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   Posted 3/2/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
So I'm making a doctors appointment.
But this is my problem.
I've been taking amytriptoline (the spelling of this word always confounds me) to help me sleep. It's still working, I sleep all through the night, but the quality of my sleep is horrible. I dream all night, and even after 12 hours of sleep I'm still tired. My pain has also increased again, which I think is linked to this sleeping problem.
I've been concidering taking more of Amy (yeah I shortened it :P) which I'm going to try tonight, see if it helps... maybe I'm just starting to flare. I dunno.
Diagnosed with Fibro - October 2008

Venlafaxine 70mg/Armitriptyline 40mg to help me sleep and anxiety

Ativan... when things get real bad.

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   Posted 3/2/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Sorry you're having sleep issues.  I take Amy too. :)  I sleep better than I had before but still have some nights now and then where I'm tossing and turning and groaning with pain.  I'm on 50mgs a night.  I also take a Xanax just before bed, I think that helps with the anxiety I feel when I'm not sleeping as well as I'd like.  I started taking my meds a little earlier than I used to.. about 1 1/2 - 2 hours before bed, that's helped too.

I hope you find some help, I know what your going through and it really stinks.

Warm hugs,

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   Posted 3/2/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmmm....I don't dream anymore. Not sure if it's the Tramadol or Neurontin. Which tells me I'm not sleeping normally. Whatever "normal" is.
Still learning how to manage my Fibromylagia, and all the lovely gifts it brings.   
I had severe spinal stenosis, had fusion done on C5-7, and my life has changed. 

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   Posted 3/2/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I also dream a lot. I always have. In fact last night I was dreaming that I had this job and the lady wanted to fire me but she couldn't because she was short handed and it was busy. I walked out. Not sure what that one means.

I sleep too, but it also isn't restful. So I started taking ambien and it helps a lot. I get a much more restful sleep than I use to. I also sleep close to ten hours a night. I have always needed more sleep., But sometimes I wonder if I am getting too much.

I hope that you find something that will help you with your sleep.

Best wishes,
hugs, Karen
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   Posted 3/3/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried a sleep study? I just got my sleep apnea machine-the mask isn't right so they are sending me a new one to try. Sleep study doc said I was not getting enough "deep sleep" so no matter how much I slept, it was never quite enough
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   Posted 3/3/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been on 100mg of amitriptyline for 11 yrs (that's why I can finally spell it, hehe). I also take 1 1/2 mg xanax at bedtime. I take them both about a half hour before I go to bed and usually I'm asleep within an hour. If I'm over stimulated in the evenings it takes me longer to go to sleep so I try to have a relaxing evening, doesn't always work with my family. I don't have children at home so it's easier for me to relax. If I had gotten fibro when I had a house full of kids to get ready for bed I probably would have never slept.
But I do wake in the early morning hours around 3 or 4 and it takes me a little while to go back to sleep, sometimes I take another half xanax to get back to sleep. Xanax only works for about 6 hrs for me. I can't remember the last time I slept for 12 hrs, it sounds like heaven to me but I probably would be groggy all day if I slept that long. I get about 6 or 7 hrs of sleep a night. Sometimes I remember dreaming.
I wouldn't up the ami without your doc's approval. I do believe it helps my pain.
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   Posted 3/3/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I usually have about 3 different dreams a night, it is very frustrating. I know how you feel. They took me off my amy due to breast pain so I currently have no sleep aid. Sleep just seems so important to how we feel as fibromites. I hope you and your doctor get it right soon.
Fibro, interstitial cystitis, migraines, rotated femur, bunion on rt ft, hiatal hernia, for just a few.

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   Posted 3/4/2009 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Soonest appointment is the 31st of March :P

I'd love to go do a sleep study. I think it would do me a lot of good.

When I'm dreaming lots it usually takes me a good half hour in the morning to search through what was a dream and what is real and at times I remember things and have to second guess.

I was told that Gabapentin can increase dreaming.. but I've also heard the opposite. It's really intersting how different meds effect different people.
Diagnosed with Fibro - October 2008

Venlafaxine 70mg/Armitriptyline 40mg to help me sleep and anxiety

Ativan... when things get real bad.

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   Posted 3/4/2009 1:50 AM (GMT -6)   
When you can remember your dreams in the morning, your sleep is not restful.

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