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3-weeks post L4-5 fusion and lami - can't sleep

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am wondering if this is related to being off the Vicodin. That and just a lower level of physical activity from being home recuperating. Any thoughts, recs would be appreciated. Thanks.


  • I think this must be a spiney thing cause I havent been able to sleep good since my surgery either unless I take sleeping pills and even then not that well.

    Christina >:D<
  • I am almost 7 months out from my PLIF & still need a sleeper @ night & still can't make it more than about 5 hrs b4 waking up...like you Christina, even w/ a pill it's not what I'd call "quality" sleep...but it IS sleep...

    Just the "nature of the beast" I think....remember: our entire central nervous system was "invaded"...this is NOT ordinary surgery...my doc said figure a whole year or more until making any judgments about any of it...

    Ask for a sleeping pill, if you don't take one already. That can help you get over the edge & catch some deeper zzz's....sleep lets you rest so you can heal...it's important to be able to sleep. It improves as you get better...but as I said, I still don't "sleep thru" the night like I did b4 all this.

    Take care!


  • It must be a combination of different activity level and medications (some of these actually list insomnia as one of the side effects).

    I find that taking 100 mg. of melatonin an hour before bedtime helps. If that does not work, I take some Tylenol PM or 1/2 tablet of Alprazolam (sedative).
    For really bad sleepless nights I save some Restoril. That always does the trick.

  • I was just thinking the Melatonin too - I'm off pain pills in a few days and am thinking I am only going to survive it if I get some good sleep. I'm sending my oldest boy out to get me some so I am ready.
  • Kinpain, I had to answer---that stuff is simply the best!
    It's an OLD one--been around since the 60's & is a benzo (same med family as Valuim)---just works so nicely...

    No AM grogginess, just a nice decent sleeper that gently "turns off the lights"... I only need the 7.5 pill, but it comes in 15 & 30 mgs too...

    Few people know about it...I agree...it sure does the trick!

    ZZZZZZZZZZ! to you!

    ~ Lakeside
  • I've been using Ambien but I find that my body has gotten use to it so it doesnt do what its suppose to anymore. I try Lunesta but it leaves a nasty taste in my mouth that stay all day and makes everything I eat and drink taste disgusting.

    Christina :)
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