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Old 07-10-2004, 09:29 AM   #1
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Need Sleep

I really would like to know if anyone here has any suggestions as to how to get a good night's sleep. My new rheumy put me on a medication however it take awhile to kick in. Meanwhile I am getting very little sleep. My major problem is falling asleep. Once I get there I will sleep restless but at least I sleep. I am finding now that I am dreading the evenings. Never knowing what this night will bring. I do drink herbal tea (sleepytime) but it also may or may not work. Thanks, Sleepless in Maryland

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Old 07-10-2004, 10:53 AM   #2
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Re: Need Sleep

You might try having your dr refer you to a local sleep lab for testing. Many sleep disorders that I have found made my fibro worse, were diagnosed when I was sent for testing. For instance, I have sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder and alpha wave intrusion disorder, all which seriously impared my ability to get any quality of sleep at all. Before I went to the sleep lab, I was totally ignorant that these disorders existed, for so many yrs drs blamed my sleep on fibro. I still have fibro, but with the help of local sleep lab, can now get some better quality and quantity of sleep, which helps fibro a great deal.

Just a suggestion, you may not have any of these problems, just thought I'd share my experience. Good luck.
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Old 07-11-2004, 06:14 AM   #3
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Re: Need Sleep

Thanks, Jen I do know that I have restless legs. My new rheumy did mention about doing sleep testing. I appreciate your reply. Take care, Jackie

Old 07-11-2004, 01:48 PM   #4
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Re: Need Sleep

I do too have trouble sleeping I found a dr that just deals with fibro and chronic fatigue she has me taking all natural pill for sleep 1 is peaceful nights and the other is Melatonin I was taking 3 of each at bed time and about 2 days later they really kicked in but my hole problem was a 1/2 hr after taking them I was out like a lite and yes I got the sleep I need but I didnt hear a thing the hole night which makes me kinda nervious because I didnt hear if my daughter needed me and I really didnt like that.So the dr suggested that I take 1 of each and that works fine for me get 6-8 hours now but my legs and back still kill me in the morning. So I guess Ill take the pain so I can sleep. Now this pills I found out I can get at my chiro too which saves alot of money when we can use insurance.
Where do I find out about a sleep center to be tested my legs and back hurt so bad by morning and they said it was just because of fibro and my back problems?
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Old 07-11-2004, 02:25 PM   #5
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Re: Need Sleep

Hi Singerja--

I was on a couple of different sleeping meds the last two years (Ambien and Sonata). After doing some reading I asked the rheumatologist to change it to Elavil. Well-he did and I'm sleeping better. However-----

I also take 5-HTP and magnesium at night, so I know that helps.

The combination of those two with the Elavil is working for this diagnosed insomniac (sleep study twice).

Good luck and I hope you find a magical formula right for you.


Old 07-12-2004, 07:08 AM   #6
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Re: Need Sleep

Hi There,

I take Ambien occasionally, Melatonin, Valerian, gallon jugs of wine and a big fat joint! Ok just kidding, hope I didn't offend anybody but I couldn't resist. Just thinking the word wine makes me nauseous. I can't drink with the IBS and such.

I switch around between Melatonin and Valerian because things seem to lose affect on me quickly with daily use.

Hope that helps and made some of you laugh - Andy

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