i'm so tired, and i'm so tired of insomnia, please help?!!!!!

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cat8201
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   Posted 3/16/2010 4:45 AM (GMT -7)   
i'm exhausted.  i'm so tired that my eyes are crossing, literally.  i have to close one eye to type.  so please excuse my grammar and or typos.  so, i usually go through several days a momth where i do not sleep.  however, this streak is truly making me crazy.
 
i started to hallucinate this morning.  i haven't slept more than 2 hours in any one night in 10 days. last night, i didn't sleep at all.
 
one of the reasons i haven't been able to sleep is migraine's.  i thought the last few days were bad because i had run out of my pain medicine and i couldn't get comfortable at night.  and tornado season is in full throttle here in arkansas.  we've already had a wave of tornado producing thunderstorms.  well because the fronts keep moving in and out, my migraine's have been awful.  i had a wonderful talk last night with mikel, and i thought i wouod rest well afterward, but i got this incredibly bad headache.  it was awful!!!
 
so headache's and migraine's aside, does anyone else have insomnia?  the bad thing is i have to take my son to school, and i'm drinking coffee (which isn't something i usually drink) just to wake myself up enough to drive him to school safely.  everytime i blink i feel like i'm falling asleep, but i don't feel like i dcan sleep.  so, i'm picking up my ambien today from walgreen's and i'm coming back after taking atticus to school, and i'm taking one and i'm going to sleep all day, fingers crossed.
 
i feel like i'm making absolutely no sense at all..please help!!!???
 
thank you
 
tabatha
cat8201@live.com (you can find me on facebook with this email address too). 
27 yrs old-Fibromyalgia; PCOS; Surgery induced Menopause; Classic Migraines with Aura; Neuropathy; Ankylosing Spondylitis w/ narrowing around the spinal cord; Spinal Stenosis of the Cervical & Lumbar Spine; other little things
 
Medications for pain: Oxycontin; Soma **will update when change meds for sleep, etc.
 
Other treatment: Aquatic Therapy (still have to start); Sleep Study (need a sitter)


cat8201
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   Posted 3/16/2010 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
o, and i forgot to add that i had two dr's appointments today. one w/my neurologist and the other an annual follow up after my hysterectomy. i'm cancelling both. i simply cannot do it. i have to come back and get some sleep.

i can't believe i'm seeing things, i just pray i make it to his school and back safelyl. i hate it when i feel this way, although i think this has to be the worse. i wish his school had buses but since it is a first year charter school, they do not have them yet. it sure would help on days like today.

well, i take it back, i'm dropping atticus off at school then i'm coming straight home, i can't be waiting in a parking lot for them to open or i'm likely to pass out. so i'll just come home and get it later. wish me luck, please.

and i also wanted to add that sleep medications do help, but not really sleeping all night. i've tried melatonin and hot teas at night, to no avail.

ok i'm forgetting what i'm typing again, thanks for reading.
27 yrs old-Fibromyalgia; PCOS; Surgery induced Menopause; Classic Migraines with Aura; Neuropathy; Ankylosing Spondylitis w/ narrowing around the spinal cord; Spinal Stenosis of the Cervical & Lumbar Spine; other little things
 
Medications for pain: Oxycontin; Soma **will update when change meds for sleep, etc.
 
Other treatment: Aquatic Therapy (still have to start); Sleep Study (need a sitter)


MIKEL99
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   Posted 3/16/2010 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
GEEZ Tabs my goodness I thought everything was cool , Listen your making sense your just over tired and need to sleep .Please get your ambien that should help you gently drift off to sleep . You may be just in between sleep and wake and thats why you think your hallucinating , once your able to get a few hours of sleep you'll feel much better I'm sure .Cat you should see a sleep specialist I think  , please consider it , there is no reason for you to keep on this way without at least thoroughly investigating whats going on . Please you may have a sleep disorder , or it could be something very simple , but you need to find out , and soon like asap .Let me know whats going on please , keep me posted . Your friend Mikel
HIV+ also Hep c , need hip replacement surgery on hold because of unknown but cellulitus-like ailment  .most pain from hip condition and cellulitus-like ailment .hands numb may have carpal tunnel syndrome now . Great frustration because doctors unable to diagnos ailment              .Medecines - Oxycontin , percocet ,  Celelbrex , lasix .    '                                                                                                                         


cat8201
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   Posted 3/16/2010 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
i made it home, but i'm not waiting on my meds yet, i'm taking a napl, i'll email or post something later.

thank you mikel

tabatha
27 yrs old-Fibromyalgia; PCOS; Surgery induced Menopause; Classic Migraines with Aura; Neuropathy; Ankylosing Spondylitis w/ narrowing around the spinal cord; Spinal Stenosis of the Cervical & Lumbar Spine; other little things
 
Medications for pain: Oxycontin; Soma **will update when change meds for sleep, etc.
 
