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I wanted your opinions on nightmares......

I am dealing with really bad daily chronic pain I had an injury at work and had herniated L5-S1 I had a discectomy at L5-S1 and the pain has never really changed I think at times the leg pain has been getting worse to a point where it is so high that it makes me feel sick to my stomach. I am having horrible times getting to sleep at night I feel that the pain and daily activities just seems to pile on more and more pain as the day goes on and that in turn that causes the dark emotions and the vicious cycle just keeps going on and on, for a while now I am having nightmares every night I go to sleep I am fighting in my sleep and at times am sleep walking to a point where I have to be woke up by my loved one in a panic. Now I talk to my councillor about this stuff and she thinks I am having flash-backs I have had some things go on in my life that I find myself thinking a lot about at times when the pain is really bad and that's not normal for me cause I had chalked those bad times up as ah well life happens and that's where I will leave it, but my mind seems to be getting darker and darker with the daily pain and the lack of sleep. I get to the point where I am scared to go to sleep at night cause I am physically shaken for hours the next day from the nightmares and with the fighting in my sleep it adds to my pain and that seems to break my nightly routine up into 30 min spans of which I have these nightmares I wake up in a panic and in pain I don't know where I am for a few seconds does this happen to anybody else???? This thing is starting to make me crack I feel like I am going crazy this whole daily pain thing has left me isolated I barely see anyone but my girlfriend anymore I just don't want to lose my mind to this thing, I am afraid that I will scare her and she is ultimately the only positive thing that I have in my life at this time, I just don't know if I am alone in this thing or does everyone deal with the nightmares and horrible sleep situation.........

Please let me know what you think, thanks


  • joey
    are you taking meds? some meds cause bad dreams. i take a couple of narcotics and at times i get bad dreams. beating up people, cutting up cats, monsters chasing me on and on. i never get dreams like the hooter girls with me at the beach. all bad dreams. if not, maybe anxiety is the issue and worrying about dreams the next night maybe a self full filling proficy. see your doctor especially if meds are involved
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • Yeah I am on butrans, dilaudid, Cymbalta, and trazodone the anxiety is an issue throughout the day and I hear ya completely on the hooters girl at the beach that would be a nice change lol
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  • When I take either vicodin or valium I have some crazy vivid dreams & nightmares. I only take them when I absolutely have to which thankfully hasnt been for months. But nothing like you have described. Do some research, there are docs out there that specifically deal with that kind of stuff. Please seek one out!

    Good Luck!
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
  • no wonder you have nightmares. this is a common side effect of narcotics. when i was in the hospital i was on a piv with morphine and i had the worse most bizarre nightmares in my life. i use fenatnyl or dialaudid in my piv now and nightmares are fewer and farther in between. i can't take morphine due to nightmares so i use oxycontin and fenatnyl lollipops for breakthrough and the weird dreams are not as often. but once again,chopping people up, fighting, being chased my monsters but no hooter girls at the beach. it is weird no good dreams in the 12 years i have had them. oh well. talk to your doctor about them.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • I can identify with some of the things you are experiencing. Thankfully for me the pain to the point of feeling sick is gone. I had a fusion L4-S1, and while it did not take away all of my pain, I have not felt pain so sever that I thought I was going to yarf since then. The period just before my fusion and afterwards was one of the most difficult stretch of road I have hobbled down. I don't know what kind of "councillor" you are seeing, but maybe trying a new face may help. I requested a referral to see a Psychologist when I was at my lowest point in my journey through Painville. It did help. I have had periods of bad dreams. When they are bad I too wake up pretty freaked out and not wanting to go back to sleep. I have also woke up confused as to where I am. So the shorter version would be, yes, you are not alone. I don't know what sort of Doctor you see, but you may want to have someone take a look at your list of medications to see if the current combination are causing some of your problems. Maybe a different mix would work better for you w/less side effects. I am not medically qualified to make that judgment, I just know over the years I have worked though a few different combinations of meds to find the mix that worked best for me.
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  • I've had nightly bloodbath type dreams in the past with Trazodone.
    Lumbar laminectomy L-4/L-5, 2006
    XLIF with posterior pedicle screws L-4/L-5, 4-23-2013
  • backache99backache99 Posts: 1,314
    edited 05/24/2013 - 10:05 PM
    to the original poster
    I could have written most of your post .like jon says {terror} some narcotics will give you bad dreams .my wife tells me that I sob in my dream then I wake up .I have had many a night where I have woken from a horrific or sad dream .I asked my doctor and he says although its not nice ...its normal .with regards for your on going pain ..I am also there with you ..its hell I am 17 years down the pain line and it doesn't get any easier .I am going to a specialised pain clinic {don't know when the doctor has not yet done the referral} ..what you need to remember is when the consultant perform there operations .they have one thing to do ..and that's to make the spine shaft...ANY PAIN RELIFE IS A BONUS not a certainty .I was always under the impression that I would have my ALIF fusion and within 12 months I would be pain free and living again ..NOT SO .I am in more pain now that ever and its the worst pain I have ever had .I seem to be pain killer immune to ..so its extra hell..ONE thing and its very hard to do is MOVE YOUR BODY ..GO SWIMMING GO FOR A WALK ...ANYHTING ,I know from experience that sitting on my backside has done me no favors .if I can manage to swim my pain and mental health is improved 10 fold ..I know its the last thing you want to do when you feel like death .but in most cases it will help ,good luck
    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
  • Hi Joey,

    You are not alone in this. When my pain was at it's worse which was in the begining. I had nightmares. This is before I was on medication. I contributed it to because of the fact I was so scared and did not know what was happening to me. I woke myself up and my ex hubby by suddenly sitting up in bed and yelling "Noooo". I have heard of a sleep medication that can cause sleep walking to those who have not ever slept walk before. I take it sometimes, I have not experienced the sleep walking. I hope you find the 'cause nightmares are no fun.

  • Joey29 said:
    Yeah I am on butrans, dilaudid, Cymbalta, and trazodone the anxiety is an issue throughout the day and I hear ya completely on the hooters girl at the beach that would be a nice change lol
    Joey, you are taking some heavy duty drugs that have side effects such as what you mention. I would suggest a serious conversation with the prescribing doctor. Cymbalta and trazodone also can cause depression, suicidal ideation, nightmares. Please talk to your doctor. Is one doctor prescribing all 4 meds?
    The silent warrior against pain.

    L4-L5 Fixation/Fusion-2004
    Total Hip Replacement - Feb 2013
  • Yes they are all prescribed by my pain management physiatrist, I am going to call him this week to see if that is part of what is going on, I know that the trazodone says that nightmares can be a side effect well thats what I have read anyway...
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