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.