I have been having sleep problems for years. I have tried nearly every single medications for sleep. I stay up from anywhere from 24 to nearly 40 hours with no sleep at all or a minimal of 2-3 hours. And when I am up I am not really tired at all. I have tried exercising daily sometimes and that doesn't make a difference. I have tried cutting out/down caffeine, changing my sleep patterns, tea, medication over the counter/RX, reading, listening to music, watching tv, hot shower I littarlly have tried everything. I have been diagnosed with Borederline Personality Disorder, Possible ADHD(not diagnosed yet) Mood Disorder NOS(debating between bi-polar 2 and depression) PTSD. I am currently taking the current medications: Ritalin 5mg once a day AM, Lexapro 10 mg once a day PM, Vitamin d 3,000 IU once a day AM, Synthroid 25 mcg one daily AM, Tegretol 200 mg once a day PM (sorry about my spelling) Does anyone have ANY ideas of what I/ my doctor could do/try?
It would be nice if you list up the strongest sleep medication you have tried. If you are not diagnosed with ADHD the Ritalin will mess uf you sleep pattern. For most people it works as a mild Amphetamine. I would get your doctor to get you a appointment with a neurologist.
I had the same problem for 7 years, and I had to take so much sleeping medication that I was on a dosage so high that it would be overdose for normale people. A neurologist fixed me.
Dear nicciRocks - They are right, the meds you listed are not strong meds. Plus there is a "sleeping" pill and an "insomnia pill" group, and probably others. You need a sleep study to get to the root of the sleeplessness. I, too have trouble sleeping, but we know why. My body has an internal clock that responds when I am sick with nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. I have Crohns among other things.i have hard time falling asleep, then when I do and my body (with a mind of its own) wakes me for the above situations. Good thing is I don't wake up in a mess, bad thing is my sleep is all messed up. I take Dalmane 30mg and it helps me fall asleep, but, when things start acting up, I wake up, take care of business and then can't go back to sleep. One reason I am writing this at 4:30 am. I am 48, been sick since i was 20, and last 10 years more medical problems have come to the point of disability. I also take Remeron for insomnia.
My dr believes they are to be treated seperately if sleep study indicates so. I also take Prenisone, which can make it difficult to sleep.Its like I have an internal battle going on constantly. Feel tired, to the point of exhaustion most of the time. On that rare occasion I do get sleep I do not feel rested when awake. I am basically homebound, and a good friend said to stop trying to be a 11-6 sleeper. If the only time I can sleep is random, take it when you can get it. Of course that means I miss a lot of my days. I have mentioned this to someone recently, and it is "old school". Take meds as prescribed, making sure you aren't taking something too close to sleep meds, as they can interfere and for 2 weeks, go to bed and get up same time everyday, whether you sleep or not. It is harder than it sounds, as sometimes I was falling asleep at 3-4 am and had to get up at 7. But I dedicated 2 weeks to this program, very strictly, and with my meds, it did make a difference for a while. Hey, it doesn't cost anything except a lot of will power and 2 weeks is nothing compared to the sleep you have probably already missed. Be diligent, lay in the dark staring at digital clock or what ever. But, give it an honest try. No matter what get up, and stay up when you do, and get in bed at same time, sleepy or not. Eventually your body resets itself, and with the help of sleep aids, it can work for some. Good luck, be well as can be...
Hi, i was also going to suggest asking for a sleep study to be conducted. There are medications i could recommend, but your doctor/psychiatrist needs to find a good combination personal to you. I also have BPD, ADHD, and other mental health conditions, and also have trouble sleeping, so i understand how frustrating insomnia is! If you get no where with the sleep study (although i doubt that), re post and we can offer more suggestions that could help. Good luck : )
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