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   Posted 2/12/2008 2:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking ambien cr for about 5 months now, and sometimes the only  way I can get out of pain is when i am sleeping.(my wife says i moan and complain in my sleep, but at least i dont remember it) The only problem is that i am only getting about 3-4 hours of sleep at a time until my pain wakes me up. So I walk around the house for about 2-3 hours with some pain meds and take another one, which my doctor only told me to take one per day. I've told him and he said to try not to do that, but ist so hard when you just want to sleep and forget your pain.  nono
Anyway does anybody do this or does anyone even take the ambien?
I have surgery in 10 hours to cut my nerve trunks and switch off the pain impulses I HOPE!
Ill try to get some sleep now, but i dobt it........ sad eyes
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   Posted 2/12/2008 5:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry to hear you're having such a hard time. Before I got sick I took regular ambien for 5 years. I've never had the new one. Since your pain is that severe and keeping you up on a sleeping pill, no amount of ambien is going to keep you asleep. When pain is that bad I know sleep is the only thing that can take you out of your misery. I was the same way, when your sleeping you dont remember feeling the pain. It sounds like before you can get some sleep you need to get your pain under control. Is it the ambien your taking an extra pill of? when my best friend died my doc told me to take an extra pill because I was so upset I couldnt sleep with one. But after he did that some new info came out about ambien and he quickly told me it was too dangerous. I only did it once before he got a hold of me, but it really messed with my head when I did it. Ambien is a medicine that very easily causes amnesia and hallucinations. You should ask your doc about taking care of the pain first, after that you might not even need ambien. But it also has interactions if you take a certain amount of pain meds so be very careful. They both depress the nervous system.
I hope your able to get some sleep soon.
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   Posted 2/12/2008 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I'll be! You aren't the only one who thrashes around all night while taking Ambien. My husband takes it sometimes and I always know when. A couple hours after he gets to bed, he starts moaning and thrashing. If I don't wake him up at that point, it's all out screaming, kicking Fight Club in the bed. We both met at as participants in a martial arts tournament years ago, so he goes into his Karate Kid routine - kicking and slashing with his arms. And guess who just happens to be his target?! Believe me, I do fight back, and it sometimes takes a couple of good knocks to really wake him up. As soon as I wake him up and he gets back to sleep, it starts all over again, about every hour on the hour. The result is neither one of us gets a decent night's sleep. Hubby rarely remembers any of this and thinks he's has a solid night's sleep - except for me waking him up. He also insists ambien is the only thing that works. Maybe it's time for twin beds!
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   Posted 2/12/2008 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
It is definitely one of the medications side effects. It even says on the television ad something along the lines of contacting your doctor if you eat, drive, or participate in other activities with amnesia for the event after taking this medication....Now, if a person lives alone and has amnesia for the event, exactly how is it they are to know that have participated in any activities????

Jack Nicholson recently stated during a press conference that he "almost drove off a cliff" after having taken Ambien. A friend of mine taking Ambien CR said she woke up in the morning with a mouth full of food and that was the only way she knew that she had eaten during the night.
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   Posted 2/13/2008 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I take ambien every night and without it I would never sleep.  Fortunately I have never had any of the problems others have had.  I'm so grateful to get to sleep every night now!
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   Posted 2/13/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had multiple instances of getting up and doing crazy stuff in the middle of the night and remembering nothing the next morning. Thank God I don't live alone because I about killed myself last week in a fall doing something bizarre. A couple of days later, I called 911 in the middle of the night because I thought someone had broken in because the back door was open. More likely I had gotten up and gone outside (no idea why) and not shut the door properly. I don't remember doing it. Cops thought I had been drinking or was crazy. Obviously, I quit taking the stuff. Fortunately I am still sleeping.

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   Posted 2/13/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on it but it put me in such a deep sleep iam now on lunstea but last night i sleep from 7 till 8 amsome time it works but iam like you i have nerve pain down my right leg and if i roll over in my sleep it wakes me up hurts like crazy but don't have much choose hubby's insurance ran out and couldn't afford cobra .Deb

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   Posted 2/16/2008 5:04 AM (GMT -6)   
the CR Really helpled me but I would get up without knowoing it and take a pain pill, or another ambien. I" am not short about a week and my body is not having fun with it.
Something traumtic happened, and while on it i was having nightmares...not sure it if it was the CR or just the event.
but taking a pill without remember is really hard to explain to a doc.....
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