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does you pain wake you ??

strakerstraker Posts: 1,827
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:29 AM in Sleep Problems
for the last 4 years i am only been able to sleep for 3 hours max .due to my back ache waking me up .i have to get out of bed and move {i normally come down stairs and have more pain killers and a cup of tea them try to go back to sleep on my recliner or sometime i will return to my bed.it starts by first i get hot then my legs are all over the place my wife tells me that i start moaning ! then my hands are rubbing at my lower back then i wake in awful pain .its a horrible way to sleep i have never had a full nights sleep since ....well i carnt remember! anyone else like this ??


  • All the time, even after taking a Norco and muscle relaxer together. I wake up on average of 4 times a night and try my best not to disturb my poor husband. I always have to turn on my lamp because I refuse to take meds in the dark. The worst thing is laying around in pain in the dark, trying to fall back asleep. I'm too lazy to get up and go in the living room and watch tv. This is a daily, I mean nightly ritual.
  • usually around 3-4am, with a stumble across the hall to gp potty for added fun! :^o ...then it's back to bed, take another pill, channal surf, (oh the joys of late nite cable... #o )and try to get a couple more hours of sleep before waking the kids up for school :''( 8} #:S ...the joys of being spiney i guess :D
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,630
    Straker, I think you will find this pretty common with people have been dealing with chronic pain for a while.
    Sleep is so important and can be a great ally when it comes to help deal with spinal problems.
    Most nights I get a few good hours of sleep, then wake up mainly because my arms and hands go name, my restless leg syndrome has me dancing all over the bed.
    So many nights I wait to real late to go into bed, and hopefully I will get 2-3 hours of sleep. Get up, go into the TV room, sit in a recliner and watch TV and use my computer
    The nights I get over 6 hours straight sleep is using because of uing ambin.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Hello,

    I am sorry to hear about everyone's sleep problems. I am about 10 weeks post op and seem to be in the same boat. I have to admit that my problem has more to do with falling asleep rather than staying asleep. I cannot seem to sleep during the night and like many of you my mind continues to wander. As I am sure you know, lack of sleep escalates pain levels and makes it very difficult to heal. Failure to sleep at night can be a lonely and depressing journey.

    I think it is important to stay occupied even if it is with the television or computer. Maybe reading a book, stretching, or even going for a walk might help - I have done all of these things. Any sleep specialist will tell you that laying in bed for more than 30 to 60 minutes without falling asleep warrants getting up and trying to "consume" oneself with some other activity until perhaps you can sleep. Of course, I realize that this is easier said than done and I don't trivialize others pain conditions that make this near impossible.

    I have an appointment with my PCP soon and wanted to discuss any meds that may help in my falling asleep. Dilauro already mentioned Ambien as have others I have met. Any other suggestions or success stories in this area?

    Best Regards,

  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    If my meds are changed. Or if I'm some place other than my own home.
    At home it is more consistent with sleeping patterns. I go to bed late and can usually sleep 6 or 7 hrs. And that's not enough for me. So I take a nap in my 0 gravity recliner In the mid to late afternoon.
    If I am woke up from pain and I've got less than 5 hrs. I'll take a pain pill and try to go back to sleep.
    But with out a doubt sleep deprivation will cause many problems, so if I get shorted I will take a Ambien the next night.
    When I'm out of town, Ambien is almost a must!
    Good luck, Jim
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
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  • Even on meds, I wake up when I roll over in bed. My wife told me I groan every time I roll over also, wasn't aware of that. On bad sciatica nights that will wake me up also. Ron has it right when he says he is dancing all over the bed!
  • you jay! my wife has a running commentary for me in the mornings of just how much moaning i do before i wake ! its a shame that we carnt even escape from our pain through sleep .tonight {Sunday} i am going to try sleeping with my acticare on low ..lets see if this gets me more than 3 hours ..if not i will be posting again at about 4 am !
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,630
    I think after looking at the past 10 years or so, I have to say that it is generally nerve pain that wakes me up. It could come in the from of Restless Leg Syndrome, or just in the tingling numbness different parts of the body sorta of take on.
    Two, well three solutions:
    1- Get up and walk and walk and walk until you are tired to go back to bed
    2- Take whatever medications you normally take for Nerve problems or RLS.
    3- The Gambler. Hands around a snifter of Henessey XO or even better a vintage old port that England has stashed away.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I take serax(oxazepam) 30 mg and it makes me sleep for up to 12 hours sometimes. zopiclone also worked for me. This oxazepam put me to sleep in my chair twice and ended up on the floor. I should know better one hour after I'm asleep. It makes me snore though but sometimes it's worth the pill. I also have vivid dreams at times. Good luck and hope you can get some decent sleep. I used to go to work on 3 hours of sleep. No wonder my back gave out on me. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • May the day when everyone is able to sleep through the night hopefully comes soon. I had days like that after surgery - felt painful and tired but can't sleep. I would walk to the kitchen, around the house, and up and down the stairs. Heck, I could just jump on the treadmill and walk. I'd drink a cup of hot water or warm milk, walked till 3 a.m., and then wiped myself dry, then head back to sleep or exhausted out at the recliner. No meds helped me at all.
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