insomnia and chronic pain

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   Posted 1/31/2009 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all:
I am in need of some helpful information please in regards to chronic pain and sleeping patterns
I have always had difficulty sleeping since developing chronic pain and taking Opiate pain med s my problem is not falling asleep it is not staying asleep waking up several times throughout the nite, and either getting back to sleep or not being able to and starting my day at like 3am or so
Recently my Dr has upped my breakthrough med s due to my great pain level increase cause I am moving and packing up all the house items basically by myself which causes my pain to increase dramatically with the extra physical work
currently I am on 3/ 40mg Oxycontin perday with up to 3 OxyIr 20 mg for breakthrough
My Dr upped myOxyIr to up to 5 max per day and said when I finish all the packing he will drop the dose down to max 3 or less of OxyIR perday
Due to all the physical work and pain I am currently taking the max of 5 Ir perday
Since the OxyIR increase my sleep pattern has changed as stated falling asleep is not the problem but I am waking up several times throught the nite and start my day at ussually 4am every day
QAlso I seem to wake up at the exact time I would ussually take my Oxy IR dose which has me sort of speechless
Can anyone share any info on this type of problem and what was done to improve it I take no other med s than sometime s 2 gravole to get drowsy to fall back asleep again no other sleeping med s etc and I don t want to take any sleeping pills or sedative s/ hynotic s

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   Posted 1/31/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Bruce; Welcome to HW. I am sorry that you too have to be here plagued with Chronic Pain alike to all of us that gather here. Most of us that are on here have sleeping problems due to the pain that wakes us up at night. But mine is not the medications that cause me to wake anywhere from 12:30-3 am fully awake ready to start my day but rather the shooting pains that I have been dealing with for the last 5 years now non stop. I had three levels fused without good results and now deal with Chronic Pain, Failed Back Syndrome and several impinged nerves causing the sciatic nerve pain that shoots down both my legs and makes my toes, heels and arches feel like pins and needles. Unfortunately I do not know what else to try for your situation to help you sleep that is not a sleeping aide. But maybe there will be someone else come along with some ideas for you.

Again welcome to our little group. We laugh....cry....get goofy and have tantrums but we do understand one another quite well and I hope you will feel like a part of our family. :-)

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   Posted 2/1/2009 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bruce and welcome!!

What an awful problem. Sleep is the one thing you really do need. Many people with fibromyalgia, which I have, have this same problem. You can get to sleep but keep waking up.

You might talk to your doc about several solutions...obviously you need to mention the problem to doc in the first One solution might be to take some type of sleep aid like Ambien for a few nights to return you to a regular pattern. Then hopefully the patter will keep going after you stop taking them. Or maybe take them a few times a week. Your doc would know what's best.

Another idea would be to have a sleep study done to see why you aren't sleeping well. They would then have recommendations. Also, if you are groggy and/or sleepy during the day there is something called Provigil that can help with that. I too am on Oxy and percocets and was having problems staying away, especially when driving. Scared me into talking to the doc and now I take Provigil and it makes a huge difference. It's a fairly short acting medication, like 4-5 hours, so it's not going to keep you up all night. I take mine early in the day and it's great. But, if I need a nap in the afternoon it doesn't stop me. I can snooze away and feel rested after about 30-45 minutes.

Hope something I've shared helps. Please keep us posted,
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   Posted 2/1/2009 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
There are also a bunch of threads about natural sleep remedies that some of us use.

My favorites are lavender pillow spray & sometimes passion flower tea. Others swear by chamomile tea. Do a site search & you should find a bunch of suggestions.

Hope you find something that works for you soon!

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   Posted 2/1/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bruce,
I feel your pain, I have no problems falling asleep but wake frequently from discomfort every few hours. I have always been an early riser but for the past 5 years I wake up at 4AM just to relieve the pain and frustration. I take Norco 4 x's a day and Tizanidine at bedtime. I use Homeopathics and have just recently got the Vital Wrap, cold/heat device. If I thought adding more drugs would stop the pain I would do it, but in all honesty I don't think one exists and really feel the side effects outweigh the relief factor.
I'm definitely interested if someone has found something that stops pain totally during the night. I have a Triple fusion of the neck and nerve damage to both legs. I have purchased so many pillows thinking "this one will work", have a Tempurpedic topper which is very comfortable.....again everything works for a short time and then its back to the toss and turn!
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