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i need sleep!!!
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stephanyb11 - January 17

so here it is 4:45 a.m. and i have gotten maybe an hour and a half of sleep...this has been a regular sleeping habit for me for quite some time now. Does anyone have any suggestions for sleep aid?? i think i get migraines so bad do to lack of sleep...HELP I NEED SLEEP!!!


flipperlover - January 17

Of course everybody's body chemistry is different but I have to take a prescribed sleep aid and definitley 1mg xanax, the xanax shuts my brain off, I have doctors look at me like i am crazy when I tell them I cannot shut my brain down, as soon as I get vertical my brain kicks into gear, gotta do this gotta do that gotta pay this gotta pay that, it seriously kicks into overdrive, so the xanax shuts it down and I sleep 8 hours.


dkarssen79 - January 18

I have been prescribed several things to help me sleep and so far they have either been to strong or haven't helped at all. First I was prescribed seroquil and it was so strong if anyone tried to wake me I was completely incoherent. That would be fine with me except for the fact I am a single mom with a 2 year old and 4 year old, so at night I can't be completely out of it if they need me. Next I was prescribed flexeril which did absolutely nothing for me. I have most recently been prescribed trazadone, which i've only taken 1 night. I still woke up a lot at night but I actually felt a little refreshed when I woke up and was also in a better mood. My doctor is having me go for a sleep study.

I have more than one problem with sleep. Some nights I can just be wide awake until 3 or 4 in the morning, which is not good with a 2 year old that is up and about at 6 or 7 am. Other nights I get to sleep ok, but I wake up so many times through out the night, usually bc of pain, but some nights for no reason at all. Sometimes I have a hard time getting back to sleep each time I wake up, sometimes I don't, but will wake up again in about an hour or so. And lastly some nights I feel like I slept pretty good without waking up many times through out the night, but will still feel absolutely exhausted when I wake up.

Sorry this isn't much help. Still trying to find what will help me sleep good and why I'm not sleeping or getting a good deep sleep. Have you talked to your dr about possibly having a sleep study? I've heard they are not very pleasant but if we can get some answers from them it is most definitely worth it!


Noca - January 18

I sleep like 8-9 hours a weekday and on Saturday i sleep about 18 hours to catch up lost sleep. Im ALWAYs tired. I need Amphetamines to even keep me awake.

Then theres other nights where ill lay in bed tossing and turning till 4am and cant sleep.


chucksusanandgrace - January 18

I was just about to log on and ask the exact question. I am soooooooooooo exhausted and my muscles can hardly hold me up (okay, I am exagerating a little, but it almost is true ;-))

My Dr prescribed flexeril, so I will be trying that. I have heard melatonin might help as well.

I pray you all get sleep. No sleep is misery!



Fantod - January 19

Fibromyalgia (FMS) interrupts the deep sleep cycle with short bursts of high intensity brain activity. Your muscles need deep sleep inorder to repair themselves from the days activities. No deep sleep means higher levels of pain which rapidly becomes a vicious circle.

If your doctor does not have you taking a sleep aid which is a critical part of treating FMS than you need to find someone new. That is a very basic part of the treatment protocol. Call your local hospital and ask the physician referral service for a rheumotologist with an interest in FMS. Or, go online to the National Fibromyalgia Association website and register. Then you will be able to see a list of fibro-friendly doctors in your area.

In the interim, try taking 1mg of Melatonin to start and see if that helps. You can take up to 3 mg but I would work my way up gradually to see how it affects you. You can find melatonin in any decent health food store or even the drug store these days. Make sure you understand how to take it and any risks associated with using it. Take care.


iliveinpain - January 20

I take 2 extra strength Tylenol P.M. each nite a couple of hours before bed. It helps somewhat with my pain and the sleep aid is so mild, it takes a couple of hours to actually kick in. When I am actually going to bed, I'll take a xanax and sit up and try to read for a little bit. This is the best remedy for me, cause if I just lie down, I'll start to toss and turn and my thoughts start racing and going into overdrive immediately. Thanks to my xanax tho, I'm usually asleep within a half an hour after taking it. I start falling asleep while sitting up and reading and then I turn out the lite and I'll usually sleep, but not all the way thru the nite. Thankfully, I can usually fall back asleep if I do wake up. If I really can't sleep at nite, I won't start fretting about it, cause once you start that cycle, you'll never sleep at all, you'll just be more wound up. Luckily I have an understanding boss and I've had a couple of nites where that's happened to me. What I do in that case, is I'll get up and email him what is going on, and I'll be in for work late that next day, after I get some sleep. Thankfully it doesn't happen too often, but it helps to not have to stress over it. I completely agree with flipperlover in that the xanax does shut down my brain and I get into a deep much needed sleep, altho I can never get 8 hours.


Rosscow - January 27

Hi All
Theres tons of things that I have tried for sleep.Being a Fibro sufferer for 13 years. Being as fustrated and over come by this horrible disease as all in this forum.Every dam test done in the book. Taken all kinds of pain killers(everything) etc. I get sleep with these.
Clonazepam (parden spelling if incorrect) just .5 mg(sometimes I take 2 on bad days), a magnesium/calcium/vit d combo vitimins(I take 3) before bed. Ends up being around 500mg of Mag citrate pending on the vit combo you buy.Magnesium relaxes you.
Don't drink any liquids before 10 or so. Make sure you go to the bathroom before bed. Having to urinate in the middle of night will disrupt whatever sleep your getting. Don't go to bed hungry.
I have been doing the Clonazepam for a very long time now but I was looking at magnesium for help with nerve pain.(Clonz from the pain clinic) I found that within a couple days I was getting some deeper sleep even if I had to get up once a night to urinate.DON'T THINK JUST PEE!! And go back to bed..stay groggy if you can. (I have the wonderful prostate symptoms of fibro). Helps with your skin and your bowel movements are more regular also.
Been suffering with chronic leg pain, pelvic pain,fibro fog,depression,hip pain, from this disease for so long I can barely remember what it's like to feel normal. Don't think I will ever be in that happy place again but we keep fighting to be as normal as we can.
Take as much magnesium as it takes. Most of us are powerfully lacking this vit anyways.
From reading in this forum there are some people that are way worse off than others. I am still somehow able to continue working but only by experimenting. Had to go on short time diability to go to pain clinic. Had symptoms relax for 3 years and come back just as strong as the first time.
I hope this helps. You can crank up the volume on the Clonz because .5mg is the lowest dosage. I have to try to be as awake at work as possible so I take the least amount of stuff as I can.More Clonz would help my legs more.
If you have questions I'd be glad to exchange an email or two. Rosscow on a hotmail account.
Hope this helps anyone.


Noca - January 27

Recently I either take Xanax 2mgs, or Melatonin 12mgs or Temazepam 30mgs. I try to rotate nights between benzos and Melatonin to stop the tolerance from building up.



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