Health — 29 November 2013

By Pat Anson, Editor

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the many problems faced by people with fibromyalgia.

They may be fatigued and worn out from dealing with chronic pain – but many find that sleeping soundly through the night is nearly impossible.

“I have had several, months-long stints of horrible insomnia,” says Benia Zouras, who often woke up at 2 am and was unable to fall asleep again for several hours. Like many other fibromyalgia patients, she tried Lyrica, Cymbalta, Savella, and opioid pain medicines; and found they didn’t work or had unwelcome side effects.

“Oh my goodness, I was a wreck!  I zombied my way through so many work days,” Zouras says of her sleepless nights.  “I hope that never happens again!”

It hasn’t happened again, thanks to a generic drug that she started taking off-label over a year ago.

Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxant, not a sleep aid, and is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for fibromyalgia. But many fibromyalgia patents have learned through sympathetic doctors and word of mouth that the drug can help them get that elusive good night’s sleep.

“Since starting on the cyclobenzaprine, I’ve been getting pretty good sleep reliably, with very few exceptions,” says Zouras, who also suffers from muscle spasms caused by chronic myofascial pain.

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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