I'm getting relief from my medicine and feel comfortable but, sleep is a big issue. I stay awake all day thinking tonight will be the night I can sleep. Guess the joke is on me. How is sleeping working for you, anybody?
You don't say what meds you are taking but it may be that they are causing your sleep problems. I would check with your doctor or pharmacist as it may be that you need to take one or more at a different time. I have had issues with sleeping for many years and even with the pain under control I just don't sleep for long. I have no problems going to sleep but I never sleep for very long. Are you tired in the daytime? I follow very strict sleep hygiene and that helps.
Sorry to hear you're not sleeping well. Have you ever been checked for insomnia? I have it even with my pain meds. Maybe the doctor can prescribe something for you to help. A lot of people use Trazadone or Xanax. I use and prefer Xanax. I don't use it every night. Hope you get some sleep soon. Take care and good luck!
Goodmorning Mike 47 im in a wheelchair with late onset MD and on alot of pain meds fentynal being my long term med and norco up to 6 10s a day if needed I to suffered from lack of sleep and tried severel different meds i have a very good doctor that trys his best to make me comfortable! Anyway what he ended up doing for me was one 50 mg elavil and poof ive had good sleep ever since after all the sleep meds i tried it was that one that really helped he said it also boosts my pain meds and i guess it does because i dont wake up hurting! Even with the fentynal there was still some pain in the middle of the nite! well i hope this will help you i know everybody reacts differant to meds but elavil truly help me and its super cheap! Good luck sir you are in the right place to get help all these folks are super and the site has helped me alot even if it was nothing more than someone saying hello the folks here understand and wont judge you as most of society does god bless !!! Eric Owens
Hello. Lot of good answers here. Be sure your diet contains no caffeine. It is in various drinks. If you love coffee like I do, then taper or you will get quite a rebound headache.
Anxiety of not sleeping keeps you awake. Be sure you do not check the time and the clock is turned away from you. It helps to sleep when you don't know what time it is. Reading a book will help. Be sure it is not a mystery or the like. Ha-ha. Keeps me going until I am done. The Xanax helps with that anxiety which is the underlying driving force of depression. Can be very helpful.
The less sleep you get the worse you will feel. Check with your doctor right away. Too little sleep can really make one crazy. Practice relaxation by starting at the feet, relaxing them, when relaxed move up your body part by part. By the time you are done you will feel floating and can readily sleep. Do this with lights out. Be sure there are no lights from phone, computer, clock, surge protectors. Remove or cover all ambient lights and keep the phone in another room if possible or completely mute so you hear no push signal.
Quiet music helps, best to be instrumental as one can get caught up in lyrics. No TV in bedroom. Too tempting and it associates the bed with action rather than sleep. Phew. That is all for now. :-). Hope you get a handle on this soon. Karen
Mike, So sorry to hear about your sleeping problems. How much sleep do you get a night? How often do you wake up during the night? You definitely need to see a doctor about it ASAP. Call their office and maybe the doctor can call in some medication for you if they can't see you right away. Also you may need to be checked for sleep apnea. I wake up about every 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours, but do go back to sleep. I wake up with pain, then change positions. But it's also common to wake up a lot with stroke victims which I am. I take Trazodone for fibromyalgia pain, but it's a great sleeping pill for me. Plus I listen to a meditation tape every night to go to sleep. It's a tape that has you visualize various being in a beautiful setting and things happening in your body, e.g. the blood flow. It's best for keeping me from thinking about other things. That's the main thing that keeps me from sleeping. You could probably find some tapes on-line or at your local library. Wish you the best.
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