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07/04/2012 08:57 AM

I fell asleep at work again

greenmom
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I keep doing this. I don't mean to, but my head just shuts down and I can't stay awake. Very embarrassing. I'm not lazy!

Narcolepsy? But it's not as severe as what I read about those who truly have that, but I think it is a mild version of it.

I know a lot of fibro is caused by or somehow related to sleep disorders.

Should I push for a sleep study? I already know I have sleep issues so I don't now if it's worth the $$.

Have any of you had a sleep study?

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07/04/2012 09:00 AM
FibroCFS
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Pinpointing the actual sleep issue is very important. There are medications and therapies that can help. RLS, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, etc. all have treatments that you may benefit from.

07/04/2012 09:41 AM
DanaW
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There are several people on here that have done sleep studies and I'm sure you will hear from them on this thread shortly. I haven't but I had this problem when I was still working. I'd just suddenly feel like I was gonna pass out, so I'd get to my comfy chair or the bosses couch and be out cold until someone noticed I was gone. It was very embarrassing and I just didn't understand why it was happening.

My rheumy told me that it's part of restful sleep deprivation...your mind and body just shut down sometimes because you haven't had enough restful sleep.

I would have a sleep study done but I don't have insurance so the cost is beyond my means. If you have insurance at work, I suggest you go for it!


07/04/2012 11:04 AM
Sswelteer

I would suggest you research who you would see. Then call and ask the cost with your insurance. No money gone up to that point.

I was sent by my primary care dr. over a year ago, and unbelievably it showed nothing. Now I am much worse, and so I discussed it with my pain doc. He says I need to see a sleep specialist, one that he's sent people to before, for a better study. Who knew--- some of these places are money generators, I suppose. It's probably low cost to watch people sleep. They catch the easy cases, sure, but I never saw a physician, just a nightime technician who hooked me up.

I guess that would be mortifying to fall asleep at work. If I was working right now it would definitely happen to me. Can't sleep when I want to...

It's great that you CAN work, and live in the world of people. I believe I would fight to hold on to it, speaking as someone who was fired from an 11 year airline job for forgetting my work schedule. That was mortifying, too, not to be a fear monger. I had trouble with it on the next job, too. And that was not reflective on my work attitude, as you say.

I am looking forward to the 12th, the day that I go to the specialist's office. Now I'm feeling in a hurry, and didn't want to wait for an appointment with the doc, so the first appointment is with a PA.


07/04/2012 12:38 PM
girlfriend
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Ive not had sleep study, but I go in spurts with sleeping .. the last two days I could fall asleep standing up... all i have to do is sit still few mins and out like a light....but it isn't every day..

07/04/2012 03:06 PM
oroman
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This is happening to me lately once more. Plus I am forgetting things and overlooking other things. I have sleep apnea but can't afford to have another test thats more recent. Its been well over 15 yrs since I had the test done. I find that I can fall asleep while sitting at my computer desk at home and not be able to keep myself awake.

Olga


07/04/2012 03:13 PM
greenmom
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Suggest a sleep study place in New England?

07/04/2012 06:39 PM
MoiraWolf
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Definately a sleep study is in order. Before you see the doc they will give you a sheet, everytime you go in, and it asks you to rate how likely it is for you to fall asleep when working, sitting stopped at traffic, reading a book, stuff like that. Based on how you rate it, you get an overall sleepiness score. This helps them pinpoint problems. Then you get a sleep study.

I just had a repeat done (my first was in 2000), but the report was read by a sleep doc, and sent to my PCP who so far as not changed anything. Going to talk to my Rheumy about it when I see him next week. I'm having horrible issues with sleep right now. It's like my body's on a 28 hour day instead of a 24. I'll stay awake 20 or 21 hours, then sleep 4-16 hours. The longer I've been on the 4 hour "nights" the longer I sleep when my body finally crashes and lets me "catch up."

There's a drug called Nuvigil, which I've taken before when I absolutely HAD to be awake for something (like making a long drive). It's usually prescribed for narcolepsy and for shift workers (when you're working all night and sleeping all day). It's the opposite of Ambien or Lunesta to help you sleep. It doesn't "wire you for sound" type of awake, and you're able to go to sleep when you need to without keeping you up as a simple stimulant would. Good stuff.

But DEFINATELY get the sleep study done. It changed my life.


07/04/2012 07:17 PM
Sswelteer

Probably will need to post a new thread on various forums. (Are there sleep forums? Maybe we all need to join one, lol.)

Title: "Sleep doctor in XXX??". "Does anyone have a sleep specialist in or near hometown X." It's possible some group keeps lists. It may not be that you have to be as careful as you do when choosing a doc for fibro.


07/04/2012 07:26 PM
mabri
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Greenmom,

Sorry you are falling asleep at work, and I do agree, you may need a sleep study. I know I fall asleep, and am in such a deep sleep, a lot of times no one can wake me. If I do stir, then I just agree with whatever they said, and jibber jabber til they leave me alone. At this point, I have no recollection of any of it. All it takes is to get set down, and my eyes get so heavy, I just can't stay awake. I'm guessing this is what happens to you?

Are you sleeping at all at night? If you are not getting sleep any other time, I would say you are just exhausted, and have your schedule mixed up...If you are sleeping at least kinda normally, there may be a bigger problem. I've had a sleep study, but it was inconclusive. Not much help, but this was before the fibro anyway. Let us know if you decide to go. HUGS

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