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   Posted 1/17/2010 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried this to help you have a natural sleep at night? Your body produces a certain amount. I am weaning off my sleeping pill. I started the Melatonin Thurs night and i certainly noticed a change in my sleep last night. It is a natural product and helps you have your normal sleep. It can be bought otc, no script. i bought mine at Walmart but you can also get it at pharmacies or health food stores. So if you are on a sleeping pill but still don't sleep great or take no meds and don't sleep great I would definitely recommend Melatonin. Google it if you want more info.

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   Posted 1/17/2010 1:00 AM (GMT -6)   
We use melatonin here and it works fact, one of our sons has adhd and he doesn't sleep. His pediatric neurologist suggested it for him and since he has taken it at night, he sleeps so much better. In fact, he feels rested, so the rest of his day is not muddled by his lack of sleep. We used to be up all night, every night until after dawn and sometimes even longer.
Since it is a natural sleep substance found in the body, and after trying many , many other options to try to get him to sleep, we gave in and tried it. He takes a small 3 mg. tablet  and he is asleep in half an hour.
I also take it and it helps me get to sleep as well. But I take a bit more than he does.
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On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
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   Posted 1/17/2010 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Suzane,
        Good evening. It is good to hear from you. *hugg*  I can tell you are excited to try something new to help you sleep. I have never heard of using "melatonin" for sleep. I do however have a few friends with bi polar disorder that use a medicine to help regulate their melatonin... so I am sorry that I cannot offer up any advise reguarding that path of treatment for sleeplessness. But, just run it by your primary care physician before you give it a try and he/she will probably be able to help. I hope you have a good evening and can find some time to relax.



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And sorry I could not travel both
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   Posted 1/17/2010 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Suzanne,

I tried using melatonin as a sleep aid. I think it actually helped a little, but I can't take it because it severely effects the convergence of my eyes. Sure hope it works for you!


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   Posted 1/17/2010 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
It's great. My doctor recommended it to me.

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   Posted 1/18/2010 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
How much melatonin are you taking and do you take every night? Lisa
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   Posted 1/18/2010 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
My family doctor recommended melatonin. I use the extra strength 5 mg. It says take 1 at bedtime on the bottle and that's what I do when I need it. If it seems like I am tired and will be able to get to sleep without it, I don't take it. If I toss and turn I get up and take it. that works for me but I have heard of people who have to take it earlier in the evening for it to work. Just like all our other meds it seems to depend on our individual bodies.
It does say on the bottle to discuss with your doctor so I'm glad he was the one to recommend it.

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   Posted 1/18/2010 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
    Good morning Suzane! I'm so happy that you have found something to help you you need it. You have suffered greatly everyday...and its nice to know that you can get some quality rest when your asleep. Keep plugging along, and hopfully you will get some help with the head pain too. Take care my friend....and you know Deborah and I care deeply for you! :)

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   Posted 1/18/2010 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Melatonin was actually recommended to me for my travels, before all this lovely pain I went to Europe five times, and it was recommended to help me get over jet lag. I never used it, but now I don't really sleep at all so I may give it a try!

Pain Issue: Sub-scapular bursitis, scapular dyskinesia, nerve damage down left arm, shoulder and neck
Treatment: PT, Tens Unit, Tramadol, Flector Patches and a semester off of school!

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” - Lance Armstrong

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   Posted 1/18/2010 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I would say give it a try and if you need to ask your doctor about it first. If it does not help then maybe ask to participate in a sleep study to find the reasons for your sleeping problems, just a thought. Keep us posted.
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