I am really tired!!

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   Posted 3/25/2009 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a chronic pain illness! I'm 16 years old and I have a lot of trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. But I have been getting better. Lately, tho, I can't get to sleep at all.

My doctor won't give me any sleeping pills which I somewhat understand. He said Tylenol PM would work fine but it's just not making me that tired. My mom got me something called Melatonin. It works really well but for the past few nights, I'm like not tired at all. I've been accepted into this program for my chronic illness that wants me off all medications so I'm not even supposed to be taking anything.

I have some type of virus/cold so it's making me feel more sick then usual. I don't know what to do to get some sleep. I'm really tired so if anyone has any tips or suggestion or anything, I'm all ears! Thanks :)


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   Posted 3/26/2009 1:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there. I am happy to meet you but sad fro the reason. I have trouble sleeping too and I'm trying to find ways to deal with it just like you are. I am really sorry to hear that you are having problems at such a young age. I really feel for you. Have you tried any of the sleepy time teas? Those used to help me relax and often helped. I'm sure you will get to meet others here that will have much better advice than I do. I wish you the best!

Motorcycle wreck 08/2004: 119 fx, 13 surgeries with more to go, including 5 bone grafts, 2 skin grafts, pelvic reconstruction x2. Right leg is 1.5" shorter than left. Have to wear knee brace for life and also AFO brace for drop foot. Nerve damage from hip down to toes, nerve pain in lower leg. Spinal fusion. Will be on crutches the rest of my life. Pain level never below 5 even on pain meds. Since August 2007 I have been diagnosed with chronic atelactesis, tachycardia, high blood pressure, borderline personality disorder, depression and Delayed sleep phase syndrome

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   Posted 3/26/2009 2:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Michaela, welcome to this wonderful forum. You will find many of us that deal with chrionic pain have difficulty sleeping. You state that you have been accepted into a program that apparently deals with your chronic pain illness. How long until the program starts? Many of us wish we had a magical cure for sleeplessness but the best we do sometimes is wait until we are exhausted enough to basically pass out. I hope the program that you are getting into starts soon and that you find something that works well for you.

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   Posted 3/26/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
There is not much that can be done about it, and taking sleeping meds certainly isn't the answer in the long run, it'll only make your life even more miserable in the end. One of the things you can do, but this may require some practice, is just lying down, without sleep and trying to relax. It's not the same as sleep of course, but at least your muscles will be able to relax and you'll get some rest. I know this is basically annoying just lying there, but it might be some form of relief. In any case, you'll feel better once your cold subsides.

Take care.
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   Posted 3/26/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
It is sad to see someone as young as you suffer so...
Somebody already said tea (such as chamomile, or mint) but warm milk has been shown to be effective.
I know these are just bandaids...here's hoping you find treatment for what ails you....
"The earth laughs in flowers"

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   Posted 3/26/2009 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michaela,

I'm so sorry to hear about all your problems! Not sleeping is tough! Like fatherjohn said, many of us CPer's, me included, hardly sleep. I am so chronically sleep deprived that I constantly feel like a walking zombie. I'm lucky if I get 3 hrs of sleep a night. I never get more than 5 hrs. It's awful. If you do a search through HW, you should be able to find a lot of older threads on sleeping difficulties. People have posted a lot of "home sleep remedies" on them - everything from Morgoth's quiet resting, to undone's chamomile tea & more. I like lavender. I find that while it doesn't necessarily help me to sleep, it helps me to relax. I burn lavender essential oil in my aromatherapy lamp & also have a "soul support" lavender bed spray. I have tried many different prescription & herbal medications without much luck, but some of the natural alternatives, like melatonin & valerian root, might be worth trying (although I know that you mentioned that you have to be off all meds for your new program). Another possibility is alternative medicine, such as acupuncture or homeopathy. These modalities can be used to help with both your pain & your sleep. While they don't help everyone, if you can afford it, and are willing to try it, it's definitely worthwhile - certainly can't hurt! I've personally found acupuncture to be somewhat helpful for both my sleep & my pain, although the effects are very short lived for me. Good luck! I hope you can find some way to get a good night's sleep!


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   Posted 3/27/2009 2:24 AM (GMT -6)   
My 11 year old son deals with chronic insomnia and I was at my witts end. His doctor's suggested melatonin in regular pill form and it worked a little for about a month and then it stopped working. I had my Mother-in-law visit from Montana where homeopathy is very popular and she had Melatonin that you take sublingually (you let it dissolve under the tongue), and it has worked fantastically. He has been using it since last October and it continues to work great. Occasionally, he will have to take 2 but that is rare.

I have been dealing the insomnia since I was a child, but now it is complicated by chronic pain. I do hope that you get relief soon.

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   Posted 3/27/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
There are also relaxation cd's, try one till you find one that might help, I'd try a few things
maybe all together they'd work, the melatonin with a good relaxation cd, a heating pad set on low,
along with what Morgoth said...The more upset you get by not being able to sleep won't help, and we've
all had the bad nights, I just hope you have more good night's..It's hard to be young and in a lot of
pain, hopefully this new program will help you, keep us posted...
Lots of HUGZ and well wishes....
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