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Sleep is the best medicine

I have found that whenever I get a truly good nights sleep or a good solid nap, I feel better. and that there are residual affects good sleep that last a few days. Looking back over a journal that mostly covers the 38 years of close association with RA, I find this truism to hold. Not knowing why, not ever having a health care professional recommend and not having any of the semi- health professionals promote its benefits, it seems the truism lacks advocates or even serious discussion.

The trade off of consequences

For the last five years I have suffered from chronic bursitis in both hips. Having had a life time of the over application of steroids and its consequences, it is a difficult decision to ask my doctor for steroid/lidocaine shots in both hips. It is a trade off of consequences: more torn skin and bruising for five days of relief. For the last three months the pain in my hips was so intense it was kicking off secondary whole body flairs. A week ago I capitulated and ask for the shots. My RA doc asked me why? I said sleep, real sleep for the first time since October.

Relieved to get one week of sleep

Sleep is the best medicine, I have been enjoying a week of sleep. Day one was a little rough because the hips were still sore. Days two to seven are rejuvenating to the body and the soul. Attitude has improved and I pray the pain relief will last a while. I know it will end but just a little while longer would be wonderful.

For RA never sleeps.

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  • Monica Y. Sengupta moderator
    1 year ago

    Before I was diagnosed I never ever slept. I mean, I did but I could get by on 5 hours. My junior year of high school I only slept two hours a night for about six months so I could finish all my work.

    I look back on that time and wince because “what was I thinking?!?!” Now I can’t imagine not appreciating sleep. In my opinion, it’s the best way to heal the body!

  • Larry Sawyer author
    1 year ago

    Monica, You must be a kindred spirit, a long time ago I joined the AirForce to see the world and was stationed in Duluth MN. I did four years of college in 3years, while working on the flight line from 12 midnight to 8 am 5/6 days a week. Even managed to have a girl friend. I slept and caught up on Saturdays. Like you, I sure appreciate it now. I am on day 18 of pretty good sleep. got my finger crossed.

  • Carla Kienast
    1 year ago

    Well said, Larry! I couldn’t agree more.

  • rockcandi
    1 year ago

    I have had chronic bursitis in both hips for 18 years but only recently received steroid injections in the bursa. My (excellent) rheumy ( I love her, she’s amazing!) was positive the shots would relieve at least some of the pain. They NEVER touched the pain. I won’t do it again, at least for a few years, don’t like to say I won’t try something two or three times in hopes of relief. But I’m really glad to see that you said you considered lidocaine injections. I didn’t know that was an option. I use prescription lidocaine ointment but only put it on once every couple of weeks simply bc the application process makes me hurt so much more all over my body and I end up completely covered in the greasy ointment. I have an appt with my rheumy in two days and I’m going to bring up the prospect of receiving lidocaine injections. Thank you for sharing! Btw, my rheumy is very big on the benefits of restorative sleep. That’s always a topic of conversation and discussing trying something else for me to get some actual sleep.

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