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Unread 04-20-2008, 11:10 AM

I'm wondering what is working for those with insomina,& have the sister who are further along by months & yrs resolved this if so when & how
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Unread 04-20-2008, 12:38 PM

I am 6 weeks tomorrow and still having huge problem. I tried rozerem, and tynol pm both of which made me wired. Have called my soc to seee about getting ambien to see if that will work. I look forward to some of the replys to see what I can do.
Unread 04-20-2008, 02:30 PM

My daughter told me to try simply sleep,I'm gonna tonight.I'm not napping,& today I'm stopping cafienne after 5 figured I will move the time up a little earlier each day.Also trying a little walking each day to make sure I should be tired.Thanks for replying I'm hoping to get some good solutions for us to try.
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Unread 04-20-2008, 08:59 PM

Hi Maetigger -

I had my surgery over 5 months ago. The insomnia began as soon as I stopped the pain medication. Mine was the kind where I couldn't fall asleep not waking up in the middle of the night. Sometimes it would take hours to fall asleep. While I was off work recovering I ended up sleeping til 10 or 11 in the morning to get enough sleep. (My kids are grown). But once I went back to work at 6 weeks it was harder to deal with.

Because of the anemia I was sleeping a lot pre-surgery and was used to a daily nap. I found my energy level coming back at about 10 weeks and after that I didn't nap but started to fall asleep better at night.

Then a few weeks later I started having the insomnia issues again. I'm finding that now I can't have ANY caffeine at all and no nap or I'll lay there for an hour or two before falling asleep.

I haven't tried any sleep meds. But one night I did try a really boring book and that helped.

It seems that every few weeks my body is slightly changing in one way or another. There are a lot of changes since the surgery.

I wish you all the best as you figure out what works best for you.
Unread 04-20-2008, 09:55 PM

I've been using Melatonin. It seems to work for me. Also reading at night to relax. Hmmm 10:54 for me and still awake on the computer. I forgot to take my Melatonin.
Unread 04-20-2008, 10:01 PM

I used to take Lunesta 2mg but they took me off until after surgery. I have insomnia due to stress related issues anyway. I find myself now surviving on a few hours of sleep and every other day or so just crashing for about 12 hrs straight. Luckily I have a job that I can be groggy for a little while and survive. However a nap does not even happen nor does going to bed at a decent time. Every little noise and motion seems to keep me going. Thought about ear plugs and an eye cover to see if that works of course then that would be new and uncomfortable so I don't know. Guess I will have to speak with doc on it. I am on blood thinners so I have to be careful of what I take. Tylenol PM has quit working for me.
Unread 04-21-2008, 08:30 PM

I tried the "simply sleep" last night & it worked well. I hope that will do the trick for a while.I have always been a sleeper,I could drink coffee all day & night & sleep & take naps.I already cut back the caffiene.& I'm not stressed.But I hate being tired all day & knowing if you take a nap you will be up all night!
Unread 04-21-2008, 08:53 PM

i have some "sleep MD" and the only place i have found it is walmart. works pretty good, and doesnt make you feel zombie-fied in the morning.
i am still having sleep issues!
Unread 04-21-2008, 09:46 PM

I tried the ambien but it doesn't really work that well for me. I adjusted my HRT and now I am sleeping like a baby. (Which by the way is a funny statement in itself since babies are up all night - I am not)

Unread 04-21-2008, 10:12 PM

I've had sleep problems for almost 18 months now. I take a long time to fall asleep, & then wake at least 5-7 times per night, with very vivid dreams. I've been taking lorazepam for a long time. I talked with my Dr today & told her I'm concerned about addiction. She said as long as I'm using it as prescribed, not more, & not increasing my dose, my body is used to it, but not necessarily addicted. However, we are switching me over to try Sonata, or Ambien & seeing if that works as well.

Sunny35, how much melatonin do you take ?

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