Hi I am nini53/Kathy, I have been a chronic pain sufferer for many years. I am pretty sure I am not the only person who has trouble getting to sleep but staying asleep. Sometimes I cant sleep due to the pain, sometimes I cannot sleep because my mind is going round in circles, did I pay this bill, what can I do about whatever problem that has come up on that day. Sometimes it is a combination of both.
Some nights I can get to sleep only to be awakened by pain, in my back, legs and sometimes lately fingers. I have taken otc sleep medicines, and although they sometimes work, they to dont keep me asleep. Although I dont believe otc sleep aids are not physically habit forming, (I can only speak for myself) they can certainly become a habit taking night after night, until at some point they no longer work.
I have at some time taken prescription sleep medicine, I dont want to take them every night, as I certainly dont want an addiction to prescription sleep meds. Also, I had a very bad experience with one of the prescription sleep meds and landed in the psyc. ward at the local hospital er. It is something my daughters and I laugh at now, there is nothing funny about what happened. I took 3 of these prescription meds and the next thing I remember was waking up in the er in full body restraints, I had no idea how I got there, I have no memory of the evening before. I have been told by my daughters that I was walking around with a blanket, crooning and cooing to what I guess I thought was a baby. The police came, they asked my how old I was, at that time I was 49, my girls said I told the police I was 28. I was 28 when I had my oldest daughter.
Needless to say, I never took another prescription sleep medicine again. And I never will. I have tried different ways, listening to tapes, books sometimes, sometimes gentle water sounds, various tapes or I guess I should say cds, sometimes they work, sometimes they dont. I guess you can tell tonight or I should say this morning, nothing is working.
Well as usual I have written a novel, so its time for me to go back to playing solitare, the only game in town, sometimes. Take care all and thanks for being here always.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson