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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 9/8/2006 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
sad  I can't sleep at night. I take Ambien, tried Lunest and Ativan.(now take ativan every night) I also am on Nortriptyline, verapamil, keppra. I usually fall asleep between 4-6am, then I want to sleep all day. I've been on Ambien for like 2 years. I feel I have a tolerance for it. sometimes(i know its wrong) I take 2 and may fall asleep around 2 or so. and for a migraine sufferer, bad sleep patterns are BAD, only cause more HA. I don't know what else to do. any suggestions??

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Date Joined Nov 2005
Total Posts : 751
   Posted 9/8/2006 4:37 AM (GMT -6)   
sorry i am with you i take xanax i mg it didnt help me tonight as i am in a severe anxeirty attack b/c of my sallie mae loans coming due and forbearances running out, they are gonna take anything away from me, i applied for TPD from ym doc but they keep on making excuses for dening it.....so i am getting ready to pull alll my money into cash and put itin mason jar and close out some accoutns
9-02 crash w/ C-5-6-7 anterior/posterior fusion in neck w/11 screws and 4 metal plates. multilevel HNP at T & L section. FMS, PA in dec 05. on SSDI after 2.5 yr wait. sezuires, CTS, IBS ( C & D). norco, xanax, predisone shots. i dont know what else is wrong with me and neither does anyone else!!!

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 17
   Posted 9/8/2006 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   

I am sorry your not feeling well.  I used to have some major sleeping issues with my depression and the anti depressants I was on weren't helpling.  I would take a sleeping pill occasionally and feel so tired the next day. Finally I got so fed up with the meds that I had to look for something else.  I went to a CN who does amino acid therapy and she tested my neurotransmitters through a urine test.  I was able to see all my levels and she recommeneded natural amino acid supplements.  I began to feel much better after about a week and was sleeping better.  There are natural options out there that acutally help you like magnesium and taurnie.  But ask your practitoner.  I had a tolerence for the drugs just like you and this amino acid program really helped me get off them  and feel much better.

I hope that you find a treatment that works!


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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 9/9/2006 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Annie - I agree - I think sleeping pills help some people I am sure but long term they scare me - I want to find out why and try to fix the problem. I am also scared of feeling like I cannot do without sleeping pills - heaven knows I am on enough medications already.
When I feel like I cant sleep - I just get up and start doing some of my days chores and find stuff to do till I feel tired enough to sleep - average about 4 hours on good nights ! It started after my marriage broke up and has never really fixed itself. Now I just think of it as extra hours in my day so read, do the laundry, answer email and try to be productive during this time !
Angmichelle - I hope you find something that works for you !
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