I don't know what to do. I'm on 15 mgs amitriptyline right now, my doctor is raising my dose very slowly. I just started the extra 5 mgs a week ago, b/c at the last visit I was complaining of not sleepign well again. I'm sure I get more sleep than many of you do, so I guess I shoudln't complain... anyway. When he first increased my dose, my headaches went away. This last increase, even more of my facial pain went away; it used to be in the background since startign the drug, now I hardly feel it. The strange thing is, durign the day I usually feel pretty good. Today I hurt in the upper chest and back, but I know that was from putting up Christmas decorations yesterday. But at night, I wake up from pain and aches, I'm always rolling over, I wake at the slightest noise, or when i am sleepign, I'm always dreaming, or I feel liek I'm only dozing. My doctor told me I coudl raise my dose to 20 mgs, but I am already having a hard time getting up in the morning. I take my dose around 9PM, so I'm good and tired by the time I go to bed about 11PM. Shoudl I take it even earlier? But I don't want to crash too early, evening is my only down time. Also, when I work, I sometimes don't get home until past midnight. Those days I take my dose just before I leave work,a s it takes me 1/2 hour to drive home. I'm scared to take it earlier than that b/c of the driving. How do you figure out when the benefits outweight the negatives? I don't know if I shoudl raise it again. Woudl I get a better sleep? Will I be able to get up in the morning? Will it help with the nighttime aches?
Well, now I'm off to take dd to play in the snow. If I can only figure out a way for her to keep her mitts on, before she loses a finger to frostbite ;)
It's been nice catching up! (((HUGS)))
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline