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    Old 11-12-2007, 06:19 PM   #1
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    Difficulty waking up

    I am having a very hard time waking up in the morning. At first it was just getting up for work, now its even on the weekends and my days off. I went to sleep last night at 11 and didn't have to wake up this morning until nine and it was so hard.

    I literally feel as if I'm waking up from a deep general anesthesia. I tried to see if I'm getting too much sleep and sleep lesser hours, that doesn't help. I try to sleep more hours and that doesn't work.

    It's becoming very debilitating and I am finding myself late for work more and more.

    I have never liked to get up early in the morning but if I went to bed at least at 9pm, gettng up at 6 was no problem. I would be a little tired, but would pop right up when the alarm goes off, but now within the past six months, I literally cry when the alarm goes off.

    I have Fibromyalgia, have had it for a while. I'm anemia, and had blood drawn last week in which my doctor said my red blood cells are pear shaped, and I have high platelets, so he sent my blood off for further study and said I may have inherited a rare blood disorder, but he needed to be sure.

    I'm iron deficient, but I've always had that but why all of a sudden this impairment to wake up in the morning?

    Its so weird because one time I use to get enough sleep, had no problems waking up but had severe day time sleepiness, now I don't have day time sleepiness just difficulty waking up.

    I had a myomectomy to remove fibroids back in february. I'm just throwing things out there because i don't get this.
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    Old 11-13-2007, 05:52 AM   #2
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    Re: Difficulty waking up

    Well there are many things out there that can cause these issues. I am afraid there is never a quick this is it and here is your fix. In the case of poor quality sleep.. and being unable to wake up well. The main causes are hypopnea, hypothyroidism, CFS (caused by a slew of things postural tachycardia syndrome and more)... the list goes on.

    Being female and having Fibromyalgia and having issues with fibroids in the uterus.. are you Hypothyroid as well? I have seen many with both complaints. Have you had a recent weight gain? Are you cold all the time? The list of symptoms goes on you should check into them.

    This is what I would do. One consult a sleep specialist.. they can talk with you and physically examine you to determine if there is an obstruction of physical predisposition for one of 80 sleep disorders. I am betting hypopnea if you have one. My husband has it and it is easily corrected with a CPAP device. Hyponea is a sleep apnea resulting in too shallow breathing during sleep and thus results in a lower oxygen level in your sleep state. The lower oxygen level does not allow you to properly regenerate during your sleep, thus you want to keep sleeping and never feel refreshed.

    Also get a full thyroid panel inculding antibodies done. Do not accept "normal" get a copy of the lab results and investigate. Labs are not upto date on the latest ranges and non thyroid savy MDs tend to take the lab ranges as law. There is a difference between normal and optimal for you. The exact blood test labels you will need are TSH, FT3, FT4, TPOAb, and TGAb. If you need help with the results, the thyroid board is always very active and full of knowledgeable people.

    In the mean time. Check out the sleep hygiene post. Maybe there is something there that will help you. I am sorry that I do not have a answer for you, but maybe this will give you a refined search direction.

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    Old 11-14-2007, 01:14 PM   #3
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    Re: Difficulty waking up

    thank you ******** for your wonderful advice.

    it's crazy because I do get cold alot, doctors have always asked me if I have thyroid problems at first glance because its a little large, I have severe problems losing weight and can gain very easily so I am always watching every tiny thing I put in my mouth. I remember reading this book that gave instructions on testing your own thyroid on the basis over your body temperature upon waking and for sure, my temperature is always 97 when I wake up. I sometimes feel feverish and I don't have a fever in fact my body temperature is below 98.6 but they say my labs are normal. I have copies of my labs which show my levels are on the lower end but not enough to be considered Low.

    I also have a deviated septum and snore a lot, so you are right I need to see a sleep specialist.

    I'm going to share my thyroid test from an old test on the thyroid board.

    Thank you again
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    Old 11-14-2007, 07:05 PM   #4
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    Re: Difficulty waking up

    Have they scanned your thyroid? You said they say it is enlarged. Well that and your symptoms indicate a strong possibility of hypoT. If you have Hashi's you may have a groiter and that can be causing all your problems as well. You need to see a thyroid savy MD that will do an uptake scan/ultrasound of your thyroid. One good place to look is the Armour thyroid physcian finder. This will let you know of those near you that prescribe Armour. These MDs tend to be a bit more forward thinking. I still think you need to see a sleep MD as well. Even if you are hypoT this does not mean that fixing the thyroid will cure your sleep. I believe it will help, but you need to move forward and get those MDs to help you heal yourself.

    Good luck. Keep us posted.
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