Have you tried ambien or lunesta ?

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Caldonia Sun
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   Posted 6/2/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried ambien or lunesta? They work for me. My LLMD told me getting a good night's sleep is one of the most important things I can do to fight lyme.

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   Posted 6/2/2010 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't tried either, but getting a good night's sleep is very important. It helps your body and muscles recover. That's why we feel so terrible when we don't sleep well. Magnesium Citrate is also good to take to help with sleep.
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   Posted 6/2/2010 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Caldonia Sun said...
Have you tried ambien or lunesta? They work for me. My LLMD told me getting a good night's sleep is one of the most important things I can do to fight lyme.

Was this directed at me? I have tried both, and neither have worked for me. My insomnia has been one of my biggest problems since the very beginning of my infection. There is a direct correlation between my sleep and my health. The more sleep I lose, either because of the insomnia or from not getting enough sleep because I'm too busy, the sicker I become.

My sleep issues are a big topic by themselves. I may start a new discussion on that to see if anyone else is having the same problems.

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   Posted 6/3/2010 1:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Lunesta made everything taste metallic.... like tin foil. But, Ambien has worked well for me. I've also taken Restoril, but need at least 30 mgs.

Other than a few vivid dreams (much more in the beginning), I haven't had any problems or any 'dependcy' problems with any of these meds..... which is a big help to me.
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   Posted 6/3/2010 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   

I agree, the sleep is imperative.  Missing one hour can make a world of difference in my pain for the day.  I take a cocktail every night of 1500mg magnesium citrate, 1 Benadryl, 1 Nexium and 1 flexaril.  The Flexaril was prescribed for my Fibromyalgia DX and is really helpful.  I have read some studies of late that are referring to Fibro as a sleep disorder and I have to say that it makes sense to me.  My Fibro symptoms (a.k.a. my Lyme disease) are much worse when I don't sleep well.  Multiple days of not sleeping well will lead to not functioning well.  I am so protective about my sleep. 

I also sleep with a mask - any source of light can stop your body's production of melatonin and cause you to stay awake, ear plugs, and a sugar free Ricola cough drop for the dry mouth.  It is quite a production when I go to bed, LOL.

DX in 1994 - SLE, myositis, firomyalgia, sjorgens, raynaud's, elevated ANA, lymphadenopathy.
Postive IgG and IgM 2009.  Daughter and son also have Lyme. 

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   Posted 6/3/2010 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I think that I've tried Flexaril too, even though I don't have Fibromyalgia. It didn't help me. I've also tried Benadryl. Antihistamines used to knock me out cold before getting infected, but now, they don't. In fact, I used to be a "light weight" when it came to anything that made me drowsy, but now, nothing puts me to sleep.
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