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Unread 02-07-2005, 03:09 AM
Can't sleep!

Hello Sisters,

I just had surgery Thursday, February 3rd and was surprised by how well it went. I really haven't had much actual pain, just discomfort from the gas and before I finally started moving my bowels. But tonight I can't sleep. I can't get comfortable. I still feel gassy (although things are moving on that score.) My lower back aches. I feel weepy. I can't say I like this at all. I really don't understand. If there were pain it would make sense. If I were still having problems with constipation or even an issue with moving the gas, I might understand. I am resting during the day, but I got very little sleep today, so I don't think I have my nights and days turned around.

Anyone else have this problem and what did you do?

Thanks for the help!
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Unread 02-07-2005, 07:56 AM
Can't sleep!

Hi sherry,
Glad to hear that you are doing well, keep up the good work!
I am alot farther post-op than you, but just some encouragement.........
The drugs that you are administered during surgery, take a while to get out of your system. They caused huge sleep issues for me. for about a month. Also you body is healing. You have lowered you immune system as well, so take the time you need to rest. The body does a good amount of healing when it is inactive.
Your activity level has dropped to, and that could attribute to the sleep problems, but you must rest and give yourself time to heal properly.
From a sister who is almost 8 months post-op. the sleep issues do get straightened around, but your body needs time to adjust.
Happy healing to you.
Unread 02-07-2005, 08:05 AM
Can't sleep!

I guess that makes sense. At 3 in the morning, nothing makes sense! I am trying to do all the right things and this laying low is going to be very hard! I do want to let my body heal though. I just hadn't thought about the sleep issues. Thanks for the encouragement. Sometimes that is all it takes!

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Unread 02-07-2005, 08:23 AM
Can't sleep!


It took me about 4 weeks to get back to a normal sleep schedule. I spent a lot of time on this site in the wee hours of the morning during those weeks! But the good news is that I always had company here. Just checking in here and seeing other sisters up and about at 2:00 a.m. made me feel less alone.

The good news is that this too shall pass. Now I'm counting the minutes before bedtime.
Unread 02-07-2005, 03:19 PM
Can't sleep!


I had my a TAH/BSO on 18th Oct and still not sleeping. I'm exhausted. Last week I had 7hours sleep all week!!!

Unread 02-07-2005, 03:29 PM
Can't sleep!

I am 9 weeks out and up until last week I was having a hard time sleeping as well.

I told my doctor and he told me to take some benadryl before bedtime. It has helped greatly!!! You might tell your dr. about it, too.

Before I was sleeping 2-3 hours a night. Now I get 6-7! Woohoo!!

Hope this helps!

Unread 02-07-2005, 03:35 PM
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I see the doctor in a week. I was also considering trying Tylenol PM. I may call him before then and see what he suggests. Thanks for the suggestion. It is good to know this is something I am not suffering alone.
Unread 02-07-2005, 03:45 PM
Can't sleep!

Hi Sherry. I'm 11 weeks post-op. I too have had sleeping issues. My doctor prescribed restoril to help with sleeping. It really helped me get some much needed sleep. Now that I'm back to work, I sleep much better. I don't always feel rested and was told that it takes up to a year for the fatigue to subside, but everyone's different. You also mentioned being weepy. During my second week, I too was very weepy. The shifts in hormones plus major surgery attribute to the weeping. Things really do get better with time. Just be patient and listen to your body. If you feel you need to rest, do so. I hope the rest of your recovery goes smoothly.

Unread 02-07-2005, 04:05 PM
Can't sleep!

I went to the doctor about not being able to sleep today. It has been almost 4 weeks for me. He told me that it could take up to three months to get back to a normal sleep pattern because of all of the trama that your body goes thru. So I asked him if he would give me anything to help ,he said no he wants my body to work its self out. If after three monthsI still cant sleep. Then he will give me something.
So I am hoping it is sooner then 2 months that my body works it self out because that seems a long way away.
Unread 02-07-2005, 05:48 PM
Can't sleep!

After my surgery I went like 60 hours without sleep. Thought I was going to lose my mind. Finally called my doctor and she gave me Ambien. I have never had a better nights sleep. I wake up without feeling foggy. You might want to ask your doctor about it. Good luck ... you are in my prayers.

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