Any healthy remedies for sleep?

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   Posted 5/24/2010 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just diagnosed with fibro and hip bursitis (dont know what hurts worse) there ANY healthy remedies out there for a good nites sleep? UGH! Thats all i want is sleeeeep.....without the burning pain, shooting pain, bursitis regular doctor has me on 100 mg of Amytriptyline which is extremely hard on my bowels and does not make me sleep. I am using a patch for my inflammation in my hip (bursitis) and the rheumatologist has not given me anything yet for the fibro. This has been going on since Sept 2009 and i am just now being diagnosed. Thanks !

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   Posted 5/24/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
We use unisom with my daughter and it helps here. Also some ibuprofren with a benadryl helps my daughter sleep and helps with the pain.

Sorry you have been diagnosed with FM and bursitis. I have had bursitis in my hips too and it is very painful. I got a cortizone shot for mine and it helped instantly.

I hope that you get some sleep tonight.
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   Posted 5/24/2010 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sheila...I also take citalopram for my nerves in the morning...they really helped with the panic/anxiety attacks. And yes, the bursitis is very Reumatologist has me on the patches directly over my hip pain but it really doesnt help..when i go back in a couple weeks I will get the Cortizone shot and pray it doesnt come back! Glad your daughter is getting some relief for the pain!

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   Posted 5/24/2010 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Notluvinit,

Welcome to the fibromyalgia forum!!! I am so glad that you have found us.

I take ambien for sleep, but have also used melatonin, sleepy time tea and meditation for sleep. But the ambien gives me much more of a restoritive sleep. Though the meditation helps to get to sleep.

I also do something wierd that really does work. If I am having trouble falling asleep. I force myself to hold my eyes open. Kind of a reverse psychology thing. Before I know it, my eyes are shutting and I am off to dream land.

Have you checked out the fibro101 thread. It is the second thread on the main page. I think you will find it very helpful. It will answer a lot of question that you may have. And of course post your questions. We are here to help and support you.

Best wishes for a painfree day.

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   Posted 5/24/2010 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I had bursitis in my shoulder a couple of times and had physical therapy plus meds. The physical therapy always helped me alot. I hope you get some relief. they should be able to give you something for the inflammation. I have RA and I know that sometimes the internal pain and inflammation just won't let you sleep. Good luck and feel better soon.


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   Posted 5/24/2010 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I take Lunesta for sleep. It def helps, although I still don't necessarily get restorative sleep. But before, I would lay awake all night. So it's an improvement. Talk to your dr, see what they suggest. I found the otc things didn't work so well for me, but they might for you. Good luck!
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   Posted 5/24/2010 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
My goal is to get off the Amytriptaline....I didnt mention, I am taking Flexeral also with the sister said I should be knocked out! It is the pain and muscle spasms that wont let me sleep...I will definately talk to both of my doctors on this pain and sleep issues...I have the "I think I can" saying in my mind but sometimes its a slow train lol...Thank you all for you input! Going to check out the fibro 101 thread! Hugs!

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   Posted 5/24/2010 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Trazodone for sleep, and I also take flexeril at nighttime. My quality of sleep has improved a great deal. I used to be able to fall asleep without difficulty, but would wake in the middle of the night, often in a sweat. I would then either lay awke, or doze, never getting into a restorative state of sleep. Now, with the trazodone, I am usually sound asleep about 30 minutes after taking it. I seldom wake up at all during the night, or if I do, I am able to go back to sleep without difficulty. I noticed a difference immediately in my ability to deal with pain right away.

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   Posted 5/25/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I do take the flexeril at nite, I also take 1 amytriptyline ...I also lay there for quite awhile before I go to sleep...I have alot of muscle spasms and my legs and arms have the burning sensation..this keeps me awake along with the pain. I have not been given any meds for my fibro..i go back to the Reumatologist next month so I will discuss what my options are. Hugs

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   Posted 5/25/2010 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Try some Chamomile tea ... Celestial Seasonings makes one called Sleepy Time with a splash of milk.

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   Posted 5/25/2010 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I am severely allergic to all prescription meds used for aiding in sleep, but a couple years ago I was told by a friend to try using a supplement called melatonin which is used in aiding sleep. It is very helpful for me and quite affordable. They are incredibly safe with pretty much no side-effects. I take between two and three 3mg pills each night and it does the trick, but I am 6'3" and 195 pounds. So, if you are a relatively small person then I would start out with just one at night and go from there.
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