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Unread 08-10-2004, 01:46 PM

Is it just my name but am i the only one that has trouble sleeping at night or are ther others? Why would this surgery cause this???

Any comments would be greatly appreciated
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Unread 08-10-2004, 01:54 PM

Ohhh, you're not alone. I haven't slept for 8 straight nights. It could be hormonal or you're just not in your regular routine. Are you napping during the day? I have an appointment with my gyn today. Hope to find out something. I'll let you know. Good luck and hope you catch some Zs real soon. (Me too)

Unread 08-10-2004, 02:48 PM

Not just you. I am 5 weeks post op on Thurs and the insomnia just got really bad the past 2 weeks. I had a 4 week appt. last week and the doctor said that this is quite common after major surgery.
I have been taking tylenol PM at bedtime for the past 2 nights and it has really worked! Before that, I hadn't slept more than an hour a night for 5 days...I was losing it!

Hang in there!
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Unread 08-11-2004, 02:50 AM

I can't sleep either. I feel like I'm going crazy! I stay awake until 4 or 5 in the morning, and then drag around all the next day. I don't take naps... but when I go to bed, I feel "nervous". I don't get it. It's almost 1:00a.m. now, and I feel wide awake... even tho' my body feels exhausted. I've tried tylenol pm, and a glass of wine, but nothing works. My doctor says he doesn't know why I can't sleep. I can totally sympathize with you.

(LSH 7/9/04 kept one ovary, for fibroids and bleeding)
Unread 08-11-2004, 06:08 AM

My surgery was 7/19 and I also have been having the hardest time sleeping. My doc said it is very normal and gave me ambien to try. It works like a charm and I sleep a good 6 hours with it.
I try to go to sleep without it first and then when I can't, i take it.
The last 2 nights I did not need it and slept a little without it. I hate taking things for sleep but I think it is imperative to rest to help the healing process.

Good Luck with this and get some rest!
TAH (kept ovaries) 7/19
Unread 08-11-2004, 06:31 AM

At age 35 I started to sleep, or should I say not sleep the way I use Anyway that went on for years of just sleeping for 3 to 4 hours a night for years.And than at age 48 I had a complete hyst 2 and a half years ago and still could not get the sleep I needed and I just asked the dr for something so I was given ambien 10 and at least I got 6 hours sleep. But than you can't stay on them forever so I stoped taking them. I am 51 now... and still just able to get sleep of 4 to 5 hours a night. Sometimes I feel as though 8 hours would be lovely to get... and than I say if I need it I will sleep. I think it is the changes in our body that does it and all the pressures on our familys... either way it would be nice to get a good 8 hours of sleep...
Unread 08-11-2004, 08:29 AM

Same problem with me also. I would lay down but couldnt relax my whole body was so tense. The prescribed my anatripalyn (sp) and now i can sleep at night!!
Unread 08-11-2004, 08:56 AM

I am 4 months post op. I have gone through these sleepless nights too. This is very common and it does get better.

My dr prescribed desyrel as a sleeping pill which helped.

If hot flashes are interrupting your sleep, make sure to take your Vitamin E - up to 400 IU per day. I also take a calcium supplement and evening primrose. Everyone will tell you different vitamins, but Vitamin E is a definite recommendation (the jury is out on the other pills.)

I tried to stop my hrt thinking I could do menopause without it, wrong wrong wrong. So now I am back to hot flashes and sleepless nights.

Recently I began exercising at the gym again --- it REALLY makes a difference.

The reason for lack of sleep is lack of estrogen. I read in one of my books that it is one of the contributing factors to sleep regulation. As we grow older, (even without a hysterectomy,) we sleep less (notice older people seem to get up early, need less sleep?) Apparently it's because of declining levels of hormones.

Good luck ladies...Anna
Unread 08-11-2004, 09:40 AM

I too can't sleep. I wake up around 3:00 AM.
I don't nap during the day because I want to sleep at night.
This morning I was up at 3 again, walked around the house a little. Went back to bed and slept until 6:00 AM.
Oh well, I am able to get my computer time in before the kids wake up.
Unread 08-11-2004, 12:08 PM

I had it for 1.5 weeks following my surgery. It's just awful. I think it's all post-trauma, drugs, anesthesia, pain, gas. It's a cocktail for imsomnia for sure, and it too, shall pass!



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