Insomnia cures anyone?

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   Posted 12/28/2007 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone have any great insomnia cures. I used to think it was the prednisone, but I'm down to 8mg and still I can't sleep. I've tried all the herbal stuff out there. It gets me to sleep just fine, actually knocks me out. But I wake up about an hour or two later and I'm wide awake and done for the night. I've been awake since 1:30 and I'm just about thinking that I might be able to go back to sleep now, only problem is that its just about time to get up and start the day! My doctor really hates to Rx sleeping pills, especially since I'm so low on prednisone. He'll give me a few, but I really need to sleep EVERY night not just once in a while. I've thought about ordering sleeping pills online, but that really makes me nervous for all kinds of reasons. So I'm hoping someone has some ideas.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 12/28/2007 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Suzanne,
Last time I was on Prednisone, I had insomnia until about a week after I totally stopped the steriods. Even when I was on half a pill, 2.5 mg, I still had it! I think it takes awhile to clear your system. The good news is, I slept really well duing that 3 week remission! I have heard that melatonin pills from the health food store help, but I haven't tried it. I took Tylenol PM last night and it did nothing! Think of it this way...if you can't sleep, you can stay up and talk to me:)
48 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's Sept-Oct. 2007

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   Posted 12/28/2007 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
You can try chamomile tea. It has some sleep-inducing properties, but personally I would insist on your doctor prescribing more sleeping pills. Posisbly consider trazadone, because that doesn't seem to have any effects on the GI and also could help with any mood disturbances associated with the prednisone.
Female, 30. Diagnosed August 2007 with Crohn's Colitis. Asacol 400 mg 12 x day. Canasa, Cortifoam, just finished Prednisone (tapered from 60 mg). Orthotricyclin Lo, Calcium, Trinity (probiotics), and multivitamin.

Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 12/29/2007 1:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for posting this. NOW I know why the heck I cannot sleep! Been put back on Prednisone for a couple of days - 8 pills a day for one week, then 4 pills until next office visit in two weeks. Usually asleep no later than 10pm (early riser) and now the past few days I am up until 1 - 2 am... or I get to sleep and three hours later I am back up and not able to sleep. I remembered only that Prednisone gorked my body out, but did not remember inability to sleep.

Please... please beware purchasing medications online: 1) Medications from other many other countries are not regulated. 2) Many medications are illegal. I remember watching one of the news programs about this topic sometime back.

I too have had "problems" with GI doctor and medications other than crohn's (Asacol/Pentasa). I found that my family doctor has been my saving grace for pain, nausea and stress/sleep management.

Being in a CD flare with swollen chittlins, pain, nausa and the the big D is no fun. Adding insomnia... arrr!

Good luck!

(Trying to keep my chin up and chest out)

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   Posted 12/29/2007 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Whenever on pred be sure to take it as early in the morning to prevent insomnia...pred can cause this if it's not taken early enough in the morning.

Chamomile tea is suppose to help with sleep and it's a great natural anti-inflammatory, I actually have one every morning when I wake up to help with my gut.

Next time you're at a health food store check out what they have for "natural" sleep aid that is non-addictive and 100% toxic free, safe.
For me, I found exercising regularly has entirely helped me with my insomnia problems that I had in the past.


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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