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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/5/2009 4:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I curl up in my chair with my electric blanket. It smells
like lavender. I kick back in my Laze E Boy chair and that's where I usually
sleep.

I'm about to sneak into bed with my husband now. He doesn't approve of
this chair sleeping and this constant TV which I use to put me to sleep.

It's 4:03 am. I sleep on and off all day. I'm not well enough to go out
till 4pm. My Dr. appointments are always at 4 or later. My visit to
daughter are late. Everything.

I would like to be "normal" Anybody know some tricks to get me back on
schedule.

I have a friend who has the same problem. I wonder if she'll show up here.
You sleepin', sweet girl?

Good night. 1 1/2 Xanax (1 mg) 1 low dose Morphine. I'll sleep till 8am.
hopefully.

Pamela

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Lindaloo
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   Posted 4/5/2009 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Pamela,

I often end up sleeping in the recliner too. It seems to take the edge off the fibro pain and the back pain too. My husband doesn't like it either.
Like you, I have the tv on when I am in my recliner and sleep along with the tv. Go figure, eh? But I try to get into the bed and sleep there as much as possible. Otherwise, I would be in the chair all the time. Not good.

Gentle hugs hon.

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Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/5/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Change sleeping pattern/time?

Change eating to coordinate with how you want to sleep.

Breakfast food, lunch food, dinner food, dessert (if you have it), sleep.

This is a trick on beating Jet Lag.

Adjust your eating schedule to the place you are going to. Start about a week before you are going on the trip, and by the time you take your trip your body will be adjusted to the new time zone and you won't even get Jet Lag.

I was stationed in the Netherlands (Holland) in the service. I tried this and it worked like a champ. I did it both directions and it was nice not to fight jet lag tiredness.
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LLPLUV
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   Posted 4/5/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry that you have to sleep in your chair. My heart bleeds for you. I prefer to stay in bed unless the pain gets so bad that I would disrupt my husband. He doesn't mind the TV on when he sleeps so that works for me. Most the time I read, that seems to take my mind elsewhere so I relax alittle.

Changing patterns is not the easiest thing to do when you deal with CP. I really have no idea what to tell you. The only reason I dont stay up all night most the time is that they give me so much medicaiton to put me to sleep at night that if I don't go to sleep I get sick to my stomach from it all. The pain has to be really bad to keep me awake through the fog of sleepy time stuff.
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fatherjohn
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   Posted 4/5/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
 

Pamela, Greetings! I try several different things to sleep but none seem to be effective. I can't handle the lounge chair for long. I tell my doctors I sleep in the rotisserie position, constantly turning to find a pain free position. My wife puts up with me for the most part, but I can tell when she is tired and needs her sleep. I have the TV on to help distract me hoping I can drift off to sleep but when that does not work, I get up head downstairs and hit the lounge chair for awhile then the couch. I wait until I find myself drifting off before I return to bed, normally between 2 and 4 AM. If I know that it is going to be a bad night,, I lay in bed until my wife is ready to sleep (around 11 and midnight) and then just get up to allow her to sleep. I had to drive several hours to pick someone up at the airport and found the best sleep aid would be driving because as soon as I start driving my eyes get heavy. After falling asleep at the wheel several times now I have to have someone with me to even drive more than just in town.


White Beard
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   Posted 4/5/2009 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Pamela
I slept in a Lazy Boy recliner for over ten years before I got my adjustable bed! My physical therapist had fits about me sleeping in the chair. But I can not lay flat! and I can't sleep on my side (either one) for more than 10 or 15 minutes, my hands and arms go numb and tingling and burn like fire when I sleep on my side! And if I try laying flat, My back spasms up and muscles in my ribs go nut and it feel like I am gettig a bear hug and it is hard to breath! (those thorasic disc can be a killer)! Anyway my surgeon came to my rescue, he refuses to work on the thorasic disc, but he told me if sleeping in the recliner was the only way I could sleep, then to go ahead and do it! He said it was more important to get the sleep my body needed than to worry about what position I was sleeping in! And although the physical therapist didn't agree, she did quit giving me a hard time about it! After ten years and a couple of lazy boy recliners, I finally broke down and got an adjustable bed, and let me tell you, if you get a good adjustable bed you will never go back to a recliner to sleep in at night! ( mine has a wireless remote so at the press of a finger I can raise or lower the head of the bed, and pressing another button I can do the same with the foot of the bed!) I keep the remote with in reach all night long!

So Pamela and everyone else enjoy your recliner, if that is the only place you can get comfortable and ease your pain while sleeping go for it! I know when I hurt real bad, allot of times, instead of taking pain meds I will retreat to my recliner, and for me it is just what the Doctor ordered!

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straydog
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   Posted 4/5/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep spent many a night in my recliner. Now spend most my night in this computer chair. Lovely sleeping hanging off the side.

Susie


fatherjohn
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   Posted 4/5/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie, I had this image. You sitting in your computer and having a remote like White Beard's bed. You could raise the chair, change the position, have s spin button etc. If you fall asleep, you could hit the wrong button and end up launching yourself across the room. Blessings! Does your chair come with a seat belt?

