need opinion on sleep meds

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   Posted 7/23/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
hiya----it's  me again.  goin to psychiatrist in a bit; pm told me to talk to her about providing me w/ a sleep med.  any recommendations???  i need something that i can take w/ my current "pharmacy" of:  kadian, vicodin, adderall, xanax prn, and lexapro; altho the lexapro will maybe change??

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   Posted 7/23/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi hurting...

Hope things go well for you. I've had Ambien and did well. Only problem with sleep meds is if I am out for more than 2 hours the pain is so intense I can barely get up and move. We each have to find what works best for us. Try and see how you do.

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   Posted 7/30/2008 4:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi hurting,

You might try getting an appointment with a sleep specialist. I was told by a sleep specialist that FMS sufferers have a weird sleep pattern that causes us to have alpha and delta waves at the same time. We sleep but we don't know we are sleeping because the delta waves are only supposed to be working when we are awake. Then we wake up more tired than before and say we had no sleep at all. My husband says I have conversations in my sleep with no one. Yet when I get up I am sure I have not slept. It is a viscious cycle. I have tried all the sleep meds and have not found any to work well. I usually take a very warm bath before bed to help me sleep. I also make sure I do not have a list of things I need to do, because all I will do is lay there and think about what I need to do. Then I have to get up and do those things before I can sleep. I also sleep with ear plugs so that I can not hear each little thing that will wake me up when I do sleep. It helps me some, nothing works all the time. Maybe a sleep specialist could help. Just a thought. I just go by the credo Tomorrow is another day, and it might be better. Always looking ahead. Like all of us just suggestions from our expreriences, you have to find what works for you. Best of luck

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   Posted 7/30/2008 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   

I have had great success with Trazadone for the last couple years. (10 mg) I NEVER have trouble getting to sleep when I use the trazadone. If I forget to take it I can not get to sleep, so needless to say I take it every night.

Trazadone is an anti depressment that helps you sleep.

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