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Unread 09-09-2004, 04:44 PM

Hello ladies,

Anyone else out there have trouble with sleep since surgery?? I am 7 weeks post op and back to work this week. I have never had any trouble sleeping until now. It takes me at least an hour after the rest of the house goes to bed to fall asleep and even then it's toss and turn and wake up and dream etc.............. I cant' say I wake up feeling like crap but this is driving me nuts.

Before surgery i was lethargic and always sleepy now I get nervous when it's time to hit the hay...

I should add i am not taking any HRT, I do take 100mg of Zoloft for a number of years.

Any help for me????
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Unread 09-09-2004, 05:21 PM


Is there a reason why you are not taking any HRT? Lack of estrogen, and/or lack of progesterone can cause sleep disorders/insomnia.

Have you tried any over the counter sleep remedies to see if that helps? Here is an interesting link regarding "Ovaltine". It seems to help some if they drink it before bedtime. You might give that try---

"Ovaltine, the chocolate drink..for insomnia"

The impact of surgery and hormonal upheaval takes time to recover from, and sleep difficulties are not uncommon at all during this time. Do discuss with your doctor what your options are in getting back to normal sleep patterns, whether it be trying some HRT, or perhaps a mild sleep aid to help get you back on track.

Sending 's
Unread 09-09-2004, 09:05 PM

I am also 7 weeks and I have terrible insomnia as well ever since my surgery. I could not fall asleep for 2 or 3 hours every nite. I am on HRt also and my doctor just changed it to a patch that also contains progesterone so am hoping that will work better. In the meantime I have been taking the sleep aid Ambien which puts you to sleep within about 15 or so minutes after you take it. It does not cause tiredness in the AM but you need at least 7 to 8 hours each nite. This has been my saving grace as I work in the AM and have to get a good nite's sleep.

Tanya, 7/20/04 TVH
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Unread 09-10-2004, 07:31 PM

I just began taking one regular Benadryl at night before bed. It has the same ingrediant as sominex etc... It works so far. I've had insomnia since before surgery a year ago. With HRT and without......ugh.....
Unread 09-11-2004, 08:55 AM


I also had insomnia and my doctor told me to try melatonin.

It is a hormone we produce naturally that regulates our sleep patterns. He said when we get unbalanced due to a hyster our melatonin levels go hay wire also.

I took a 3 mg. tablet at bedtime for a couple of months and that seemed to do the trick for me. You can get it at any pharmacy or wal-mart etc:
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