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/5/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
A GREAT INFORMATIONAL THREAD

Lindaloo: I agree with you, there are times when we absolutely must get out of our
recliners. I'm not fond of those times but, like you, I arise, go forth and conquer my
tasks.
Our TV has a separate screen that you can see other programs on as you're scanning
for your pick. Late at night I can look at the screen and see a TV program on
Anacondas or those horrid Camoda Dragons. Those wake me up and send me
flying to the bed of my husband.
"What's wrong, Pamela?" he asks.

Tony: Changing my eating pattern is not going to work. It's a great idea but I
never ever know when I am going to eat. Or if ...

ELEL: I have learned to overcome the sleep medications. I wander in the night
fog wide-eyed awake. Once I get in the lavender scented chair, I'm usually out.

John: My own father's name was John so when i address you I get all sorts of
images. You'd have to see the inside of my head to understand.
Your "rotissere position" might be a way to exercise. I wouldn't want to try it
though. You have wild nights there in your seemingly quiet home.
Now for the sleep driving I suggest a chauffeur. No matter how tired you get,
you must not drive to put yourself to sleep. You might never ever awaken.

It must be something about CP because whenever I'm in the moving car, I fall
asleep almost instantly. Just thinking about the car makes me sleepy.

Nurse Beard, I had one of those adjustable beds. I had a bed accident the first
night I got it. I liked it. At the push of a button I could go up, down, sideways,
feet up, head down, shake, roll, rattle. Fun. I played a lot in the new bed.
I got tired and fell asleep. The next day I couldn't barely move. I thought I
had broken my back and neck for all eternity.
Ever try to return a mattress and bedframe? Not easy. However, I did it.
I'm glad you enjoy your bed and use it responsibly.

Susie: Oh yes, I do that hanging off the side. I also do the full frontal where I hit
the keys with my forehead and leave little square imprints. One morning I woke
up and my chair had gone over backward in the night. But strange ... I wasn't in
it. (or perhaps I don't remember)

John: Good idea! A seat belt for our chairs. Actually, we need a harness. Some
of us may need our chairs bolted to the floor.

Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 4/5/2009 6:34:58 PM (GMT-6)


straydog
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   Posted 4/6/2009 2:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Fj-Nope no seat belt and I really need a shoulder belt to keep me upright instead of hanging over the side. I did buy a new chair last year that had no arms, that was not good. Every time I fell asleep I fell out of the chair. My husband would holler up the stairs 'Susie are you alright up there'? Husband offered a makeshift seatbelt. I opted to get rid of chair lol.

Pam you must have made yourslef look like a sandwich,lol.

Susie


kttn251977
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   Posted 4/6/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
any bed is better than hospital beds....uggh i hate being stuck in the hospital.
the thought of pamela's chair rolling all over the place was hysterical. i can only see you at 5 am driving your recliner around. lol. too funny!
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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/6/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Stephen King or Dean Koontz might be able to do something with the idea of
a run-away recliner running loose on the town. It might do vengeful things to
doctors who do not believe how CP can effect people. Run over their toes .... things
like that.

kttn, I say that quote of Dr. Phil's every single day. I don't think it needs to be
in quotes. I say it like this:

The past is dead.
The future is imaginary.
All we have is the eternal now moment.
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MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fibromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety, and more, of course.


Ms Kitty
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   Posted 4/6/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   

Has your Dr. ever given you Elevil?  I got into a habit like yours when my husban died.  The only way I could get straightened out was to take Elevil about one hour before I wanted to go to sleep.  You need 8 hours before you try to get up. Might not work for you but it worked for me.

Ms Kitty


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Duragesic pain patches, Vicodin ES, Elevil, insulin and lots of other meds


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/6/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
om g, ms kitty, I took Elavil many years ago. 30? It made my mouth
dry and the only thing that could overcome the dry mouth was a pint
of Jamoca Almond Fudge and a Pint of Butter Brickle. I ate them both
every night. (I don't think it was a quart. I'm unsure of the size. Sorry)
Anyway I ate them both. My
husband had to get his own. The kids were asleep.

My complexion got all smooth, creamy and pink. I'd NEVER looked so
lovely. My eyes sparkled. My hair shone.

I had always been a little plump. Not too. Just a wee bit. Well, anyway in
three months I put on Thirty pounds. I had bad breath. I wore a mumu
and cried. It did not help my depression.

I do remember it making me sleep a lot. I never lost all the weight but
my breath is minty fresh.

I'm glad it helped you. Thank you for thinking of me. : ) :-)

Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 4/6/2009 10:52:11 PM (GMT-6)


skeye
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   Posted 4/6/2009 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I must admit, I didn't read the rest of the thread, as it is late, I'm tired, my meds have just started to kick in, and I really can't see well. But, I did want to say that I used to sleep in a recliner as well. I used the recliner for several months after each one of my shoulder surgeries, and at random times when my shoulders were really bad. We actually bought the chair just for my initial shoulder surgery (my surgeon highly recommended it). It was very painful for my shoulders to sleep in my bed, even on my back. The chair was a lifesaver. I love that thing. It was really cheap, but it is really comfortable. I still refer to it as my "second bed," and I have to be careful when I sit in it, because it tends to make me sleepy. Even now, 3 yrs after my last shoulder surgery, I still have to be very careful of the position that I sleep in in bed, otherwise I will wake up in a lot of pain. I sleep with 4 pills just for my shoulders (my "shoulder pillows").

