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   Posted 7/7/2006 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I feel like I am turning into a walking zombie!  The last 2 weeks I have averaged, maybe, 4 hours of sleep a night.  I fall asleep and wake up an hour or 2 later & then after that I am awake every half hour!  Once I wake up I start worrying about all the things I am having to do in the next few months-move, go to the gastro doctor, look for a new job, take a new loan out to pay off our debt sooner, and my cat is in CONSTANT heat (getting her fixed next week)-it is so frustrating!  I don't know what to do?  I can feel the irritablity creeping in & I don't want to be grouchy to people for lack of sleep.  I am supposed to go on Lexapro for depression and anxiety, but can't get it yet until I have the money.  And I know all this worrying/stress isn't helping my IBS.  It is bothering me today quite a bit...I keep telling myself to relax and take deep breaths, but nothing seems to be working!  I keep feeling the urge to go, but I make my mind think of something else, I am so sick of having to run to the bathroom so much!!!  sad Sorry to vent, I am just having a very bad/emotional/poopy (literally) day...and it is only 10 in the morning!!!!  mad

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   Posted 7/7/2006 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi crazygut (I like your post name)..if the shoe fits, wear it! :-)

I too, have felt like you MANY times!!  I started to have a dificult time getting restful sleep.  I would fall asleep and then wake up in a couple of hours, lay there, worry, then fall back asleep, wake up in a couple of hours, worry...and on, and on. 

I have, what the Dr. tells be is a bad case of IBS-D and I have had chronic diarrhea for almost 4 months now. Before that, I was perfectly normal.  It's like this IBS thing just decided to creep up on me and turn me into somebody I'm not.  I have fretted, worried, became anxious, depressed, tired, irritable, etc. since this started almost 4 months ago.  What REALLY frustrates me is that there isn't any "answer" to why this is happening to me.  I've had ALL of the tests...colonoscopy, x-rays, CT scans, hida scan, Upper GI, blood tests, stool cultures and all have turned up the Dr. says I have IBS-D....hard bite to chew.  I have tried antidepressants, but they didn't work for me. They made me feel worse and even more tired.  I went to a 2nd GI Dr. and he put me on a Rx called Colestid.  It has definetly slowed down the diarrhea.  I only have it 1 to 2 times a day now.  Better than 5-8!!  I also am talking to a social worker and he is helping me deal with the stress and anxiety this terrible IBS-D has caused.  Maybe you could check into a social worker.  It helps some. 

My social worker gave me a couple relaxation CD's.  After you listen to them a couple of times, the better they work.  You have to relax and focus on what the person is saying on the CD.  It may be an inexpensive route for you to try.  I'd consider getting a relaxation CD.  Wouldn't hurt any!  Use the CD on a pair of CD head phones and when nobody is around so you can totally relax and listen to it.  It makes some people even fall asleep! :-)

I am thinking about going to a "natural" Dr., one that recomends using vitamins and supplements instead of prescription drugs.  Rx drugs side effects can be bad too.  I have lost tons of hair and some weight.  I am trying to gain weight back now.  Trying not to stress and obsess about it though!!  I know it will take time to get back in to the normal routine, but us IBS people do not have a choice. If we worry about IBS-D and obsess over it and feel sorry for ourselves, we will NEVER get better.  Try taking a walk, meditation, yoga, reading, try a new hobby....get your mind off of it.

I hope this helps.  I feel for you.  Hang in there and please post if you are ever having "one of those days".  I totally understand what you are feeling and going through. yeah Try to SMILE!  I'm sure trying too!


Post Edited (shelly1979) : 7/7/2006 11:09:56 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/7/2006 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
You might talk to the Dr. about something like Xanax. It is more for anxiety which it sounds as if that is the reason you are not sleeping. It is very inexpensive as it comes in generic.

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   Posted 7/7/2006 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
My girlfriend takes Ativan and loves it. You should definitely talk to your doc about another anti-anxiety med.
I hope you can relax this weekend.
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   Posted 7/10/2006 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for your replies.  I am going to talk to my doctor about possibly seeing a therapist?  I have to do something to get my anxiety under control.  The part that bugs me the most is how IBS has turned me into this basket case!  I had anxiety before this, but never how I have it now.  But, all I can do is try to make myself better & stop stressing on it.  I have my gastro appt on the 25th, so maybe that will give me some relief.  I have been dealing with this diarrhea problem since June of 2005. (a little less then 3 months after I got married) Shelley, I can totally sympathize with you.  I have had numeruos other tests done (stool, blood, etc-just not done by a gastro only my gp).  I also lost about 30-35 pounds when I first got the diarrhea.  I stopped eating for awhile because I was sick of being in the bathroom all the time.  I have gained some of the wieght back, but once I THINK I get to a good spot weight wise I get another bad attack and lose about 5-8 pounds in a few days... mad It is like a continous circle. 

Hopefully we will all find that magic cure & be back to our normal selves...


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