So tired, and so dizzy today ;-(

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   Posted 3/22/2010 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I am so tired today, I'm doing the "nod and bob" at my computer...when you start to nod off, then do that quick jerk to wake up. I think I'm going to have to use a cane all the time now when I'm out and about, and I need to plan better use of my time and energy during the day.

Hope everyone is doing as well as possible today. You're all in my thoughts.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, FAI, Reynauds, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (Surgical Menopause and drug related), plus physically unable to vomit due to Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins...a joy for blood work or IV's)
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   Posted 3/22/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pam...

Oh, I know the "nod and bob" thing :) I'm sorry you are so tired today.... I hope you get some rest.

Take good care,
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

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   Posted 3/22/2010 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
seems like we both are having one of those nod and bob days, except I'm a stay at home mom and it happens to me in my recliner and it hurts when you snap
you head up...hope your week gets better...I hope you can get some good rest tonight...
lots of soft healing hugz..
keep us posted ..
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   Posted 3/22/2010 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   

I have those type of days way too often! It's really bad when it happens in class. I desperately try to pay attention but my body is too powerful. It's kind of funny to look at my notes. You can tell when I start to nod off because the notes are barely readable & they don't make much sense.

I hope you find some time to take a nap!


Stella Marie
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   Posted 3/22/2010 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Pam,

Soory to hear about your daytime sleepiness. If it really get to be a problem you can always talk to your doctor about Provigil. It does a wonderful job at making you feel aakre but not jittery.

I once did the nob thing, only I nodded off andmy face feel into my ceral bowl. My husband will never let me forget that one.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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!



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   Posted 3/22/2010 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pam,

Sorry to hear about the sleepiness...If I could make a few suggestions to help...

One thing I did was actually give up coffee and switch to green tea throughout the day...The Lipton has tons of flavors that are yummy hot or cold...

This gives you a bit of caffeine and an energy boost without the crash from coffee which as well as using Splenda instead of sugar for the same thing..more natural boost...

Also remember to drink more than 8 to 10 glasses of water (the tea counts too:)a day...Especially those of us on pain meds which are so dehydrating...People don't realize how being even a tiny bit dehydrated can cause great fatigue...It truly does help!

The last thing is having a snack right when you start to feel tired...But have a protein with a a few slices of an apple with Peanut Butter...or some crackers with cheese....this helps again sustain the energy of the carbs without having the crash...

Even some quick stretching to get the blood flowing..

I used to have this issue all the time and with these changes as well as being prescribed Ambien which for me now gives me an 8 hr sleep every single night without fail for years now and absolutely not a hint of drowsiness in the am...
I was never getting to stage 4 sleep which makes all the difference...
There are of course non medicinal things for sleep but my Dr. gave me this after years of having issues..

I'm sure it's hard being at a computer for the hope that you are awake enough to drive home..put your head out like a puppy dog in the breeze...HAHAHA:)

I am sending you a big hug today and hope tomorrow is better!!! As well as a low pain day!...
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
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(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006

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