I am going thru a bout of severe insommnia - I've managed about 4 hours of sleep total in the last 3 days - and that's after taking sleeping pills. I've tried all my usual tricks - lavender on my pillow, warm milk, deep breathing, total muscle relaxation (HA!), listening to meditative music...nothing has worked.
Part of the problem is the awful hot flashes I'm going thru because of the Cymbalta and Tramacet (and Oxycontin I would guess). They are complete body flushes from head to toe, and I end up dripping wet. I'm getting them probably 7 or 8 times a night (and more frequently during the day). I'm reluctant to stop the drugs though, as I'm getting good pain relief finally. I keep a cold pack by the bed when they happen, and then when they're done, I get the chills - and the cycle repeats itself throughout the night.
So....other than what I've tried so far, does anyone have any other ideas or suggestions? I see my doctor in early March and I'll ask her as well, but I'm hoping some of you might have ideas I can try.
Thanks in advance!
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, FAI, Reynauds, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (Surgical Menopause and drug related), plus physically unable to vomit due to Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins...a joy for blood work or IV's)
Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT
Medications: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Nortriptyline
Other: Vitamin D, Multi-Vitamin