and welcome to our little part of the world! And, another MT! I'm not sure how much longer I will be doing this either...I'm finding it more and more difficult...just too painful to sit for any length of time...well....as you so well know...
Thank you for your information. I feel as if I could have written it, not that I take the same meds, just the whole history of sleep or lack of it.
I am off the Ambien, thankfully. I haven't taken one in over a week. I am just taking one Flexeril and one Ativan (Lorazepam 0.5) and for five nights, it took me hours to fall asleep. Last night was the first night I went to bed and fell asleep. I don't remember lying there at all! Amazing! and I stayed asleep for SIX HOURS...I can't tell you how much better I feel today...
And yes, do I know about
the binge eating from the Ambien. I can't tell you how many years I felt so much shame in that, thinking it was just me. I couldn't stop myself to save my soul. There were times I had aleady gone to bed and fell asleep, woke up within a half hour got out of bed, got dressed and went down to eat...Since stopping Ambien, there has not been one night of that, not one. I don't even think about
it. I know the medication is right for some, but certainly not for me and I am so thankful I was able to walk away from it.
I am seeing a psychologist and she suggested that I make my bedroom my "sanctuary"...fill it with things that calm me...whether it's music, or books to read, a little waterfall, etc. I use a fan for white noise. I also moved out of my bedroom that I have shared with my husband for 30 years. His snoring is incredibly LOUD and I've tried everything to muffle the sound - iPod, etc...nothing worked. THIS IS WORKING! I know he feels bad, but you know, sometimes you just have to put yourself first, which is a problem for many of us.
Okay, I've rambled enough...again thank you for sharing your story...thank you so much and I'm so happy for you that you were able to free yourself from Ambien...
Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.