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kara487
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   Posted 11/13/2008 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Momto6 how is your insomnia ? Have you found anything that worked for you? I hope so. I hope you have a Lpd.
Lortab,ambien,elavil,reglan , neurontin,zyrtec and soma.
 
spinal conditions: Scolosis,herniated discs,spinal blockage,Spinal stenosis,bursitis ,Fibro,and arthritis


Blessedx8
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   Posted 11/13/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Kara487, thanks for much for asking.  I feel like I'm losing my brain, from the insomnia.  Didn't see my regular PM doc on Monday (saw one of the many "interns" that my doc trains - I think they use me as a guinea pig because I do have so many issues).  The guy was arrogant and did not like that I came in, knowing what I needed, etc.  Oh well, don't have time to concern myself with that junk.  I got what I needed and went on my way.

That being said...I'm going to wait until next month to talk w/ my reg Doc more re: the sleep issues - if I make it 'til then.  I think the last med you mentioned was the Restoril - and yes, I've been on that, too.  That was the last med I tried. 

What happens is I'm dead to the world from noon through about 9pm.  Then, come 9pm - I get the kids to bed and watch TV/read a book/try to rest/whatever - and I literally get a second wind.  My body is soooo tired still, but my mind starts going.  So, I watch more TV or get on the computer.  Before I know it, hours have passed and it is 1 or 2am.  IF I just get in bed and lie there, my mind races, etc.  The pain  amplifies the situation, too.  If I'm doing "something" - I don't think about it so much.  But if I'm just lying there - it's all-consuming.  So, I'm getting to sleep around 2-ish and having to get up around 6-ish.  And that's on the nights I actually sleep; there are nights when I don't sleep at all.

I can't take baths due to my heart issues (increases my heart rate); I have a comfortable bedroom; I've tried all that type of thing.  I do have a cyst on my pineal gland in my brain; oddly enough, this area of the brain controls sleep rhythms.  I don't know.  But I think decreasing my pain and finding some med that works is going to be the only thing that returns my sleep to a regular pattern. 

I was thinking of asking my doc for a low-level benzo for sleep.  I won't take Xananx, only Ativan in a crisis situation; maybe Valium or Klonopin would work, not every night, but just for the nights where I've been days w/out sleep?  I don't know; what do you think???

Hope you are have a LPD, and thanks for reading my novel here tongue   --Tina


kttn251977
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   Posted 11/13/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
i don't mean to but in, i couldn't help to endorse restoril. i have had insomnia since i was about 12. i rarely ever sleep more than 2 hours at a time. i have tried everything before. otc to a presciription, all i ever had was a headache. restoril works well for me. i can get about 5-6 hours sleep at a time. (which is a lot for me) & i take all my pain meds at the same time, no issues. its great! my dad is an insomniac as well just the same as me. up down. up down. he tried it the other day & said he slept for 7 hours & didn't wake up at all. so it works! i didn't mean to butt in (well, yes i did) ha ha ha. i just think its a credit to sleeping pills. no fog head the next day, just easy falling to sleep. hope this helps!!!
RX's: Oxycontin 60 MG 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30 MG 4x's daily; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (all for pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x at bedtime; Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (for pain & fibro); Restoril 15mg at bedtime; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil

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