i have had gastric bypass surgery about 10 yrs ago now and since then i have had trouble sleeping. i mean 1-2 hrs a night. right now i am on ambien and tramadol which will put me to sleep but not keep me sleeping and the tramadol makes me feel groggy the next day. i have rhuematoid arthritis and there is a limit to the activities i can do. i have tried everything. lunesta and lunestaa xl, benedryl, nyquil (not a good idea), remeron, elavi. i also am on valium for anxiety and take the last one close to bedtime. and i've done that whole no tv, dark cool room, turn the clock away from u thing. i have no idea what to do anymore but because i am now on disability for my RA and don't work, the days r extremely long and depressing when u r up almost constantly. the only caffeine i have is one coffee a day, everything else is decaf. tired all the time but not sleepy. it's just getting to b too much.
Along with Pledge's suggestion, you might try getting out during the day a bit. Walking short distances for 10 or 15 min if that's possible with your RA. I have problems with insomnia also and I've found that it's worse when I've stayed in the house for several days. Make a trip to your local library, or to Walmart, if you have one locally. Use one of their motorized carts and just wander around taking time to look at things you don't usually bother with. Sometimes a trip out will break up your day and ease the depression. Perhaps you could look around your community and find some volunteer work that you could do that won't bother your RA. Getting out of the house, feeling useful and busy would probably do you a world of good. Best of luck to you!
Hello. I understand being in all the time. I get out for the doctor and once in a while for a dinner out. Probably every couple of months. Because of my illness, my energy is very poor, my walking unsteady, and my heart races at thirty feet. Then taking oxygen along, yes, it is a lot of work.
So what do I do all day? I have developed hobbies. Sitting in front of the TV is pretty depressing. It is passive, boring and can cause a bad mood just because of content. I watch comedies, mostly, never violent shows because of how they affect the nervous system. When my eyes aren't blurred I read. I spend time on this site and offer words of support to others. I let others know what I have learned. In other words, I keep myself busy by keeping an active mind.
RA requires active exercise. Not using joints ends up freezing them with deposits and causes debilitating pain. Keeping the body as strong as possible reduces pain and increased mobility.
My suggestions to you are simple. Ask your Rhuemy to put you in PT. then do it! Reach out to others and help them. Turn off the TV. Write a book for your family about adventures in your life. And above all, don't fall into the trap of feeling sorry for yourself. You have RA, my lungs are dying. I don't feel sorry for myself. I put positive energy into others, instead. I know you hurt, and this is not the life you expected. So my final suggestion is to get with a therapist and start working upon this sadness that holds you back. Who knows what will free you? Time to explore.
Read my brief bio and those of others. You are not alone in this. We all have our pain and surprises. Then tell me about yourself. Friends help us get through these trials. You will be better spiritually. That will help you through the rest. You are valuable with life experiences. When you see life as it is, you will sleep. Karen
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