Other treatment: Aquatic Therapy (still have to start); Sleep Study (need a sitter)


college coaches wife
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   Posted 3/16/2010 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Cats8201, all I can say is "Bless your heart". You've got two things that spell disaster for sleep - fibromyalgia and hysterectomy (menopause). I too have both and take Ambien on as-needed basis. I also went to PM Dr and was borderline sleep apnea (5.07). I also have your weather headaches. Go to your nearest vitamin shop and pick up Magnesium and Butterbar supplement. Take one as soon as headache picks up and take one every 30 minutes (no more than 3 per day) as I was told. This helps me. If you have trouble with IBS as I do, you may want to take Butterbar without magnesium. You may be able to take more of the plain Butterbar. My headaches (I track weather on twc.com) and have noticed a pattern. Usually wind is blowing out of east and southeast is the worst. If this occurs and Barometric pressure is low with a front coming from west - get ready for a migraine (at least for me anyway). Hope this helps. Oh, now you know why they use sleep deprivation as a torture method for war criminals.
Fibromyalgia, stomach ulcer, daily headaches and migraines, IBS, chronic fatigue

Provigil, Savella, Clonazepam, Neurontin,Zetia, Ambien, Excedrin, Aciphex


Stella Marie
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   Posted 3/16/2010 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Cat,
 
I suffer greatly from insomnia too!  My neurologist has told me that lack of sleep increases both neurological problems (for you Headaches) and muscle/whole body pain.  Your body need atleast 4 1/2 hours of rest every night to just get by.  The preferred amount of sleep is 6 - 8 hours.  Over 9 hours and you are problemly getting more than you need and that can lead to other problems.
 
Melatonin and Valerian did not work for me at all.  Neither did Benederyl.  Next I tried Rx sleep aids.  Ambien was a slight help, but was nothing I could depend on.  Elavil, an old old antidepressant was also of little help.  Neither was Resteril.  I hit gold with Trazadone.  I am allow to take either one or two tablets as I need.  about one hour after taking Trazadone I start to get sleepy.  Another nice thing is where Ambien was several hundreds of dollars per month, Trazadone is generic and runs about $20 for 60 tablet.  What a deal.....and it works.
 
I am also just post menapause and do take hormone replacements (HRT).  I have found that a combination of the HRT and Trazadone, I no longer reach that zombie state associated with several days of not sleeping.
 
Good luck is your search for the perfect sleep Rx.  If one does not work for you, insist on trying something else.  You don;t always have to have the whole Rx filled.  I ask for only 10 days worth at the pharmacy when I am trialing a new medication.  I hate to spend or have my insurance cover something that costs hundreds of dollars, only to have to pitch it because it was not effective. 

Stella Marie   Chronic Pain Forum Moderator

Progressive neurodegenerative disease called Multiple System Atrophy, muscle spasms, muscle pain, neuropathy, & neuropathic pain, central sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and 2 pain implants – intrathecal pain medication pump and an SCS (spinal cord stimulator).  Extra fun little toys and gadgets; O2 generator and assorted wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and orthotic braces.  Med - too many too list or even care about!

 

 



Blessedx8
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   Posted 3/16/2010 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Tabatha (Cat8201)...

I'm really sorry about your insomnia... and, unfortunately, can completely relate to being so tired that your eyes are crossing and your thoughts being all jumbled up. The reason I don't drive much is due to my insomnia.

I really hope you can get your sleep study. It wasn't until I had mine that I realized just how poorly I had been sleeping (I have pretty severe sleep apnea...and was never getting into REM "deep sleep"). Do you have one scheduled... or what do you need to do to get one? That would be my biggest piece of advice is to get that sleep study.

None of the sleep meds help me, or they just had too many side effects (being groggy in the morning)...

Anyway, others have given you some good advice... I really hope you've gotten some rest today and are feeling a little bit better. Take care of yourself!

--Tina
Main Health Problems: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; Severe Vitamin D Deficiency

Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial (Sept, 2008); awaiting my decision for implantation

Meds: MS Contin; Dilaudid; Actiq; Soma ; Neurontin; Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan/Zofran/Reglan; Effexor(depression)/Ativan(anxiety); Synthroid; Prednisone; and on the list goes...


cat8201
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   Posted 3/16/2010 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you all, i have tried to sleep several times and i still can't sleep. i'm still going cross eyed..lol.

on my sleep study i did the first half of it, i never hit rem sleep and i have mild sleep apnea, however my husband was working 11 to 7 shift at night and i had to cancel 2 times in a row because they called him into work last minute. so they won't let me complete my study. it's frustrating.

so, my son will be home soon and i have to function so i took "stay awake" with a coke. now i'm going the oppositte direction. i can't be going cross eyed. plus i'm meeting my son's friend's mother for the first time todqay. and the boys are doing their homework over herel

i'm sorry that this is not more direct at erveryone, my mind is truly running on empty. and there is no way that i could drive.
27 yrs old-Fibromyalgia; PCOS; Surgery induced Menopause; Classic Migraines with Aura; Neuropathy; Ankylosing Spondylitis w/ narrowing around the spinal cord; Spinal Stenosis of the Cervical & Lumbar Spine; other little things
 
Medications for pain: Oxycontin; Soma **will update when change meds for sleep, etc.
 
Other treatment: Aquatic Therapy (still have to start); Sleep Study (need a sitter)


skeye
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   Posted 3/16/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
((((((((cat))))))))))). I see much of myself in your post. I'm sure you can understand when I say that I don't have any suggestions for you at the moment because I am so exhausted that my brain is barely functioning. Just focusing on the computer screen to type this is a huge effort. I'm going to attempt to go to bed now. Hopefully I'll be able to post something more coherent tomorrow, but I just want to let you know that you are not alone & that I really do feel for you! Hopefully we both get a good night's sleep tonight!

hugs,
Skeye

kimber9807
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   Posted 3/17/2010 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Cats8201, I am sorry to hear about your insomnia. I am the queen of the insomnia . I was up for 12 days with no sleep when I first developed insomnia. My question has your dr prescribed you anything for sleep? If not I would ask . I am on ambien thanks god for that or otherwise I will not sleep. Good luck. Hugs. Hope you can get some sleep soon.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis and aslo gallbladder disease aka biliary colic.
 
meds:bentyl,zofran aciphex ,ambien and  trazodone.

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