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Unread 12-10-2007, 01:30 AM
Tired but can't sleep

I had my LSH on 12/7 and was home on 12/8. The doctor says don't do much and rest a lot, so I do, and I get tired, but I can't sleep for more than 1-3 hours at a time! Four hours if I'm really lucky. The lovely Vicodin makes me sleepy, then I nap, then I'm up for a while. It's getting kind of maddening. How long does this last?
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Unread 12-10-2007, 02:39 AM
Tired but can't sleep

Everyone is different, but it could just be that instead of sleeping for a normal 8 hours, (I'm an insomniac so "normal" is more standard)you are napping, I am guessing frequently. If you are able to sleep when your tired, then it is probably just the "lovely vicodine" making you nap instead of being awake for the normal waking day then getting all your sleep at once.
You should probably return to normal once you are done with the pain meds. I actually miss that part of my recovery, because at least then I was able to sleep.
Unread 12-10-2007, 03:21 AM
Tired but can't sleep

I am also sleeping in 3-4 hour blocks. I just assumed it was from the pain meds. I am also still taking mid-day naps so that may have something to do with it also. I hope it gets better for you soon.
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Unread 12-10-2007, 04:55 AM
Tired but can't sleep

This surgery was not as bad as last years breast reduction because I never really took anything more then xtra strengh tylonol.
Last year I was on tylonol 3's and I couldn't sleep at night it was horrible. It lasted weeks and I was exausted yet unable to sleep at night for more then an hour or 2 at a time.
It ended up being the cafiene I beleive in tylonol 3s I even tried an otc sleeping pilland I lied there awake all night but couldn't move thqt was even worse I litterely felt drugged but awake

If pain isn'tthat bad try xtra strenth tylonol and ibuprofin together during day and just a prescription pill at night
Unread 12-10-2007, 08:39 AM
Tired but can't sleep

Thanks for the advice. I just forced myself to stay in bed last night when ever I would wake up and I wouldn't turn on any lights. That seemed to help a little and I feel a little more rested today. Maybe part of the insomnia is just habit.
Unread 12-10-2007, 08:47 AM
Tired but can't sleep

Cynthia, I've had problems sleeping too. I even took a sleeping pill the last 2 nights. I slept for about 6 hours at a stretch, but usually when I take a sleeping pill for occasional insomnia, it knocks me out & I have trouble waking up unless I've slept a minimum of 8 hours. My pain meds make me tired, yet when I try to nap, I can't sleep. I just lie there trying to think "sleepy thoughts." Sure, I'm resting, but I'm not sleeping. The doc gave me percocet and perhaps that's part of the problem. When I tore a ligament in my ankle approx. 7 weeks ago (yes, it's been a bad couple of months for me), the ortho gave me lortab & I still have a ton of it left. I found it easier to sleep when I took it, so I'm contimplating abandoning the percocet for the lortab. Good luck.
Unread 12-10-2007, 12:16 PM
Tired but can't sleep

When I went for my four week checkup, I asked doctor about insomnia. I was informed that it is the anesthesia that is making it so hard for us to sleep. Dr. said that it can take 3 months for out bodies to rid itself of all that really strong medication. My mom actually gave me something called Simply Sleep. It is from the makers of Tylenol PM (which dr. recommended), same drug but without the Tylenol. I took it about 4 nights ago and got more sleep than I've had since before my surgery. It definitely helps with the recovery process and emotions (no HRT) when you get a good nights sleep.

Wishing everyone a better day today than yesterday!
Unread 12-10-2007, 02:38 PM
Tired but can't sleep

Hi there,

I can't sleep either and I take Tylenol PM nightely. My doc gave me Darvocet and it makes me sleep, makes the pain go away, but I just lay there in a relaxed state, and can't actually fall asleep! I hate it....I have some Norco (high Vicodin) from a previous surgery and tried that, but that didn't make me sleep at all, Darvocet made me sleepier. I even tried sleeptime tea....didn't work!

What to do?
Unread 12-10-2007, 04:18 PM
Tired but can't sleep

I have always had trouble with sleeping, but it became alot worse after my surgery. I was barely sleeping 1-2 hours a day. When I talked to my doctor he prescribed me some ambien CR for a couple of months until everything became normal again. So you might want to let your dr know that you are having problems, he should be able to help. You are in my prayers for some good sleep. Trust me God will provide.
Unread 12-10-2007, 09:45 PM
Tired but can't sleep

Good idea about the ambien CR. I've been taking Tylenol Simply Sleep for the past few nights, but when I took it pre-surgery, I'd sleep very soundly all night long and actually have difficulty waking up. Now, it only lasts 5-6 hours and I wake up with a nasty headache. I've had ambien before (before they came out with the controlled release version) and it worked quite well. I think I might call my doc tomorrow and ask for the CR version.

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