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What pill do you, or have you used to help you sleep

davidmddavidm Posts: 32
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:57 AM in Sleep Problems
Before I had all my pain, and problems problems, like I do now, I had problems sleeping I was up to 300mg of Trazodone a night. I didn't like it, it made my heart beat very fast. I will not take it again. I also tried Lunesta, which worked okay except It left a metal taste in my mouth for about 12 hours or so.

I have a very high tolerance to medication.

I am currently taking Ambien 10mg 1 a night, and it really doesn't do anything. I haven't taken it in a few nights.

What do you use for sleep? How does it work?

I have problems both falling asleep and staying asleep.

Has anyone tried Ambien CR? OR? I'm open to suggestions, on things to try.

I have tried over the counter sleep aids and they don't work on me.

I'm seeing my PA this Thursday, and would like to have some idea's to suggest to him, on what to try.

If you could give me your opinion/ experience I would really appreciate it.


  • I also meant to say that if I get 4 hours of sleep a night it's a lot. Most of the time I get 4 hours of sleep a day, and around the 4th or 5th day of being so tired, I almost pass out and sleep for about 8 hours or so. I know I'm not getting enough sleep.
  • But I also suffer the 4 hour syndrome. Even with the pills, I most ofter sleep only 4 hours max, then I'm back to the computer on SH.
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  • many of us on here get very little sleep due to our pain ..since my last operation years ago {5} i have only had 2 hours per night and that's with medication temazepam 20/30 mg a night ..then the pain wins and wakes me ..if its pain that's waking you up then is doubtful than any sleeping meds will be of any real help .getting as comfy as possible like using memory foam pillows {one for your head a shaped one and good make is worth every penny and a generic one like a normal shape pillow can help if you put in between your knees .
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • Like the others, a "good night's sleep" for me is 4 hours on average, but there are nights I sneak a wee bit more in. Ambien (don't call the dose) and I seem to get along so far. Chta again soon.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I personaly dont like the idea of having to take meds for sleep,

    Its bad enough we have to take them for pain, muscle spazms and many other reasons,

    Pain can alter a persons life, pain all day might force us to take naps during the day which will cause sleep issues at nite, been there done that,

    Lack of sleep always made my condition worse, Hardest thing was to force myself to stay away from taking a nap during the daytime hours and forcing myself to do more activity no mater how bad the pain might be,

    When you force yourself to the limit each day, especialy outdoor activity of any kind in the fresh air, by the end of the day 10 pm or by 11 pm i crash and get some sleep just to do it again the next day,

    Its not easy to do this for anyone in chronic pain, and i of course sit or lay down during the day many times but not for very long, and fight the naping feeling,

    Unless you had sleep issues even before your pain issues then the lack of activity might explain it,

    Once we are out of work and our body cant tell if its day or nite because every day is the same fighting the same old pain.

    I think with some of us we have to adjust our life even if we cant work back to doing any kind of activity just as to when we had to work all day and sleep at nite,

    Only time i dont hurt is when i am sleeping, without burning up every ounce of energy in me during the day doing whatever, even if i have to crawl around on my knees picking up bread crums untill i pass out,

    I just dont know if relying on medication is the best answer for everyone even for sleep,
    If its from lack of activity posibly, i dont know,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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  • Like the others, a "good night's sleep" for me is 4 hours on average, but there are nights I sneak a wee bit more in. Ambien (don't recall the dose) and I seem to get along so far. Chat again soon.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I'm also in the 4-5 hours of sleep club. Sometimes more, sometimes less, yet rarely wake refreshed.
    Sleep meds usually leave you feeling dopey, and may not lead to proper deep sleep.
    I'm using melatonin each night, and keep up with my pain killers.
    Waking after just a few hours is very common as we age, and getting a full 8 hours or so is just not going to happen.
    You can get by on much less, and if you really need to sleep you will.
  • My old pm doc had prescribed me Ambien about a year ago, and it was fantastic! I actually slept for 6 to 8 hrs rather than the 2 to 4 I get without it. But you really do need a half hour to an hour when you wake up to "get going" because it leaves you a little groggy, and for me at least, xtremely grumpy.

    I'm actually going to ask new pm doc to put me back on it, cause this no sleep crapola on top of being in pain is not cool.
  • magnesium can also be used with melatonin to make up some natural supplements for sleep.. be sure and speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using.. i use music to help me doze off at night for a few hours.. it really helps me to relax and deal with my pain!! good luck to you! Jenny :)
  • I know exactly what you mean. I usually get about 3 hours per night and traditional sleep meds do nothing for the insomnia.

    Right now, in addition to Morphine, Ibuprofen, and Flexeril, I am taking 1 mg of Ativan at night to help me sleep. It seems to work well and has upped my sleeping time to 4 or 5 hours. (I should note that any longer than 6 hours in a bed will leave me in excruciating pain and unable to walk for a few days, so this works for me).

    Of course, it seems like any meds we take to help us sleep *seem* to work for a little while and then stop, then we have to find something else that will help.

    Although I am not in a position to do it right now, I have found in the past that a regular sleeping routine that is relaxing and stress-free helps me the most. I also try not to eat or drink anything within 3 hours of my bedtime, except a sip of water to take meds.

    The biggest problem I am having right now is that I cannot stay awake during the day and often have to force myself to stay awake even to drive! It is very scary and, when I do doze off during the day, it is not a restful nap. In fact, I have many times been dreaming but awake at the same time, even watching the same TV show as my family. I feel paralyzed and become scared because I cannot wake up or move. Finally, with a great effort, I am able to wake myself up.

    Does anybody else do this? And is it normal with chronic insomnia like we have?
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