CRPS & the Snowball Effect: Sleep

When you pull a rubber band to its furthest point, what happens? It breaks. But what if our bodies are that rubber band and our pain is constantly pulling our bodies needs and our lives we try to live in, in two different directions. Eventually something will give.

And at first, it’s painfully obvious to our friends and families that live with us. Our ability to sleep is going, going, gone! But what we don’t always see, is the full impact our sleep really has on us in our every day lives before having RSD/CRPS.

On healthline.com, they highlight what a lack of sleep can cause. And it isn’t a short list. As a matter of fact, a number of things we frequently refer in chat to as being part of the CRPS itself, but not only can some of the issues be blamed on the medicines we take, but many can be blamed often directly on the sleep we aren’t getting.

Deprivation

Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep is a critical part of our bodies healing process. It helps it regulate our metabolism, helps our brain recover from all that we put it through during the day, helps our body stay stronger, and fight against the worlds many colds, flu, and viruses out there.

So if you haven’t discussed your sleeping issues with your doctor, maybe put this on your list. Because while the avalanche might start with someone yelling called CRPS in the mountains, much of the snow, is that sleep we aren’t getting.

About Naanad

Mother of a millennium baby.

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5 Responses to CRPS & the Snowball Effect: Sleep

  1. Nancy Hepp Gardner says:

    My son who died 2/8/15 from Stage 3 is finally getting the sleep he so desperately needed. The Friday before he died he said to me, Mother I am so tired. I just need to sleep.

    • Naanad says:

      That’s heart breaking, but I’m glad he is no longer in pain. You obviously love him and miss him so much. Our thoughts are with you.

    • Chloe says:

      That is heartbreaking! 🙁
      I’m glad he is in peace now, watching down on his wonderful mum I assume you was and are.

      Thoughts and Prayers xo

  2. Kim says:

    My good friend of 32 yrs passed away last weekend. She shot herself. Suicide. So sad! She never talked of suicide. I knew she suffered pain from RSD since 2002. It started with a sneeze – she threw her back out. These had a spine operation and then a 2nd spine operation. Then she developed RSD. It took awhile for doctors to figure out it was RSD.’
    She was really angry for 6 years, saw a therapist and it helped. Then got back into her hobbies : tap dancing 1 time Per week for 30min and she was also in 2 writing groups. Her writing improved.
    She really did not want to complain at all. I had to pry it out of her at times.
    So sad she took her own life, but u totally understand why
    All the pain and t never ends. She also had The worst sleep issue. Fall asleep at 10pm only to wake up at 12am and not he able to sleep anymore at night. I found out she was not getting sleep for Past year.

    She bought the gun in May, had a fall (always falling, which was scary) in July and did not realiz she had a concussion until 2’weeks after her fall.
    Really sad this week!! I will miss her and hope she is completely pain free now. I feel badly for anyone to have to deal with his chronic pain every day.

    • Naanad says:

      We are deeply saddened for your loss Kim. Loosing a pain family is hard for all of us, but knowing they left behind family and friends who want to help but felt helpless is just as saddening. Know that while it hurts so much now, that she is no longer trapped by a body tormenting her. And that you honor her in caring about those who fight as she fought. Thank you for sharing her. May she forever live within the hearts of those she touched and her moment of weakness not be her strongest memory.

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