Feel Slapped?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Mrs. B, Jun 27, 2003.

  1. Mrs. B

    Mrs. B New Member

    Hello everyone,

    Quite often I get woke up to feeling as if I was just slapped in the face with a hard, heavy pillow. It takes my breath away, is painful and is accompanied by a "popping" in my ears that isn't exactly like normal. Does anyone else ever feel this?

    Lisa
  2. Mrs. B

    Mrs. B New Member

    I do sleep with a couple of pillows. I only began to have sinus problems a couple of years ago and except for an infection once and a few headaches (other than migraines) I haven't had much sinus trouble. I just thought that what I've been experiencing was part of FMS but, even on good days it wakes me up like that sometimes. Thanks for you input. :)

    Lisa
  3. LeLeHpr

    LeLeHpr New Member

    I went to my PCP for the same reason pain in my ear, felt full. She did the usual sinus check said I looked good and sent me on my way...Two days later I went to my pain management doc who specialises in FM and my husband mentioned how I was blown off two days earlier by my PCP. She came over to me, asked me to turn my head- grabbed that muscle that runs behind the ear...YOUCH!!! She explained when that muscle is inflamed it puts pressue on your ear- giving you the same feeling you get from having a sinus infection...HHHMMNNNNN, makes you wonder how many times I was given antibiotics for an inflamed muscle..LOL

    Just wanted you to know, there are other possibilities besides sinuses and unless the PCP is well trained on our illness they may miss the sometimes obvious..Good Luck!!!
  4. Mrs. B

    Mrs. B New Member

    Although I could be wrong. When the "hit" happens immediately afterward I feel a wave of pain over my entire body. I also have tinninitus (sp)- my ears ring all the time sometimes very high pitched sounds but, when it feels like I am hit with the hard, heavy pillow that's what it sounds like too. This happens when I'm alone too. Otherwise my senses would have me believing someone actually did hit me in the face.

    Lisa
  5. Achy-shaky

    Achy-shaky New Member

    I can relate to the getting slapped feeling. If it's only happening when you are asleep you could very well be slapping yourself. If it's hard enough I can see why you would feel a popping in your ears if you also have sensitive ears or sinus problems. When I first felt this it was very disturbing too and took me a few doctors to get an answer. This is a symptom of a sleep disorder called Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD). Very common with FM especially if you already have any other sleep disorders. I also have restless leg syndrome so when I told my neuro about the slapping, she increased my medication (Mirapex) for the RLS which also stopped the PLMD. Other drugs like Klonopin help too.

    Not sure if this is what's happening to you but best doctor to dx this is a neurologist. Good luck!

    Blessings,
    Shaky
  6. Goodday

    Goodday New Member

    Sometimes it is hard to know if it is sinus or the fibro lump behind the ear, high above the neck on the area where the ponds sit inside the skull.(a part of the internal brain area) Anyway, my ear plugs up also at times. Mostly I have felt plugged up in the sinus area and ears when the fibro lump is there. So I think the doc to pressed on the area knew what she was doing!! Just my 2 cents worth here. Good day all.
  7. Mrs. B

    Mrs. B New Member

    Thank you all for your replies. It's nice to know I haven't completely lost my mind. haha My next doc appt isn't for a few weeks & I didn't want to go any sooner if I didn't have to. Enjoy the weekend!

    Lisa
  8. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    Have you had a sleep study to rule out sleep apnea? That was my first thought when I read your description, and Fibromites have a much higher rate of this than normals.
    Klutzo
  9. Mrs. B

    Mrs. B New Member

    No, I haven't had a sleep study. I have had insomnia for as long as I can remember. I used to just stay up until I could sleep for a full night. However, chronic fatigue became worse and after my Mother passed away in January of this year I haven't been able to sleep more than an hour and half at a time if at all. To fall asleep now I try to match my breathing to my husband's to give me something to focus on. I suppose I could have apnea though. I'm not sure how to have it looked into. Do I have to go to a lab & spend the night?

    Thanks,
    Lisa