Skeye

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/6/2009 11:00 PM (GMT -7)   
My shoulders hurt so bad, skeye. They couldn't get the picture they needed
for the MRI. I think the pain might be coming from my neck problems -
spurring, disc protrusion, & Scoliosis probably do the most injury. My doctor
says it is inoperable. I kind of wonder about that. I'm thinking I probably should
commit to having more MRI's. I will have to have a general. I'm in so much
pain it's gonna be a chore to even walk into the MRI place.

Last time I had a MRI of my cervical spine I was in that place for FOUR hours.
Horrible. A nachtmare. I guess if they knock me out I won't care.

I'm glad to hear that about YOUR chair situation. It's funny that it "tends"
to make you sleepy.

In your last sentence you wrote "I sleep with 4 pills just for my shoulders" That's
a lot of medicine, Skeye girl.

How did you hurt your shoulders? I will tell you about mine at a later time.

I've enjoyed this thread. Some times I just read it over for fun.

angel8
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   Posted 4/7/2009 3:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Yep I am a recliner/computer chair sleeper as well,seems whenever I can grab a moment of sleep I do so no matter where I am. As you can tell by the times of my posts here I do NOT sleep much anywhere.

I about fell out of my chair laughing at Susie's description of chair sleeping.

I actually have tipped a time or two as this computer chair isnt exactly state of the art for balance. My friend has one of those really nice,posture thingy chairs at her computer and in that she has one of those lovely body massager things that heats up as well! Like the ones they put in Walgreens and such at the pharmacy waiting area? I would probably never leave it if I had one.

There however was a time when I spent 90% of my day and night in a recliner after surgery as the only position for my knee that wasnt excrusiating was a mild bend,in bed I could prop but in the grip of sleep I somehow managed to straighten my leg and would come up out there on a scream! Recliners have those levels of bend at the knee that dont allow you flex your leg out.

I do occasionally get so worn out I drag my behind to bed thinking a few hours of cool sheets and dark bedrooms would be Heaven and even with the memory foam mattress it never lasts long enough before I am back to one of the chairs.

Maybe I can fold the memory foam mattress into my chair?

Anyhow I must manage to get enough sleep somehow as my few golden hours of chair sleeping has sustained me for years.


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/7/2009 3:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I went to bed. I turned. I tossed. I did it again and again. I accidentally
kicked my cat. She is so hurt. (Her feelings) She is the most sensitive
cat.
Anyway, dam n, I'm not buying that bed thing .... I'm moving to the chair
very very quietly.
I haven't been day sleeping so this is getting kinda serious.
Pamela
I will gather the cat and bring her to the chair.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fibromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety, and more, of course.


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/7/2009 3:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I went to bed. I turned. I tossed. I did it again and again. I accidentally
kicked my cat. She is so hurt. (Her feelings) She is the most sensitive
cat.
Anyway, dam n, I'm not buying that bed thing .... I'm moving to the chair
very very quietly.
I haven't been day sleeping so this is getting kinda serious.
Pamela
I will gather the cat and bring her to the chair.

Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 4/7/2009 10:31:07 AM (GMT-6)


skeye
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   Posted 4/7/2009 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Whoops, Pamela, that was supposed to say 4 PILLOWS!! turn I was tying that at 1:30 in the morning & I could barely see what I was doing, so that explains it. No, I don't use any medication for my shoulders, it took a couple of years (I'm an abnormally slow healer, plus I had some reinjuries during the healing process that set me back months each time), but they are actually pretty good now. I have my limitiations & know where I have to be careful, but for the most part they don't bother me (although I should watch what I say, as they have been bothering me lately, but I'm hoping that is just because it has been really damp outside).
I was an elite competitive swimmer, that's what did my shoulders in.

Skeye

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/7/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, yes! I remember Skeye. So sorry that you lost your sport. I lost running
walking, dancing, and hiking.

I used a ****su Massager in an unwise way. I was upset because the air
conditioner wasn't working in our new house. It was 105 degrees. I had
extra pain from the arthritis. I decided that I would push real hard on
the massager and try to pass the pain by. It was kinda like wiggling a
tooth when you're a little kid. It hurt good.

After I messed up my shoulders and neck, it no longer hurt good. It hurt
like heck.

I hurt my neck from carrying two year old's in the crook of my arms for
years and years and years and also from always picking up kids in the
daycare.

I wouldn't let assistants pick up the kids. Too dangerous. I did all the
picking up of kids. I guess I saved myself from a law suit.

Pamela

Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 4/7/2009 10:41:11 AM (GMT-6)


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/7/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye ...

I KNEW you meant 4 pillows. And further more, I knew you didn't swallow them.

OK ... I got edited up there where the asterisks are. I used to explain what happened
and it's still editing me. I'll spell the word a different way: "Shia tsu Massager"
I wonder what the computer thinks "shia t" means?

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