tired vs. sleepy

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   Posted 8/12/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
  Most of us know there is a differance between being tired and being sleepy.
  Fibromites suffer from fatigue, sheer exhaustion. Alot of us suffer from insomnia.
  How many of us wake up not feeling refreshed?
  My questions to you are.....
  What do you do to feel more energized ? I walk 30-60 minutes when I am able.
  What do you do to feel sleepy? I take hot baths and read.
  Wishing everyone a pain free day!
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   Posted 8/12/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
What do I do to feel more energized?
Well, let see........I have to be at work by 7:30am, so coffee and the phone calls I get from my customers can give me a little pep.

What I do to feel sleepy....

Hot showers and heating pads in the recliner either reading or watchin' a good show. I can't lie but at least during the work week I've got my Ambein.(Need that few hours of good shut eye) ;D
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   Posted 8/12/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Energy: walks in fresh air.
Sleepy: tension tamer tea and light reading.

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   Posted 8/12/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Energy: Get out the cat toy and start getting the kids tearing around the house chasing it.

Relax: Usually a good comedy, heating pad, and curling up with the DBF.

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   Posted 8/12/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
For energy-Adderall

For sleepy-Ambien

I have to use total medication to do anything. I also try to walk. It does help. But it has been too hot lately.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 8/12/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Robin, I walk and also have a cup of hot tea.  If I keep moving, I do have more energy.  I also stay away from too many carbs and sugar.  That really makes me tired but I'm also diabetic.
Watching television makes me sleepy.  That's why I have the TV on in my bedroom.  I'm usually asleep in 15 minutes this way.  If I don't have the television on, I will lay there and I can't shut my brain off.
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   Posted 8/13/2009 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I have Provigil to give me energy and Temazepam to make me sleepy.

Nothing else seems to work. Hot showers or baths, which I know help a lot of people with pain, bother me because of the steam and make me lightheaded and nauseous for a few hours. Reading at night keeps me awake but during the day makes me sleepy. I can't eat or drink or even brush my teeth too close to bedtime or else I'll be too nauseous to sleep. I have found that I do need to have noise in order to sleep, whether it's the TV or music. I can't sleep in silence unless I have a headache, which will always make my ears ring.

Diagnosed with fibromyalgia February 2008, dysthymia January 2009.
Vitamin D supplements, and Provigil and Temazepam when I need them.
Anti-depressants have been a bust but the rheumy wants to put me on Savella.

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   Posted 8/14/2009 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies, I will have to try the tea, I used to drink it years ago.

Hope eveyone has a wonderful, pain-free weekend!!!

 possible MCTD, Raynauds, Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis, Degenerative
 Disc Disease, Osteoarthritis, High Blood Pressure, Migranes and
 Pseudothrombocytopenia, biopsy shows a Scleroderma variant
 MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella, Boniva,Lisinopril, Folic Acid, Flexeril, and
 Vitamin Supplements

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   Posted 8/15/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Energy: I just keep moving...if I stop, the fatigue and pain become unbearable. If I stay on the go and keep my mind occupied, it's at least tolerable (most of the time, anyway).

Sleep: Ummm....still haven't figured this one out, since I have an almost 3 year old who insists on waking up several times a night, sometimes completely waking around 1 am and staying up (wired and almost "manic") until 4 or 5. We sometimes get a week or two where he sleeps the night, and it's beautiful when that happens.

We just got the kids a bunk-bed w/ new mattresses, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that the extra comfort will help him sleep. Last night, he only woke up once! :)


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