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I Need Sleep!! I Need Sleep!!

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Unread 12-04-2004, 10:32 PM
I Need Sleep!!

I am sorry to complain (again), but I have not be able to sleep much at all since the surgery. Yes, when you are in the castle, the nurses wake you every couple of hours, so I thought, ok, now that I am home I can get some solid sleep! Well, that is not the case. I sleep maybe an hour here and hour there. My primary doc has prescribed ambion, but I still wake up after a couple of hours of sleep. I have had one nite of solid sleep because I drank one shot of yager and took an ambion and also made my husband sleep on the couch because of his snoring, but that was one nite!!!!! I will not drink yager every nite just to get some sleep! Just one time I was able to get some sleep, but I slept all DARN DAY!! I feel guilty to do that because I have kids and I should be spending time with them, but I am so tired and snappy. I have heard from other people that the anesthesia messes up ones sleep, well it has made mine vanished!! I go back to work next week, I don't think I will be able to perform my duties. I can't take it anymore!!! When will this end?
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Unread 12-05-2004, 08:38 AM
I Need Sleep!!

i too could not sleep for 2 weeks ...i am sleeping now but i wake up like every 2 hr ...and fall bake a sleep again ...iwas a mess could not eat my nerves were bad ....it is now alittle over 2 weeks for me ...this is hard for a lot of us thank GOD tha we have this web site ...i wish for you sleep and peace ....Pat
Unread 12-05-2004, 09:39 AM
I Need Sleep!!

Hi Princess

Ambien only helps you fall asleep. It's not the type of sleeping pill that keeps you asleep.

Maybe your Dr. could prescribe something that keeps you asleep.

Also, have you tried going for walks during the day? That REALLY helped me to start getting some sleep.

Stressing about it doesn't seem to help either! Believe me, I know. Also, you will probably start sleeping more after you return to work. I started back 5 weeks post-op and was so tired at night that I wiould come home and not even want to eat. I'd take a bath and go to sleep 2 or 3 hours earlier than before.

Hang in there. It will get better! I promise!
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Unread 12-05-2004, 06:05 PM
I Need Sleep!!


I totally agree with what the other sisters said.

Maybe you can ask your doc. about a medicaton that will help you stay asleep. Atleast for a little while.

I am sure the stress of going back to work isn't helping.
Are you really stressed about going back? Are you feeling like maybe it is too soon?

Does pain keep you awake?

Sorry you are having a hard time sleeping, that is the worst.

Unread 12-05-2004, 07:19 PM
I Need Sleep!!

I couldn't sleep at all my whole time home. If I ever got three hours of sleep I was doing good. I used ambiem and added two benedryls to it. My dr. said that was ok, but it still didn't really help. I went back to work at ten weeks post op and my sleep got much better. I think being home so much just really wore on me. I heard every little noise in the house. I knew my DH snored, but I didn't know until then that he sounds like a freight train!! That really kept me awake. LOL
I think getting out of your normal routine disturbs your sleep pattern. Hang in there, because it will get much, much better. Good luck on your return to the working world.

Unread 12-05-2004, 07:33 PM
Go to your Doc

They can help you by providing sleep aids. Also, Benadryl works wonders for sleep!
Unread 12-05-2004, 10:10 PM
I Need Sleep!!

I'm not worried about going back to work, I am just worried that I will be very cranky to people. I don't like snapping at my kids just because I am over-tired. mtdewpeg: I also hear every sound in the house, and my husband soring very LOUD! I'm hoping going back to work helps. I am so sick of TV! but thank goodness for books and internet (like this site, wonderful!) My 6wk check up is tomorrow so I hope my doctor gives the OK to go back to work. I have walked alot these past weeks for x-mas shopping and I thought that would tire me out but it didn't. :cry: I just keep telling myself "I will get through this"

Thanks ladies for your help.
Unread 12-06-2004, 05:55 AM
I Need Sleep!!

Gotta tell you the sleep thing has been the absolute worst for me also during this whole recovery time. I was always the type that could fall asleep anywhere, any time. Nothing has helped so far. Just about the time I start to nod off, I get a power surge and am wide awake again. Last night was really bad - and I am totally exhausted today. I go back to work on Wednesday, which requires I'm up by 4:15 am....between no sleep and absolutely hating my job, I just can't imagine getting through that day and am getting really down. I tried Benadryl, which didn't seem to help much. The soy, black cohosh and red clover haven't really seemed to help with the hot flashes at all - and if they are, goodness knows how bad it would be if I stopped taking them.
Unread 12-06-2004, 06:18 AM
I Need Sleep!!

I am a few days shy of being 6 months post op and I have yet to have a full night sleep. I wake up on and off throughout the night and at first my dr. said that it was normal. But I didn't want to be on sleeping pills because I thought I'd get over it. When I see her on the 8th I'm gonna ask. I feel for you. Although you should never mix any meds with yager or any othe drink. I did it once and could have died. Karri
Unread 12-06-2004, 08:36 AM
I Need Sleep!!

The insomnia seems to be a common problem. I never had trouble sleeping before the surgery, and I kept my ovaries and cervix, and I still have insomnia. I wake up every two hours. Its driving me nuts! Night before last, I slept four hours, and I can't tell you any reason why. The only clue I have is that I ate a small piece of pizza my son and a friend ordered just before I went to bed. Last night, I tried a bowl of ice cream. I slept three hours before I woke up. Tonight, I may try both and see if I can get five hours...snicker.

I know I could ask my GP for sleeping pills and he would give them to me, but I am weird about them. I did not want to be put under even for the surgery and opted for a spinal. They still put me under when it wore off, but I was already groggy.

Walking doesn't seem to help the insomnia...it helps the swelly belly wonderfully, but not the sleep problem. Someone mentioned getting something at the health food store a few days ago on here...something called Calms Forte, which they said worked really well. I am going to look for it, or similar products at the health food store myself.

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