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Old 07-12-2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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Night Terrors

Ok guys, I have been having these very rarely for years. Mild ones were I might feel like I'm falling and wake up suddenly, pretty common stuff. About two years ago, I got very bad Health and Social Anxiety due to some issues I was having that I thought were worse than they actually were (turned out I was hypothyroid and had high blood pressure), anyways, during that time I was put on Lexapro, which totally killed the anxiety but caused major weight gain and made me not worry about anything stopped it after about 9-10 months. Anxiety started back up 3 months later also feeling depressed. Asked the doc to try me on Wellbutrin (didn't increase anxiety, but didnt get rid of it). So I stopped the WB. I am currently medication free as I don't like to feel like I am in chains if that makes sesne. I feel I can handle my issues through exercise and healthy eating.

Anyways, about 4 months prior to my health and social anxiety starting my night terrors started getting more frequent and a lot worse. They are not constant and unpredictable. I can go weeks without having them or I can have them 3 days in a row. I only usually have 1 a night. They started like I said from when I was young feeling like I am falling. Now I keep waking up to the thought of somone hovering over my bed. Sometimes I jump up swinging, sometimes I throw my pillows, sometimes I just wake up quivering, sweating and my heart pounding. I am just curious if anxiety and stress can cause this, or could it by my thyroid and bp. Or could it be the Armour Thryoid I take or the Avapro. It's really getting annoying. I am going to bring it up to my doctor when I see him in 3 weeks.

The only other thing I could think of is I do tend to drink a little on the weekends. But the majority of these always happen during the week.

 
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Re: Night Terrors

Greetings Scottyg354!! This is not a promise of a cure and a professional could do a sleep study if desired. However I would avoid all alcohol as withdrawal from it can cause hallucinations it also washes the brain destroying its cells and removing judgement, that is why car accidents happen and lives are lost. I would also avoid eating late at night as eating late can cause bad dreams also. The last meal should be several hours before bedtime. Peace, sjb

 
Old 07-13-2012, 12:52 PM   #3
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Re: Night Terrors

I find eating right and working out regularly does wonders for my sleep quality. I had serious sleep problems (similar to what you mention) for years. It took two decades, but I tracked it down to food allergies, sleep apnea, and endocrine issues. I'm a fairly fit guy and regularly hit the gym and cycle long-distance, so it had nothing to do with being a couch potato or even light drinking.

The docs love to just hit you with pills and have you pay your copay on the way out the door. That's how I managed to go without a diagnosis for 20 years. I'd recommend pushing deeper for answers as nobody else is going to do it for you.

 
Old 07-24-2012, 09:43 PM   #4
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Re: Night Terrors

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Originally Posted by scottyg354 View Post
Ok guys, I have been having these very rarely for years. Mild ones were I might feel like I'm falling and wake up suddenly, pretty common stuff. About two years ago, I got very bad Health and Social Anxiety due to some issues I was having that I thought were worse than they actually were (turned out I was hypothyroid and had high blood pressure), anyways, during that time I was put on Lexapro, which totally killed the anxiety but caused major weight gain and made me not worry about anything stopped it after about 9-10 months. Anxiety started back up 3 months later also feeling depressed. Asked the doc to try me on Wellbutrin (didn't increase anxiety, but didnt get rid of it). So I stopped the WB. I am currently medication free as I don't like to feel like I am in chains if that makes sesne. I feel I can handle my issues through exercise and healthy eating.

Anyways, about 4 months prior to my health and social anxiety starting my night terrors started getting more frequent and a lot worse. They are not constant and unpredictable. I can go weeks without having them or I can have them 3 days in a row. I only usually have 1 a night. They started like I said from when I was young feeling like I am falling. Now I keep waking up to the thought of somone hovering over my bed. Sometimes I jump up swinging, sometimes I throw my pillows, sometimes I just wake up quivering, sweating and my heart pounding. I am just curious if anxiety and stress can cause this, or could it by my thyroid and bp. Or could it be the Armour Thryoid I take or the Avapro. It's really getting annoying. I am going to bring it up to my doctor when I see him in 3 weeks.

The only other thing I could think of is I do tend to drink a little on the weekends. But the majority of these always happen during the week.
This sounds like too much T3 hormone which is in your Armour Thyroid. I took if for 15 yrs and got off of it and now take Synthyroid that's just T4. My heart would pound and race and I'd be up all night. Check it out. Have your doc do a TSH test and a T3 test. And sometimes the T3 will be within the normal range and you may still be having this reaction. I did get off the T3 very, very slowly though. Keep posted.

 
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