Is anyone worse on waking up ?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JohnS, Oct 8, 2002.

  1. JohnS

    JohnS New Member

    I've been suffering from this strange fatigue on and off for 3 years now, I dont know whether it could be called CFS but one characteristic of it is that it's worse when I first wake up in the morning. Does anyone experience the same.

    John
  2. JohnS

    JohnS New Member

    I've been suffering from this strange fatigue on and off for 3 years now, I dont know whether it could be called CFS but one characteristic of it is that it's worse when I first wake up in the morning. Does anyone experience the same.

    John
  3. marinemom

    marinemom New Member

    and EVERY morning of my life. =(

    Kathy
  4. Scoobsmom

    Scoobsmom New Member

    My oh my... some A.M.s are like a mack truck was running over me all night... tired like I was trying to run from it but it kept winning.... I have had some relief from the neurontin, but still some mornings, especially after an extremely stressful/painful day before... hope this helps.. I have been diagnosed with fibro/cfs/meiners/ so.. Barb
  5. pamelasng

    pamelasng New Member

    I wake up like a bear with a sore head,feel like my head is full of cotton wool and my body aches like crazy I take a long hot shower then some pain killers and blur through the day. One day it will change.... cya Pam.
  6. sapphire

    sapphire New Member

    Hi John,
    Yes, I also feel worse in the morning. No matter how much sleep I get or how good I slept I always feel terrible in the morning. My best time is usually in the late afternoon. Some days there's not a best time of day though.
    I have CFS and have had it for 13 years. I do have periods where I feel pretty good. I never feel well though.
    I hope you are under a Dr's care and can find out what is causing your fatigue.

    Sapphire
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  7. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi, John:

    I've had morning stiffness, too, but it's not as bad as it was. It used to be so hard to get out of bed. My doctor who specializes in FMS recommended I sleep with a pillow underneath and between my knees. It keeps the spine more in alignment. I have found since doing this, I suffer from less stiffness. I use a foam pillow. You might give this a try to see if it helps you.

    Ellen
  8. Dlee

    Dlee New Member

    I to wake up like a mack truck has hit me,but the fatigue comes and goes with me i'ts when I hit the floor when I can tell if the fatigue is going to be my buddy for the day.Good thing I'm self-employed and got some good employees.May we all have a some what pain free day..........Donna
  9. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    ...is that they are worst in the morning, unlike any other class of illness. My fatigue, stiffness and depression are all much worse in the morning.
    I would suspect FMS, and urge you to go to a Rheumatologist and get it checked out. If you are diagnosed with FMS, please ask your doctor to check your testerone level, as I know that some men who get FMS have low levels and there is a specific treatment protocol that can sometimes make them better. My Rheumy is the only one in our area who knows how to do this, so it may take some searching to find the right doctor if this is the problem.
    Whatever it is, you need a diagnosis before anything else.
    Klutzo
  10. lizi

    lizi New Member

    The mornings are always my worst time. I wake up and immediately take something for pain (I have post herpetic neuralgia, too) and sit with my hot tea until I feel well enough to get up and make up my bed. Most days, it takes me all morning to get ready (shower, etc.) and many days after lunch, all I can do is lie down again. I have good and bad days, mostly bad, but the mornings are definetly the worst. I have lost my appetite and am about to look into some juicing I've read about here on the board. Good luck to you, and know that you are not alone. I agree that you need to look into finding a good doctor and getting a diagnosis. At least you would know what you are dealing with.
  11. JP

    JP New Member

    Hello John,

    Be sure to seek medical support (if you are not already).

    Oh my...mornings are amazing. I like the humor in so many of these replies. I love the Mack truck; I have a real visual going on. Anyway, I can't remember a pain free morning. God knows how long I have had this stuff. I just received a dx this July. I thought my mystery mornings were due to being an over zealous over achieving athlete...just thought I was paying the price for my reckless past. When I started feeling numb from the waist down, I sought help. Nothing extreme about me...

