Hey everyone, and good morning I've been up since 2:30am, and I've been doing this for months!!! I had a 3 level fusion, it will be one year on Feb. 8th. I'm basically doing pretty good now that I am 11-1/2 months. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.... Still have my "ups and downs", but I'm getting there.
My problem is sleep deprovation. I've gotten perscriptions for Ambian, Valium, and Trazadone, which is old school that really knocks you out! That one is just gross!! Oh btw, I don't take all three at the same time, I take only 1/2 or 1/4 of just one. So I'll take one of one of these before bed, I sleep with wierd dreams for exactly 6 hours, and then I get up cause I can't put myself back to sleep.
I'm just wondering if it's my vitamins or percocet that is causing this. (I still take 3-4 percocets per day for on-going pain) But I take, 1 multi-vitamin, 1 Citrical+D, 1 extra D, one B-12 complex, one B+, 2-1500mg Fish Oil (really helps for going potty). I do my PT in the mornings at home, which includes 1-1/2 miles per day walking, 3 miles on my stationary bike, then lay on floor doing my other excersises.
I go to bed at around 8:30, (can't go any further) and wake up "brite eyed and bushy tailed" EVERYDAY at 2:30 or 3am. I fight taking a nap around 1pm in the afternoon to hopefully sleep longer at night.
Just wondering, is this normal, and could it be a combination of the drugs I'm taking, or is insomnia normal for lubar fusion patients?
I do not work, as my injury came from my job in March 07', surgery didn't happen until Feb. 08. So ya, I'm going absolutely nuts with boredom, cause I just can't do all my chores around the house like I use to. Use to be OCD about my home, but after this length of time, I've come to terms with it. NOW, that the economy is all messed up, and feel like I could do a sit down job of some sort part-time, there's nothing out there!!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I know this lack of sleep cannot be good for this 2 year long healing process!!!