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Have you been experiencing any pain lately?
How bad would you say your pain is, on a scale of 0-10? Have you been doing anything different or taking any new supplements?
Have you ever experienced angina or any other heart problems?
What about when you are lying down, do you ever experience breathlessness?
Does your chest wheeze or do you have trouble with coughing at night?
Do you have to get up often during the night to go to the toilet?
Just a little bit of pain from my arthritis.
Oh, only about a 1 or 2. Itís not bad at all really and it usually goes away if I take a couple of paracetamol tablets.
Pain, especially pain from arthritis or lower back pain, are often linked with insomnia.
No, Iím as fit as a mallee bull.
Angina or orthopnoea (breathlessness on lying down), could indicate heart disease as a potential cause of insomnia.
No, this has never been an on-going problem for me. I only had it when I had that chest infection a couple of years ago.
Wheezing or a nocturnal cough may indicate asthma as a possible cause of insomnia.
No. Occasionally I might have to get up once, but I try not to drink too much fluid later in the evening so I donít get a full bladder during the night.
Insomnia is sometimes caused by nocturia, and is important to take a careful history for urinary symptoms.