    Typical morning: maneuver myself out of bed, slowly walking, popping, cracking down the hall to grab an energy bar from the pantry to take my medications with (I am 42). Today, I was able to make cream of wheat (happy happy happy). I am grateful for the smallest things. That happens about once a month. I then take myself to my office where I have this wonderful chair in front of my computer. I am able to sit and distract myself a bit until my medication starts to take the edge off. I then have enough going to manage my dog. As the day goes on, my symptoms improve. My usual best window of time is between 2:00 and 7:00 PM. I am not pain free by any means. I am just feeling more fluid and less pain at this point. I also treat a chronic pain condition from a couple of serious back injuries. I take pain medication with each meal (3X per day). It helps take the edge off.

    On a much lighter note, I have a great life. This is just something that I deal with and work toward improving my physical quality of life. I exercise, spend quality time with loved ones (I don't talk about my illness), drink lots of water. Oh, here is a funny...with all of my water consumtpion, my bloodwork shows that I am overhydrated, go figure. Anyway, I have adapted fairly well on many levels.

    Keep posting and seek medical help. I found that keeping record of my symptoms helped a great deal in the dx.

    Be well,
    Jan
  12. BethM

    BethM New Member

    Once I get rid of the morning stiffness, mornings are my best time for energy. If do stretches before I get out of bed, I fare much better. By afternoon I'm tired again, and evenings are often a lost cause for me. Quality of sleep is so very critical for all of us.

    Peace,
    Beth.
  13. Achy-shaky

    Achy-shaky New Member

    Some days are worse when I need to pop a pill before trying to get up. My main complaint is pain and stiffness not fatigue but if you have any kind of back problems, I find it helps to sleep with legs up on pillow - helps cut down on the pain but not the stiffness. Very slow stretching also helps me before getting up.
    Hope that helps but be sure to check with your doctor to see if you have FM or other arthritis.
    Good luck!
  14. Fairyeyes

    Fairyeyes New Member

    When I wake up, I feel like the Hunchback, and my neck feels like somebody twisted it all the way around! I find that I am able to loosen up faster if I get on my recumbent bike(stationary) right away. Getting my blood pumping really does help, I do a session in the AM before work, and then a shorter session after work, along with gentle stretching exercises. really helps me.
  15. MarieMarie

    MarieMarie New Member

    Yes, I wake up tired and in pain. My hips are very painful every morning and other times other parts or whole body.

    I use a heavy duty vibrator on my back, hips, legs BEFORE stepping out of bed. This helps loosed the muscles so walking is not so painful. After walking across the room I feel much better and can walk normal.

    Inactivity during the night allows the muscles/ligaments to tighten causing the pain next morning.

    Isn't it fun to never know what the next morning will bring, that is, exactly what spots or how many areas will be in misery!!

    It is one disease that is truly a "grin and bear it" because most things do not work.

    Many of you may benefit from the strong vibrator. I have the Morfram (think that is the brand) Geinie Rub massager. Large enough to rest on side and push up my back and lean against it.

    MarieMarie
  16. kadywill

    kadywill New Member

    I take a hot bath in the morning; then I take my meds and head off to work at the hospital......BUT, if I don't take my bath, I can't stand up straight. However, my generalized pain is MUCH worse throughout the day from standing, bending and walking so much. I have two different types of pain; the morning stiffness and neck and shoulder pain; then I have awful pain from over-doing....THIS is what keeps ME awake at night.

  17. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    I always feel crappy when I first wake up, but then I always have. Somedays I feel less crappy than others. I'm not a morning person, never have been, never will be.

    Marilyn :)
  18. dolsgirl

    dolsgirl New Member

    Mornings are always horrible for me. I wake up exhausted, and in a ton of pain. It takes at least an hour for the cobwebs to start clearing. Some days I'm an incredible bear to be around. I can't stand myself sometimes! LOL!! dolsgirl
  19. garyandkim

    garyandkim New Member

    If you haven't seen a doc yet that specialises it these please do. There are many things out there that can mimic these and you need to know what you need to do to help yourself. Good luck and let us know, Kim and Gary
  20. lease79

    lease79 New Member

    Before my hubby goes to work, he feeds the kids, changes the baby etc...
    I lie in bed when he's going about it all & then at 7.30 he leaves & goes to work.
    Then I have to get up & by george is it a SLOW process/
    Whilst I am getting dressed if the children start fighting, & I race out to tell them off, my blood pressure drops, the room moves & I go all giddy :(
    I just LLLUUUURRRRVVVVEEEE mornings!

    Lease