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Cosmo girl
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/4/2008 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am new to this so here goes my first message. It's 1 in the morning and I cannot sleep. I have just been told I have anxiety problems about 2 weeks ago. It scares me everyday, I think there is something way worse wrong with me than just this. I have read many of the other comments and I am feeling a lot better knowing that I am not competely crazy because that is how I have been feeling lately. Like I am just losing my mind and NO ONE understands that I hate living like this. I am glad I found this site and I think it will do me a world of good to know how other people feel and how they deal with it.

laurar
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   Posted 4/5/2008 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cosmo girl,

I usually post on the Ulcerative Colitis forum, but pop over here from time to time as I've struggled with anxiety issues on and off throughout my life. On of my major issues lately has been insomnia, so I can totally relate to how you feel. I too am frequently convinced that something much worse is wrong with me, but that is often the nature of anxiety. I can ward it off during the day, but at night I have to stare my fears in the face since there's nothing around to distract me. When you tack a lack of sleep onto the situation it can compound things times 100! I can usually get to sleep at a decent hour, but then will wake up in the middle of the night with my heart pounding and a feeling like my brain just won't turn itself off.

Have you considered taking a sleeping medication? I've opted to treat my insomnia the "natural" way, but taking magnesium citrate supplements and melatonin. It's helped me sleep an average of 5-6 hours, which is at least enough to survive from day to day. I know that some people on this forum take sleeping aids like Ambien, Lunesta or Valium. I'm sure they'll write in with feedback.

In the meantime, hang in there!
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badgenetics1
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 146
   Posted 4/5/2008 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Cosmo Girl!

Just want you to know that you are not alone, my problems began with severe insomnia, I felt like I had adrenaline coursing through my body at night.  I too was convinced I had everything from thyroid disease, Mutliple Sclerosis, Epilepsy...the list goes on.

I now sleep just fine 90% of the time, I have overcome much with this problem, with the help of medication.  In my exp (its just my exp) Ambien and Lunesta do not help with anxiety and made me feel groggy but still unable to sleep.  I have been through just about every medication for sleep out there.  Klonopin helped tremendously in the beginning but you grow tolerant and I did not want to raise the dose.  I now take Lexapro in the Am and as needed take Seroquel (12.5-25mgs) at night.  I have had success with this and minimal side effects.

I sympathize with your plight, please let me know if you have any questions of if you just need some support!

K

 

 

 

 


nervymeg
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   Posted 4/5/2008 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Cosmo girl, a very warm welcome to you!! I'm so glad that you have found some comfort here and I really hope you stick around, we are a little family here.
 
Insomnia is horrible.  It's little wonder you are having trouble sleeping with all the anxiety in your life (and just being diagnosed).  It's normal to feel overwhelmed by this and to think that EVERYTHING is wrong with us...this will pass sweetie, it really will.  I find writing down all my worries before I go to bed, then closing the book and saying ENOUGH NOW! can help chase away the worries at night.  There is nothing you can do at night (except declare war on your PJ's) so leave the worrying for daytime when you can do something constructive!!
 
Laurar and bad genetics gave some good advice about possible medications...I take ativan 2.5mg when I KNOW I'm not going to sleep, but since I cut caffiene out a year ago most of my nights are pretty good...I'm really glad you posted here and please let us know how things go xx
 
(((welcome)))

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wen4003
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   Posted 4/6/2008 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Cosmo girl, welcome to the Healing Well family.  I am so happy that you have found us, I think you'll find that many members can relate to what you are dealing with and will be supportive and caring.  Knowing that you aren't alone with the anxiety and any issues that come with can be of comfort.
 
Insomnia is not an easy thing to deal with - the lack of sleep can really hinder your days.  Because of various reasons, I also deal with insomnia.  I take a sleeping med as well as valium and can sleep pretty good.  But when I don't have one or the other of the meds (right now I don't have any valium and am not sleeping well). You have received some great advice and you may want to talk to your doc about a sleep med as well as things you might be able to do to help with the insomnia (i.e. cutting out caffeine like Meg has done, writing in a journal before bed, etc).  Please keep posting and let us know how you are doing.
 
Again, welcome to Healing Well - we look forward to getting to know you better.
 
Take care,
Wen

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percycat
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   Posted 4/7/2008 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Cosmogirl,

How are you getting along? Is the insomnia any better or about the same? Let us know, and hang in there. Anxiety is scary, but you're not alone.

percycat

Cosmo girl
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/7/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to those of you who have wrote back. I am feeling much better the last few days. The thing is I just started my meds two weeks ago and I don't think they had reached their full effect until now. I sleep just fine for now and my moods have been pretty good. Reading how everyone feels makes me feel better to know that I am not crazy!!

nervymeg
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 4/8/2008 1:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hooray for you Cosmo Girl..that's really great news..a good nights sleep makes such a HUGE difference.  I'm glad those meds have kicked in and I hope you continue to sleep peacefully. Ahhhh!!!! :-)

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