If you’re suffering from pain all over your body but also from insomnia, find out what you may have.
If your entire body is suffering from pains or aches, and you have trouble with sleeping, these issues often go together. Of course, body-wide pain can easily cause insomnia.
This article is about when these two symptoms are independent from each other, that is, caused by a third agent.
And what is that third agent?
“Chronic widespread pain is becoming increasingly common,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers nationally, and author of “From Fatigued to Fantastic!”
“Unfortunately, most physicians are still clueless about how to evaluate this symptom. The first and key question to ask is, ‘Can you get a good night sleep?’
“If the answer is no and you have horrible insomnia associated with the widespread pain, it is likely coming from fibromyalgia or a fibromyalgia related process. If so, fatigue and ‘brain fog’ are also commonly present.
“This is true even if there is another problem such as lupus triggering the fibromyalgia.
Unfortunately, some physicians who have not stayed up-to-date with the science have a simple motto: IF I.”
What Dr. Teitelbaum is referring to is that of a doctor thinking, “If I don’t know what’s wrong with you, you’re crazy!”
Dr. Teitelbaum continues, “Then, instead of doing a proper evaluation, they may simply tell the patient that they are depressed.” Though depression can cause body-wide pain, this article is about people who do not have any depression or diminished mood issues.
“If a good doctor does not know what is wrong with a patient, they will simply say so.”
Pain All Over Body, Insomnia, Fibromyalgia
Dr. Teitelbaum further explains, “My randomized double-blind placebo-controlled published research has shown that by treating with the SHINE Protocol (Sleep, Hormones, Infections, Nutrition, and Exercise), 91% of fibromyalgia patients improve with an average 90% increase in quality of life and more than 50% decrease in pain.
“The study and information on this can be found at www.endfatigue.com, and the free Symptom Analysis program on the homepage can be dramatically effective at helping you determine the cause of your fibromyalgia and how to effectively treat it.”
If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, along with pain all over your body, consider that this might be fibromyalgia.
Dr. Teitelbaum is a board certified internist and nationally known expert in the fields of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep and pain.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.