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   Posted 2/13/2012 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Right now i am soooo sleepy. Its 7:30ish and i have to be up to get the kids out to school, but after that i'll be right back to bed for the one extra hour before i have to prepare for my chiropracter appt. If i have no pressing concerns i could sleep to noon, and sometimes do when my husband gets the kids up for school.
It seems to me that i sleep am awlful lot lately. The inflammation level in my joints (all of them) is up, and i am moving on to biologics, so i have been going off of plaquinal, its been out of my system now for weeks. I know that sleepiness is a symptom if inflammation, but i also use it regularly to cope with pain.
if my pain is more than i cane sanely handle i take sleeping meds to put myself out. (With the help of my nurse husband, so its not like i just injest a bottle on my own.) Between my loopy vicodin, ambian, and sometimes melitonin i can sometimes get 6 hours of good escape. I also use cld, dark room, white noise and heated blankets.
My doctors have been great to give the tools to have regular good nights of sleep. A good daily supply of ambien at a good heavy dose, the ok for meletonin if needed, and the ok to take extra sleep if needed. Because i am also bipolar sleep is a big issue. 1-2 bad nights of sleep can send me into a spiral that can take months to settle out of and if it goes down it can even be deadly

I also use books to escape into, do get out of my current reality. It can be great when in the mid-grade med/pain level. When i look up from the story, i never really escaped the pain, but i still feel like i got a breake from it.
except from really bad times, the most of my problem is that i always have the mid-range pain that necer ends. Unless i am activly escaping it is ALWAYS there, under everything. Sometimes it moves, but it is always constant.
WAIT- the kids are leaviing for school. BACK TO SLEEP!
"Life seems a little easier when you remember to breathe"

Dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis 2008
Bipolar 2 2006 (symptoms since 1993)
Fibromialgia 2010
Gluten senitivity 2010
Sleep apneia 2007

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   Posted 2/13/2012 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
One of my favorite things ever since my last surgery is using Audible...which are audio books downloaded to my computer/phone/tablet...

I LOVE IT!!!! :)

With my neck...holding a book...even a just too arms go numb...and my neck can't move as much due to the fusion/metal cage so trying to read the book is difficult...

The best part is so many books...especially autobiographies are with the own person's voice...

The other great part is that I can have the lights off and easily drift off to sleep...Audible books have a timer so you can have it shut off at 15 min, 30 min....etc....

This way I don't have a bright light glaring down and having to lug books around as I now get through 2 books a week at least!...

I absolutely love feeling like I get a bedtime story!! And's great to get lost in a story and take our mind off our pain..

Also...since it simultaneously downloads on my phone...I can listen (with headphones) when I wait at the Dr.s office...or in line anywhere.....and especially when I walk my dog each day...

Ok...can you tell I love it!! LOL...

Christina...have you had a regular check up with the Dr. to make sure you aren't low on Vitamin D or B...or anything else going on to be so exhausted?

I really feel for you as when the pain is's hard to sleep...and then it makes the pain worse the next day....

Before I started taking Ambien after my last surgery...Literally for years and years I never got good night's sleep...I always felt exhausted....and many Dr.s now are attributing Fibromyalgia to lack of stage 4 sleep....

I have to say that has been a Godsend for me...I know you say you use well as others have trouble with this type of medicine as there needs to be care with the side effects....

But maybe if you go back to the can find a better solution to get a better night's sleep...I think it's as crucial as anything else we do to help our pain...

Also...there are now anti inflammation diets which just eliminate things that cause's not really a "diet" to lose weight....just watches out for certian foods...

I went all Organic over a year ago and that made a BIG difference in my fatigue levels and joint pain...

Ok...sorry for rambling....Just wanted to say hi and share some thoughts...
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   Posted 2/13/2012 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I am an avid reader and I switched to a kindle about eighteen months ago. I'm surprised by how much I prefer it over regular books -- one factor that gives it an advantage is that I don't have to move anything but my thumb. Once I'm in a comfortable position in bed, I don't have to move my arms or do anything to change the pages except press the button right where I'm already holding the device. This makes reading much easier when I'm in pain. Also, there are times where I'm reading a huge book, such as a 1000 page monstrosity and the heft of such a volume also is avoided with an e-reader.

Right now, I'm struggling to find my next book. I spent the past few months reading F. Paul Wilson, about 8 or 9 of his books in a row, including his "Adversary" series. I have a few others on my kindle, but haven't really gotten into any yet.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg daily, breakthrough - hydrocodone 10-15mg, or oxycodone 5-7.5mg. .25-.5mg ativan as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray

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   Posted 2/13/2012 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I use my nook.
"Life seems a little easier when you remember to breathe"

Dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis 2008
Bipolar 2 2006 (symptoms since 1993)
Fibromialgia 2010
Gluten senitivity 2010
Sleep apneia 2007

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   Posted 2/13/2012 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I got a Kindle from my soon to be son-in-law for xmas, and its my favorite present, I to can download books and put my headphones in and just have someone (whoever is the narrator for whatever book) and just listen until I fall alseep.  Its better than any pill I have ever used.  I love it.  I never get beyond the 1st chapter, so the next night I start at the second chapter, or sometimes the last part of the first chapter.  I have never gotten so much good sleep, even when I wake up in the middle of the night, I just plug back in and off I go.
Take care,
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
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