Sleep problems/Insomnia

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Ash83
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   Posted 1/21/2008 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anybody experienced sleep difficulty since their surgery? If so, have you taken medication for it?
 

Slice
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   Posted 1/22/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
My sleep issues started before my surgery. Mainly because i had to get up like three time during the night just to go to the bathroom. But the prednisone and other meds i was on at the time didn't help.  It got to the point where i was probably getting about 2 hours of sleep a night, so it started taking it's toll. After the surgery i probably got more sleep, but still had problems. I finally went to my PCP and he put me on Ambien. Now, don't get me wrong, i really never wanted to be on any more pills or whatever, but it was to the point where i needed something to help me relax and sleep.  The Ambien worked great, it helps my mind just relax and i'm able to sleep. I'm probably addicted to it, because i do use it almost every night. But the way i look at it now, there are PLENTY of other things my body could still be addicted to, like prednisone, which was the worst when i was on it and just as bad trying to come off it.
  I do take it and don't have any problems with it.   smurf   zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
 
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Amey
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   Posted 1/22/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Ash,

I have had sleep problems since my sugery. I take 1/2 grain of Melatonin every night. I bought the 1 grain tablets at the health store and cut them in 1/2. If I do not take this an hour before bed, I will stay away until 2am or later. I always take is around 8:30 at night so I can get to sleep by 10pm. Works Great and it is the natural hormone your body produces anyway! You can also get this at CVS, Wal Mart, and Target.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
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candyland
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   Posted 1/22/2008 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a lot of trouble sleeping after surgery and my doctor prescribed Ambien.  I was a little nervous about taking it, but I cut them in half and it worked just fine.  I still have a bunch left b/c I didn't seem to need them all the time.  Like Slice, it had been so many years since I had slept without getting up anywhere between 3 and 6 times a night, I think my body just needed a reminder as to how to sleep again.  My husband likes Ambien too much - I have to hide them from him! nono

headphones
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   Posted 1/22/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
i had difficulty sleeping after my surgery for the first month and a half or so. the ambien didn't work for me, it would help me fall asleep but i would wake up an hour or so later wide awake. i hate having to take extra meds being pregnant, but was only getting about an hour or two a night and feeling miserable. what worked for me was surprisingly, tylenol pm. i used it for a while and don't need it anymore. just thought it would be worth a try before going for a prescription. good luck, it sucks to not be able to sleep and i think it just ends up affecting everything.
headphones
29 yr. old female
diagnosed with pancolitis uc 7/05
emergency ileostomy 11/07

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pregnant~ due in march


headphones
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   Posted 1/22/2008 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
hope it works for you too! oh, also i'm sure you've heard all this but other tips: avoid sugar/sweets at night as well as huge meals, read before bed instead of tv, don't work out too late during the afternoon/evening. can you take baths yet? a warm bath with lavender oil is pretty relaxing. dim the lights a while before going to bed, bright lights can stimulate you i guess. that's all i got for now, i'll let you know if i think of anything else!
headphones
29 yr. old female
diagnosed with pancolitis uc 7/05
emergency ileostomy 11/07

vitamins, TPN
pregnant~ due in march


Amey
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   Posted 1/22/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I forgot about Tylenol PM. I took it a couple of times. You may want to take it early (8pm or so) so you are not drowsy in the morning.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot

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