I hate to keep begging the question, but seriously, where is sleep? I am almost 4 weeks out of opiate detox and I think I am close to losing my mind from lack of sleep. Last week only because of Ativan did I get 3 hours a night for 5 days, but now I am back to not only no sleep, but I can't even lay down for more than 5 minutes. No wonder 95 percent of opiate users relaspe, it's either that or insanity. I've tried every OTC remedy,I've taken whole boxes of them in a single night. No more visits to doctor,I am unisured and unemployed so I can no longer afford that luxury. Help... KCG
If you cannot go to the doc, and you've no insurance please look for a free clinic in your area.
It sounds as if you need lunesta, ambien, or silenor, or a dart gun to put you to sleep. I really feel bad for you.
If you go to a free clinic, do not admit your detox off opiates, because I'd wager that you would get no sleep meds if you fess up to it.
Having said that, what will you do after the doc cuts you off of sleep pills?
Also, I can't remember if you are exercising or not, (sorry) but that helps to (as Patti says) regulate the eat, sleep, wake patterns. So start walking a few miles a day IF that is possible for you medically.
I also suffer from some insomnia, but mine is miniscule compared to yours.
A body just can't function properly without sleep. Find a clinic, and fast.
Hey KCG, i just woke up, so bear with me. Of course you are anxious, given your other POSSIBLE situation, anxiety makes us imagine things for the worst and it is also possible you will NOT have to go to the pokey, keep the faith, my prayers and support will be with you. Can you get to a free or low cost clinic and get a legal rx for the ambien or i have a second rx suggestion, amitriptyline, an older mood elevator that has been known to treat all kinds of medical issues, depression, pain issues, and insomnia, to just list a few of its conditions it is written for off label. A low dose of 10 to 25 mgs taken a night will possibly help you sleep quickly and thru the night. We have a memb here named UNLVGRAD, and maybe you could send her a pq, she might also be of support and possibly a source or resources for you. I am going to try and text her, i can't promise anyone else will ever help someone, but i am thinking she will. She's a great girl.
It is early morning in vegas, as i am in central time zone, and it is 7:35 am here as i type, I hope i won't wake her. Anyway, the jail will likely let you have the amitriptyline, especially if the dr writes the rx directions to say it is for depression and neuropathy, as it will seem medically necessary, get me! And the first time i took my ami, as i call it, my eyes were crossing within 20 minutes, slept 8 hours and woke up feeling great. Now, let me see if i can get a hold of UNLVGRAD for you, remember, i can't guarantee anything, but if i know her like i think i do, she will help you and add support. Hang in the and have some faith my friend. Patti
I just woke up, and read your question and the other responses, which were very good by the way. Yes insomnia is a giant bear. Seriously..ready to eat you up any second. Lack of sleep can cause all kinds of problems too. Duh..like yall didn't know this. I agree with Sweet Lemon, if you can find a free clinic, get you some Lunesta, Ambien, Silenor, ect.. I have taken Elavil, Trazadone (in the past). There are just so many that you could try if you can get into a free clinic. I take Lunesta, and Thank God I am finally getting some sleep now. My little boy really appreciates it too. :) Good luck to you and best wishes. Ruth
The docs have been giving me Trazodone for years and I have always told them it doesn't work. Well, maybe that's because the geniuses forgot to tell me that you have to take it every night for close to 1 month before it produces sleep. I'm now taking it close to 3 months and I take 50 mg at night and 1 hour later I hit the pillow and sleep 4 or 5 hours straight through. Of course I have been told that quitting this drug will be a bitch. Not just that but the insomnia will return. So what do I do, keep trying to live with 2-4 hours of broken sleep at max, or get hooked on Trazodone. At the moment I am choosing to be hooked on Trazodone.
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