give me seven or more hours of deep restorative sleep.”
  • Supplements: “I started taking collagen and it seems to help the pain in my legs at night.
  • CBD oil: “I took it for the first time last night. It was like a miracle!!”

On MyOsteoTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with osteoporosis, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Painsomnia is one of the most discussed topics.


Here are some recent conversations about painsomnia:
 


Here is a question-and-answer thread about painsomnia:
 

Can you relate? How do you deal with pain at night? Share your experiences at MyOsteoTeam.

 

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