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Unread 02-07-2008, 01:31 PM
Post Hysterectomy insomnia

Help! I had my surgery 5 weeks ago and am having horrible insomnia. The first week I couldn't sleep until after 1 a.m. Last week moved to no sleep until 3:30 a.m. This week I am still watching the clock at 5:00 a.m. I have tried herbs, over the counter sleep aids. I am a psychologist/hynotheripist but these skills are not helpful either. I am nervous about using prescription meds but am now desperate. We are leaving for a Hawaii R and R next week but if I can't sleep it won't be much fun. Any suggestions? John's wife
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Unread 02-07-2008, 03:51 PM
Post Hysterectomy insomnia

Hi Did you keep your ovaries, or were they removed with your surgery? Are you on any HRT? Insomnia this far post op is often a sign of low estrogen levels. If you kept your ovaries, you may want to ask your DR to order an FSH test to see if they are working properly. If they were removed and you are not on HRT, you might ask your DR if HRT is an option for you; if you are on HRT, you may want to consider adjusting the dose.

Meanwhile, there are some things you can try while waiting to see the DR. Many women find Ovaltine helps, because of the malt. Some have success with 5-HTP taken nightly (I take this); it's a precursor of tryptophan, the stuff in turkey that makes us tired after Thanksgiving dinner. A few of our members have had some luck with melatonin. If Benadryl or Tylenol PM work for you, you could use those, assuming you don't have any condition that contraindicates them. I've found Sleepytime Extra with Valerian tea helps sometimes. And of course there's the warm bath, glass of warm milk (or that Ovaltine again) and a boring book.

I'd talk with your DR to get this sorted out, and look to trying to find the cause and treat that rather than applying a 'band aid' (prescription sleep aids) solution to the problem. I hope you're getting some soon.

s,
-Linda
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Unread 02-07-2008, 04:23 PM
Post Hysterectomy insomnia

i take 3mg lunesta and it helps. i've had insomnia for a very long time. you might want to try something like lunesta/ambien for awhile until your body settles down. you dont want to be laying in a hotel room in hawaii, watching the clock.
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Unread 02-07-2008, 05:20 PM
Insomnia

Hi,

I can only speak from my experience, but 4 things helped me. Your surgery date is one day after mine, so this may help you.

1) I had to cut out all my naps after the first week. I am plenty tired by 9 pm.
2) I found that I woke up less during the night when I had my DH turn down the tempurature on the automatic thermostat for the "night" cycle.
3) Increase your walking around the house if you can't get outside. I was walking 30 minutes a day on a treadmill starting on week 3 post op, but I had to scale that back some as I was overdoing it. But some walking every day will help build your stamina, plus help you feel tired enough to go to sleep.
4) I have been craving milk, so if I am hungry at bed time, I have a glass of skim milk (with ovaltine). I have also been having soy chocolate milk too. The soy milk comes in convenient single serving sizes that you can find at any store. Soy is supposed to relief menopausal symptoms.

I do not have my ovaries, and have not experienced any drenching hot flashes, only feeling warm enough to peel back the covers first thing in the am, usually when the furnace is heating the house back up.

I hope these tips help and that you have a wonderful time in Hawaii!

hiberbear
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Unread 02-24-2008, 09:19 PM
Post Hysterectomy insomnia

I totally feel your pain! I am 5 weeks post op and can't seem to fall asleep until 6 am. I am up all night just laying there starring at the walls. Then when I do fall asleep, I end up sleeping until 2 or 3 in the afternoon. I feel like I am missing out on the land of the living. It's dark here by 5. I wish that I could help you. I know that watching HD travel shows have helped on some nights. I am goanna try Hot "sleepy time" tea tonight and a boring book. I am hoping it helps.

Have a blast in Hawaii !
Get plenty of rest!
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