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    Old 06-10-2008, 02:02 PM   #1
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    What are side effects from insomnia?

    I have had problems sleeping for the last 3 years. I thought it was from going though the change of life. I was was 48 when the sleeping problems started. I think I have sleep apnea because I had a sleep assessment last am to go for another one tomorrow night. I developed type II diabetics which I understand could be from the lack of sleep (it doesn't run in the family) but now my hair has also become extremely dry and it has been breaking off. The person who cuts my hair said it isn't falling out it's breaking off. She also said in parts of my hair the new growth is very healthy but in the back and on top the new growth is dry too. Is this possibly a side effect from insomnia or sleep apnea that is untreated?

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    Old 06-10-2008, 09:59 PM   #2
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    Re: What are side effects from insomnia?

    Sandi,

    I've never heard of insomnia being a contributing factor to hair problems like you described; those tend to be related more to hormonal issues. That being said, I believe insomnia may be linked to hormonal imbalances (not just the female kind of hormones).

    Insomnia is an insidious ailment. If you have it for a long time, like I have (since 1991), it reaches into all aspects of your life. Between the lack of sleep and the treatments, my life is completely changed. I don't sleep in the same room with my husband. I developed fibromyalgia, sleep apnea, and other health issues which eventually forced me to leave my career and go on disability. I gained a ton of weight, which in turn aggravates my health issues and wreaks havoc with the self-esteem. I need a quiet room, kept cool, and now use CPAP, which is no fun for a chronic insomniac. I have lost many relationships, accumulated medical bills and become somewhat of a hermit because my insomnia holds me captive....no sleep means no meaningful activities the next day.

    That's not to say there isn't hope. Many medications to help your sleep exist. If you have a doctor who is willing to work with you, he/she should look at your hair problems to see if a hormonal relationship exists. There are many hormones which play a role in sleep, and even when other, seemingly unrelated hormones get out of whack, it can cause the body to over/underproduce hormones that directly impact sleep.

    An internist may be able to figure out what's going on with you. Do it as soon as you can. My health has been on a fairly steady decline since insomnia took over my life, and I do not wish it on anyone. Do all you can to be informed--keep a sleep diary, with info like what time you went to bed, how long before you fell asleep, number of awakenings, how much sleep you got, what time you get up, how you felt, etc., perhaps also what you eat each day. This may help you find a pattern or at least help the doctor figure out the right treatment for you.

    I sincerely hope you find relief and will send prayers your way....it is something to take seriously and you need relief!!

    Blessings and prayers,
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    Old 06-12-2008, 04:46 PM   #3
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    My regular doctor is an internist all he said was use protein shampoo. When I asked him about going to a sleep clinic because I couldn't fall asleep he said it wouldn't do any good because they only treat people with sleep apnea. Well it turns out sleep apnea can keep you from falling a sleep. Since he didn't know that I wonder what else he would tell me about my hair breaking off. I think i need to speak to my gynocologist.

    Thanks!

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    Old 06-12-2008, 04:49 PM   #4
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    Re: What are side effects from insomnia?

    I was told last night I have a moderate case of sleep apnea. You mentioned you have cronic. Does that mean you're still not sleeping even using the machine?

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    Old 06-12-2008, 05:05 PM   #5
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    Re: What are side effects from insomnia?

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    My regular doctor is an internist all he said was use protein shampoo. When I asked him about going to a sleep clinic because I couldn't fall asleep he said it wouldn't do any good because they only treat people with sleep apnea. Well it turns out sleep apnea can keep you from falling a sleep. Since he didn't know that I wonder what else he would tell me about my hair breaking off. I think i need to speak to my gynocologist.

    Thanks!

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    I personally think you need to find another regular doctor...the hair problems that you describe can be caused by thyroid problems and other endocrine problems and I think it's safe to say that most md's should know this.

    Your doctors comments about sleep clinics only treating sleep apnea are in the category of negligence and malpractice. Although sleep apnea is a very common sleep disorder (about as common as diabetes), it is only one of about 80 recognized sleep disorders. Sleep clinics screen and test for a variety of sleep disorders because it is not uncommon to have more than one sleep condition!

    I've got more to say but must check your other posts.

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    Old 06-12-2008, 05:09 PM   #6
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    Re: What are side effects from insomnia?

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    ... I developed type II diabetics which I understand could be from the lack of sleep ...

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    Sandi,

    Type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, acid reflux, asthma, and some other conditions go hand in hand with sleep apnea. There is some active debate as to what comes first...the apnea or the condition...but whatever the cause, I think that many conditions improve with apnea treatment.

    My blood pressure has dropped into a normal/normal high, and my acid reflux has disappeared....and I don't wake up at night with coughing spells.

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    Old 06-12-2008, 05:12 PM   #7
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    Re: What are side effects from insomnia?

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    I was told last night I have a moderate case of sleep apnea. ...
    Sandi,

    I know you addressed this question to another poster, but with your permission (and hers), I'd like to but in.

    I would strongly suggest you get a copy of the entire report of your sleep study. It contains a WEALTH of info that you can refer to as need be. Sometimes the docs don't take the time to explain everything but if you have the facts to refer to, you don't have to guess or assume.

    I had my study done over 3 years ago but refer to it off and on as I come across the latest research studies.

    Got to go.

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    Old 06-17-2008, 05:47 PM   #8
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    I have been tempted to see another doctor. It's just that my systems are multiple. First I had problems with my ears, I had ear aches and had noises in my ear and then both arms were hurting. He also thought I had fybromyalgia but the pain went away. I even went to specialist and he couldn't find anything wrong with me. After 3 years I think I found the problem in my ears to be from clinching my teeth at night. I was so stressed out because of my job that I started on anti-depressents. I didn't go to the doctor because of lack of sleep for a while because a couple friends said they went through it during menopause. It's so frustrating.

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    Old 06-17-2008, 06:45 PM   #9
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    Re: What are side effects from insomnia?

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    I have been tempted to see another doctor. It's just that my systems are multiple. First I had problems with my ears, I had ear aches and had noises in my ear and then both arms were hurting. He also thought I had fybromyalgia but the pain went away.....
    When I read these symptoms, I think of med side effects. Are you on any medications? (The fibromyalgia symptoms remind me of the side effects I had on blood pressure medications...that and weight gain!). If so, have you looked for side effects for those meds in a variety of sources? It is VERY common for doctors to overlook/deny medication side effects, and often they run every test in the book and nothing shows up...but disco the med, and the symptoms disappear in hours/days/weeks.

    Teeth clenching can be a side effect of medication, too...anti depressants come to mind. I think it occurs when the dosage is too strong, but I don't remember...and it probably depends on what anti depressant it is.

    Although you are under a great deal of stress at work, a sleep disorder can aggravate that stress and can cause depression. Getting that sleep disorder undercontrol, may narrow down a number of your problems so you can figure out what's really going on.

    Oh, and dry brittle hair, depression, and ear aches/ noises can all be a side effect of medications...again blood pressure meds come to mind (I was on atenolol, experienced depression, gained weight, and had lots of other problems but I do remember hair problems and ear problems being listed as side effects of atenolol and other bp meds, too).

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