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jeffro74
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   Posted 10/16/2009 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Mornin' y'all!

I told people last night in the chat room all the stuff I take to sleep. Well last night I took my fistfull of pills and marched off to bed. I got up 45 minutes later without ever falling asleep. I don't think I got more than 2 hours of sleep last night.

Check out this list of what I take to sleep: 1/2 Rozerum, Trazodone, Benadryl, Neurontin

I still couldn't sleep.

The kicker is I am tired ALL DAY. The pain meds and antidepressants make me groggy. I've tried cutting out all the sleeping pills, that SURE doesn't work. I've tried one or two of them; that doesn't work either.

It all drives me NUTZ!

Anyone else here have that much of a problem sleeping?

Part of it is insomnia I guess, but some of it is pain. If I get one of my big time muscle spasms it'll wake me up too. It just drives me nuts. Little sleep makes me cranky and pissy.
Jeffro

Undiagnosed low back pain after getting T-boned in a rental car. Onset: 03 Oct 2002, L4-L5 Fusion (No help) Neurostimulator Inplant Medtronic. scripts for Pain, Severe Gerd, Sleep, HBP, Super High Triglycerides, and Major Depressive Disorder secondary to chronic pain. Also 6-8 Vivarin a day just to stay awake from all the drug drowsiness, and all my caffeinated candy...Yummy!


Mrs. Dani
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 10/16/2009 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Anyone else here have that much of a problem sleeping?
 
   Dear Jeff,
 
     Good morning :-)   I hope it isnt too cold where you are. It is down right chilly here! It should warm up nicly throught he day thou, I m hoping.
 
    Yes, I too, have insomnia. I do not stay up though. I wake more times than I can count. I know my spine specialist has a hard time keeping me knocked out for my "injection series" aswell. No staying up thou, just waking many many times through the night. I am down right exhausted thou. Normally I fall asleep ~~> jerk awake *hua?* then fall back sleep. they tell me it isnt anything I am doing wrong. They tell me it is my brain recieving pain signals. *shruggs*  6am comes fast hehe.
 
     I was wondering thou, why you take OTC benadryl with "trazadone" thou. Did your doctor recommend that combination?
 
     I too, take an anti depressant, but I know most folks do not like it or on very low dose due to the extreme side effects shakehead
 
     *huggs*
        dani
 
 
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


jeffro74
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 29
   Posted 10/16/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Dani,

No the doctor didn't "approve" it. I have always taken it to help me sleep since I was in the Navy. The doc prescribed the others and I just kept taking the benadryl. If I do get to sleep, I am like you, I wake up all the time. Probably 5-6 times a night. It's the muscle spasms that get me.
Jeffro

Undiagnosed low back pain after getting T-boned in a rental car. Onset: 03 Oct 2002, L4-L5 Fusion (No help) Neurostimulator Inplant Medtronic. scripts for Pain, Severe Gerd, Sleep, HBP, Super High Triglycerides, and Major Depressive Disorder secondary to chronic pain. Also 6-8 Vivarin a day just to stay awake from all the drug drowsiness, and all my caffeinated candy...Yummy!


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 10/16/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
 
     Dear Jeff,
 
     Have you ever looked into having a sleep study done? I know some others here on the board have had them done, and have had considerable good results with the treatment planns that followed.
 
      My first and second  "injection series" nurse told me they stopped counting after first 30 mins. Said wasnt anything I was doing wrong, just my brain recieving signals. Honestly, I had thought I had just had the best nap in years.... *shruggs*  After that I was put on high doses of meds for slowing brain activity and  joint inflammation. shakehead   Not sure what the deal is, but I do know I am not allowed to take anything extra with my meds. not even OTC. Something about potentially dangerous / hazardous side effects even with benadryl.... so that why I asked about your particular combination :-)   I do not take any of the medicines you do thou.  :-)      
*huggs*
    dani
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


Draka
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 256
   Posted 10/16/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had trouble ever since I stopped all my medications.

I didn't sleep for three days/nights straight during withdrawal.

I have been taking a third of one 10mg Ambien... don't know if it's in my head but it seems to work for me but I'm awake around 5am.... I try not to take the Ambien three days in a row.

I use this sleep meditation CD: www.http://store.chopra.com/productinfo.asp?item=160

...and I'll tell you it works like a charm... my husband also tried it a couple of nights and he was impressed!

Also I just got a Medipillow.... it says it's good for neck pain suffers..... you fill a bladder in it with water.... used it last night and so far so good!

Hope you get some sleep soon!
Lisa
Slight reversal of the normal cervical curvature. Ther eis a 2mm antherolisthesis of C3 with respect to C4, a 2mm retrolisthesis of C5 with respect to C6 and a 2mm retrolisthesis of C6 with respect to C7
Degenerative changes present at multiple levels as follows:
C2-C3 osteophytes medial to the right intervertebral foramen and involving the right uncovertebral joint with minimal to moderate foraminal narrowing.
C3-C4 herniation fo the disc medial to the right intervertebral foramen and encroaching uponthe medial aspect fo teh foramen measuring approx. 2.5mm in the AP diameter. There is marked compression of the right nerve root sleeve. There are osteophytes involving the right uncoverterbral joint with moderate to foraminal stenosis. There is minimal anterolisthesis of C3 with respect to C4
C4-C5 herniation of the disc in the midline measuring approx. 2.5mm in the AP diameter woth minimal flattening to the ventral aspect of the cord. There are osteophytes involving the right uncovertebral joint with moderate foraminal narrowing
C5-C6 posterocentral herniation of the disc measuring approx. 3mm in the AP diameter with flattening of the ventral aspect of the cord. There are osteophytes involving the right uncovertebral joint woth moderate foraminal narrowing. There is minimal retrolistesis of C5 with respect to C6
C6-C7 minimal retrolisthesis of C6 with respect to C7. There is minimal diffuse bulging fo the annulus measuring approx. 2mm in the AP diameter. There are osteophytes involving the uncovertebral joint bilaterally with minimal bilateral foraminal narrowing.

Been off all medications for almost one month... couldn't deal with the side effects.... now only using 5% Lidocaine patches

Post Edited (Draka) : 10/16/2009 12:09:18 PM (GMT-6)


bsjaguar
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   Posted 10/16/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeffro, I'm confused. You take Vivarin & caffeinated candy to stay awake during the day but then can't sleep at night. Sounds like you may have gotten yourself on a roller coaster. Maybe try taking a small nap or two during the day instead of the caffeine cause maybe all the caffeine is keeping you awake at night. I know if my husband even drinks a pepsi after 4 in the afternoon he can't get to sleep at night. My meds make me groggy during the day if I try to sit and read or watch tv too long. If I get sleepy I try to get up and do something around the house or if the weather is cooperating I take a walk. Maybe if you can get to sleeping better at night you won't be so groggy during the day. Hope I didn't sound like I was trying to get down on your case or anything. Just seems like your not getting any sleep anytime and that can cause your pain levels to escalate. As far as waking up in pain that happens to me and alot of times I heat up the old rice bag, climb into the recliner and can then sleep with my body in a different position than just lying flat in bed. Good Luck and hope you can get some rest soon.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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