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Posted by: Gert | 2009-03-16

Chronic Disease

I am diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory di-eliminating Polyneuropathy. Every three months I get intravenous medicine.
My problem is that I can never get a good nights sleep. I sleep for one hour and then wake up again. No matter what I try, exercise, right diet, nothing help. This cause me to get very sleepy the next day. I' m not physically tired, but cannot keep my eyes open. Is this one of the symptoms of CIDP?
I also get cramps in my legs when lying down, but never when sitting or standing.

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Dear Gert
If you don't sleep deep enough at night or wake up often you never get deep sleep ( REM sleep) and this is why you are so tired. This can also cause depression. It also sounds as if you have a bit of restless leg syndrome. Please discuss with your doctor as there are medications available you can take to help for both of these problems.
Dr Bets.

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