I take amitriptyline and sometimes melatonin. It takes learning to shut your mind up so you don't lay and worry. No tv or PC 2 hrs before bed and learning to put any problems on your mind in a box for the might and only thinking of pleasant things. Go to bed at the same time every night.
Hi - I have fibro, about 7 yrs now, and Crohns Disease (in the family of IBS) for over 28+ years. I have trouble sleeping, and once asleep, have trouble falling asleep. I have to be careful that I NOT take anything too strong or I will not be able to get out of bed in a rush, if needed, when diarrhea hits. Currently I am on Dalmane, normally used for insomnia. I take a lot of meds and have a high tolerance, so OTC's are a waste of money. However, anything designed to keep one asleep for 7-8 hrs and I may just find myself in a mess when I wake. Been on the Dalmane a while, and have found it works best when I DO NOT take every night. If I am feeling that diarrhea may be a problem, I skip it. Going to bed and getting up at same time for a few weeks, whether you sleep or not, usually resets the body's internal clock.
However, when you have a condition that may require rushed trips to restroom, probably shouldn't take a pill that night anyway. When I need rest, which is often, as fatigue is a huge problem for me, the Dalmane helps a lot.
I just recently started on a drug called Restoril (genetic name is Temazepam) which is for sleep.
I have taken several different meds for sleep & this is the best I have found. Plus the Generic brand is only
$ 15 month without insurance but it is prescription med. I have alot of chronic pain & Fibro & a list of other conditions & I was lucky too get 4 hours sleep & that was waking up constantly.
Now I take it & 30 min. Later I am out for about 9 hours & not waking up once.. It is a miracle !
As fast as IBS goes I take Probiotics daily & it helps with my digestion system.
Good luck ! Kathy
i use a natural 10 mg melatonin and it works great for me. I also take trazodone 150 mg at night PRN. I was on ambien but it worked the opposite for me... It is very experimental with sleep meds.. Some work great for others while they do absolutely nothing for the rest of us lol. Some people take their pain med right before bed time if they make you drowsy.. you could get a good night sleep while helping with the pain (2 birds in one stone); however, my pain meds keep me awake (percocet). so good luck and please find you something that works to get you some QUALITY REST. IT IS ESSENTIAL TO YOUR BODY's OVERALL PHYSICALITY WHEN HAVING FIBROMYALGIA! a good nights sleep means a world of difference on the mind/body/spirit. Good luck/GOD BLESS>
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