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Tinamarie
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   Posted 3/6/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't sleep that well and any night I do, I'm still exhausted the next day.  The pa's are worse at night and taking sleeping med sometimes makes me feel like I can't get out of the the horrible dreams or fb's.  Not taking them makes me stay away and if I sleep, the same dreams come on but at least I seem to wake up easier.  It's so darned frustrating.


1/12/04 surgery to repair prolapsed bladder, partial hysterectomy
12/11/08 surgery to repair prolapsed intestines, bowel, rectum (enterocele, rectocele & intussusception)
12/30/08 temp ileostomy and rectal stent due to rectal/vaginal fistula
 
PTSD, depression and anxiety disorder
 
 
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Celey
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   Posted 3/6/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Horrible dreams... And I'm guessing fb stands for flashbacks. I see in your signature that you have PTSD... do you get night terrors as well?

I think your main problem are the panic attacks and horrible dreams. This is something you have to battle with yourself, but I can give you some tips (because when I was a child, I used to have nightmares and night terrors really bad)...

1. Make sure you have a notebook and pen near your bed. When you wake up from the panic attacks or nightmares or whatever, immediately write down what it was you were thinking/dreaming about and how you felt. Try to go back to sleep. The next day, take a look at what you wrote, then write down some things you could do to prevent such things from happening again... (For instance, if you had a nightmare where someone is stabbing you, since it is your mind and your dream... You have the power to become like... a super martial artist and lay out some butt-whooping... If it's a panic attack, it would be useful to know what your triggers are)...

2. Try thinking of comforting thoughts before bed. I find this (used in conjunction with a cuddly object to hug at night such as a teddy bear or really big pillow) has helped me tremendously reduce the amount of nightmares I had. Think about how soft or fluffy your pillow is. Think about how nice and warm and cozy the bed is. Think about clouds and warm puppies and kitties... Do not think about anything else but warm, soft, and cuddly thoughts.

3. Keep a dreamcatcher. Based on personal experience, dreamcatchers haven't helped me too much... But other people swear by them. It may help you out with your sleeping problems.
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Green Grove
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   Posted 3/6/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Great advice! Have you tried any relaxation or breathing techniques? CBT? All of these are necessary to begin recovery, so I just wanted to know :)

I hope you get to feeling better soon!
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Tinamarie
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   Posted 3/7/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Caley honey thank you for all your advise.  Esp the idea with writing it down right away. 
 
 
I actually have a stuffie that I can sleep with and a blanket that I love in the cold weather.  Last night was so horrible, I did get up, I had to and wrote out what I was feeling (body memories) and the flashbacks.  I even had a cup of herbal tea and took a warm bath, read a magazine, had on some nice music.  In the end I woke up my hubby bc I wasn't feeling safe at all.  It took hours....more toward daylight for me to get another hour or two's sleep.  Today I've been dragging all day and now dreading bedtime all over again.   The panic is already setting in and has been...I'm Just trying to stay calm, gonna read for a while.  It's just so scary.  cry

1/12/04 surgery to repair prolapsed bladder, partial hysterectomy
12/11/08 surgery to repair prolapsed intestines, bowel, rectum (enterocele, rectocele & intussusception)
12/12/08 surgery to find source of bleeding, hemotoma in muscle behind vaginal wall (down to 7 hemoglobin)
12/13/08 gelfoam embolism to stop bleeding (still at 7 hemoglobin)
12/30/08 temp ileostomy and rectal stent due to rectal/vaginal fistula
 
PTSD, depression, migraine headaches and anxiety disorder
 
 
~~Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall~~
 
~~Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness to pull another hand into the light~~



Celey
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   Posted 3/8/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
You're doing what you can, Tina.... Just keep doing what you're doing... Keep yourself relaxed... and remember to write things down... It takes a while, but hopefully, it will become therapeutic for you...

Have you discussed your trouble staying asleep with your therapist?
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Aries8
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   Posted 3/8/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you taking any meds for your panic attacks? If not, I would look into that. If so, find out if the med can cause nightmares. Some medications do that.

It sounds like you did all the right things when you woke up last night. Make sure you're trying to stay relaxed calmly. Some people rush around frantically trying to calm down. All it does is release more adrenalin.

What are pa's? Hope you feel better soon!!
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Hibee
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   Posted 3/9/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Tinamarie

Welcome to the HW forum good to meet you. I can really relate to you on this one as I have major sleep problems and have for a long time and my sleep patterns are all over the place, I get about 2-4 hours a night and always feel tired during the day which really affects my anxiety and depression. When I do get to sleep I also get terrible nightmares and often wake in a panic drenched in sweat which is horrible. Celey has gave you some great advise and I will be wrighting mine down as I have not tried that before. I take a benzo called Tamazepam to help me sleep but have built up a tolerance to this med so it does not really work for me now. I do try to relax as much as possible before going to bed and find that listening to some calming music does help me goto sleep.

Have you tried therapy? I find that therapy has helped me and im due for some more soon. I hope you get some sleep tonight my friend.

Take Care

Ben
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