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1770925 tn?1365622122
Afib and sleep
I have mild Afib and use Warfrin, I think they are the cause of my sleep problem.
I need to sleep on my right side, on the left I feel the heart beat. The problem is that I wake
up every 1 1/2 hours with mild discomfort (ie short of pain) If I get up and walk around
I'm OK for another 1 1/2 hours sleep. I feel the problem is muscles starving for
nutrition. If I eat 3 gum drops, the problem goes away and I sleep for 3 hours. My
doctors have run all the tests for hyper or hypoglycemia. If I take a sleeping pill my
doctor prescribed, I sleep for 5 hour sessions. But it leaves me too groggy to play
golf the next morning. (I play 4 rounds of golf each week).
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1569985 tn?1328251082
Congratulations on the golf at 87!  You are doing better than I am at 67.  

It is my understanding and experience that sleeping on the left side pushes the heart closer to the chest wall.  It is uncomfortable for me and usually results in irregular beats.  I have taken a beta blocker for 10 years for my afib and have found no trouble sleeping with it.  I have sleep apnea that is well controlled with a cpap machine.  Have you had a sleep study?  The waking and sleeping cycles you describe sound similar to sleep apnea.

I wish you luck with this.  A good night's sleep is very important in Afib and in general.  Let us know how things are going.
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1770925 tn?1365622122
I also have damaged nerves in my legs from pherphial neuropathy
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1569985 tn?1328251082
Is this the same as diabetic neuropathy?  My husband suffers from that and takes Lyrica for it, which really makes him sleepy.
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1770925 tn?1365622122
No mine was from sulfa drugs. After 4 neuroligists one cured me. now I hae nerve damage and nobody treats that.
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