So like all of you, I am in pain. I am in a lot of pain. I have a high pain tolerance. You may have heard my story so I will incorporate cliff notes for this conversation. I was in a bad accident, my foot was caught in a ladder as I was falling 20 ft., my foot snapped off. Every thing except a little skin and a vein. On the pin scale, that was a 9. I figured it could have been a 10 but I have always imagined I could feel more pain. When I fell I landed on my back. I could not sit for several months. They said there was nothing wrong. I thought the fact I could not sit on my butt was a strong sign. Then after that, different medical problems came on as I was confined to bed and home. That situation contributed to me gaining a lot of weight. Several years pass, they say that it is fibromyalgia. But my temperature raises at times, and my body feels like I have the influenza. I now have severe arthritis 8 places and the bones appear to be breaking down rapidly.
I always slept on my right side with my arm extended up and my head on top of my arm. But now I have a tore rotator cuff and the ball joint is bone on bone on bone. That pain to is a 7/10. So I changed sides. That was hard and uncomfortable. It still is. The pain in my back is still there from my accident but has changed. I am sorry to be graphic. But we are speaking medically. But a nerve from my spine is like going directly down into my testicle. So so far, I can lay on my right side. I can't lay on my on my back. I have obstructive sleep apnea. I also have central sleep apnea. So I can't sleep on my stomach with a mask on. So I am left with just my left side. Putting pressure on that one side all night. So because of pain. I usually go to bed about 1 or 2 A.M. I get about 4 hours and that is it for the bed. I will fall asleep in the chair for 15 minute here and there. The scariest thing and it is becoming regular. At least every other night. I am seriously terrified that I a m going to break my neck. I get out of bed because I can't take the pain from being in pain for being in bed. But now I will have to do something. Because of being so tired, I forget what I am supposed to be doing. I will stand and think and half and hour will pass or other times I am sleeping while standing up. I have fallen four times. I fall asleep standing up at least every night. I usually wake up because my knees start to buckle.
What I am looking for because I am imagining that sleep must be difficult for many of us with pain. So if you have found some type of ritual that helps you. Maybe a supplement. I have already tried melatonin. Just anything that has helped you increase your ability to sleep after developing the problem with pain. This would really mean a lot to me and may be helpful to others. Thanks in advance for whatever advice you give. I hope that you all were all feeling as best as it was possible for you to feel today.