I'm now 9 days post-op. While in the hospital, my doctor had started me on steroids, Decadron, because the pain was very bad. At discharge, they prescribed a tapering dose of it, which I'm scheduled to be done with in two days.
Last night, I went to bed at around 9 pm. I was exhausted and fell asleep immediately. Well, a couple of hours later I wake up with what I can only describe as an out-of-body experience. I felt like the walls were closing in on me, and I felt like someone was in the room with me standing over me. I tried to scream but couldn't get the words out. Somehow I finally mustered up the energy to crawl out of bed and ran downstairs to my husband. I insisted I could NOT go back to sleep. I should mention that the last dose of Oxycodone, Flexeril, or Valium I had taken was the previous day. Yesterday I only took my steroids and some Motrin. I proceeded to take my last dose of steroids for the night along with another Motrin, thinking maybe the pain was getting to me. I finally decided to attempt to sleep again by about 1:30. I took a valium before going to bed, because I was so nervous about the same thing happening. Sure enough, I woke up at 3:30am and the same thing happened again. This time, in my mind, my hubby was holding me down. I kept telling him I need to call 911 and I was trying to reach for the phone, but he wouldn't let me. I felt like he was trying to smother me. I screamed out, "no Justin, don't hold me down!" To which he replied, I'm not doing anything to you, and I realized it had happened again. I called the dog up on the bed because I was so freaked out, and I slept with my arm around the dog the rest of the night.
I have a call in to my doctor about this, because if it IS the steroids, I refuse to take them again. Screw tapering off of them! I spent about half the night feeling my heart race and wondering if I should go to the ER. I've never experienced anything like this. Do you think this is from the steroids or possible withdrawl from the pain meds and muscle relaxants? I'm so afraid to go to sleep again, because I'm terrified of it happening again.