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Fibromyalgia is frequent issue for obstructive sleep apnea patients

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A new study has found that patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea may also have fibromyalgia. Sleep problems are a common issue for fibromyalgia patients, and researchers were interested in studying the link between the two disorders. They discovered that CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is a practical treatment option for patients.


Researchers gathered data by conducting sleep studies, questionnaire analyses and medical exams on 900 patients who had obstructive sleep apnea. The study, published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine, found that 15 percent of the patients had fibromyalgia. In addition, it is important to note that 74 percent of the group that had fibromyalgia were men. Fibromyalgia generally affects more women than men, and it is estimated that only 10 percent of all fibromyalgia patients in the U.S. are men.

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Researchers offered CPAP as a treatment option to the patients in the study and found that it helped improve their symptoms. Additionally, patients who accepted CPAP as a treatment had better walking test results. Researchers recommend that patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and fibromyalgia may want to consider this treatment option and discuss it with their doctors.

Sleep problems are a common concern for patients with fibromyalgia and contribute to daytime fatigue. They issues range from insomnia to sleep apnea, and patients often struggle to find an ideal treatment. Experts recommend keeping a sleep diary to track problems and the response to treatments. In addition, they suggest that patients use relaxation therapies such as meditation and avoid long naps in the daytime. A CPAP machine is another option that may help patients, but it is not easy for some people to get used to wearing the mask at night. If you are concerned about your sleep issues, then consider discussing them with your doctor.

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