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Sleeping tips with pain

Oct 13, 2017 11:42 PM

Hey guys,

It takes me around 4 hours to fall asleep and i just lay in silence while my boyfriend is fast asleep next to me. He complains he doesn't sleep, but i am up most of the night and i can clearly tell he is sleeping. He doesn't understand what i go through every night trying to get an hour or 2 of sleep.
I am tired of just laying here praying for sleep to come. I have tried the meditation, which rarely works because my mind always goes back to the pain. I have searched the internet for regular ways for healthy people to get sleep like read a book and stuff. They don't work for me. I was hoping people would share how they may have found ways to get to sleep with all the pain.

Oct 14, 2017 4:15 PM

Hey there. I also struggle a lot with pain and sleeping😓 and that makes the pain worse the next day! I use a sleeping tablet. It really does knock me out completely. I will find out the name and send it in the morning.

I know it differs from person to person, but generally speaking medicine also doesn't work for me. Just this sleeping tablet. So I mean maybe u can try it if you haven't already. They use it in our hospitals here in South Africa.

If you are not taking other medicine maybe a glass of red wine will help you when you are desperate🙈

I am so sorry for you and hope you can find a way to sleep at least 6-8 hours a night!🌷🌸 just know we are all fighting this sleeping battle with you! 💜

Oct 14, 2017 4:40 PM

While not technically meant for sleep, Gravol is a known sedative.

Oct 15, 2017 8:59 AM

Melatonin and 5-HTP is what I use before bed. If I forget to take it, I sleep much worse. That’s how I know it’s helping me a little. I also use lavender essential oil (no fake perfume fragrance) and pressure points. What works for one person might not work for another. Meds make me feel way worse, not better. So I opt to use natural methods. You’re not alone.

Oct 15, 2017 10:00 AM

I will have to try these and see what works best. Unfortunately i have to stick with my meds because the cost is under $10 USD a month where getting natural remedies costs a lot more where i live and i can just afford cheap solutions at the moment. I would love to go all natural and i do buy natural when i have some extra money, but not often.

Oct 15, 2017 11:15 PM

I take amitriptyline for sleep. Its about $7 with my insurance. It's technically used for depression and can help nerve pain. Before I started taking it I went years without falling into an REM sleep. Most of the time I sleep through the night now. It can cause super vivid dreams though, especially at first. I hadn't dreamt in so long so the first 2 weeks of taking it the dreams were really freaking me out. I would have dreams that felt so real. Like one were I dreamt I woke up went to the bathroom looked in the mirror and all of me teeth were gone I could feel it too. It was really weird. The weird dreams have definitely died down though

Oct 15, 2017 11:58 PM

Amitriptyline will work but if you take it nightly take it several hours before you want to pass out. But be prepared you could be a zombie after waking up. Also if you take it nightly it can turn off your brain signal telling you you are full after you eat. The first time I ever took it, within a month I gained 15 pounds. But if your brain will not shut down another one is desprimine. These are older antidepressant that have been tried and proven with less side effects. Also, both cause dry mouth which your dentist will help you with. I am taking the amitriptyline for genital nerve pain, but I do not take daily or it will not help w the nerve pain. You want to take the lowest dose, and may be able to cut them in half. Other than that try a lavender e oil that can be digested to rub on one foot, mix it with vitamin e oil. One drop of lavender to 3 or 4 drops of other oil. Then after you rub it on you foot pat the sides of your neck with any residue left on hands.

Oct 16, 2017 6:06 PM

I take ativan at bedtime. Works great

Oct 16, 2017 6:51 PM

I haven't been able to sleep for years without taking something. I take Ambien now.

Nov 09, 2017 7:12 PM

I take ambien too, I tried trazadone because my dr wanted to start slowly with meds for sleeping since I’m already on a few other meds. The trazadone didn’t do a thing for me, but the ambien works pretty well most nights. On my really bad pain days I have even taken a half of one just to escape the pain for a couple hours.

Nov 09, 2017 10:36 PM

Do you have to get a prescription for ambien?

Nov 10, 2017 10:07 AM

Okay. I will have to talk to my doctor about it when i go back in a few weeks. I am on gabapentin which is working really well for the pain in my back, but it does not help me sleep like they told me it should.

Nov 10, 2017 6:26 PM

I used to take luenesta that would keep me asleep. But now I take melatonin and that helps me fall asleep. I only take the luenesta when I know I won't sleep.

Nov 12, 2017 5:21 AM

Have you tried the headspace app? You can download free 10 min sessions. I have trained myself to fall asleep with this and now am rarely awake by the end of first few minutes. Play over until you fall asleep. It empties your mind. No side effects! Alcohol and opioids disrupt natural sleep.

Nov 12, 2017 8:47 AM

There are also a large variety of meditations on you tube. Search for sleep meditations to Fall asleep to

Nov 12, 2017 10:23 AM

I have tried various sleeping apps, but headphones hurt my ears and i dont want to disrupt my boyfriends sleep. I got this book with meditations and it has a section for sleep and that works simetimes, but when the pain is super bad i cant serm to focus on the meditation as much. I dont drink and i only take my birth control, meloxicam, and gabapentin. I have heard a lot of goid things about melatonin. I think i will try that next.

Nov 12, 2017 5:14 PM

I take my normal prescriptions at night and add magnesium and Doxepin. I also recently got a pregnancy pillow that helps to get comfortable.

Nov 12, 2017 5:35 PM

My husband hates listening to my app but it is a compromise sometimes. I usually go to bed a little earlier or play it quietly if he is there. How about a hot shower before bed? That helps my pain too.

Dec 05, 2017 8:56 AM

When I can I use medical marijuana not the CBD...that didn't work for me. Only the THC in oil form, but I can only use it when I have 12 hours free for working purposes.
If I have less time I take Amotripoline, put me right to sleep like the other stuff.
I know when it's over I usually wake up in pain..

Dec 06, 2017 2:10 AM

I hear people taking Ambien. I like Ambien too until the nightmare HAPPENED. I took Ambien for many years no problem, until I got into a deep depression(due to my RSD/CRPS) then I was sleep eating, sleep walking, blood all over the sheets- me, scar and teeth damage from a really bad fall all in my sleep; but this wasn't the worst thing being on Ambien. The worst was getting off of Ambien. You couldn't pay me a million dollars to try it again, No Way. So good luck to you, but it is good until it goes bad. I wish a Doctor, someone would have told me. So what to do now?( still have really bad sleep issues)the answer is: Melatonin(are bodies make it) and it works great!!(Let me know if you want more info).
Good Luck! Good Rest!

Dec 09, 2017 8:04 PM

Ambien is the only way I get any sleep. Sleep is my only escape from the pain, so I am so very thankful for it.

Dec 09, 2017 8:12 PM

jessiejag, I went for about 3-4 years without going into rem sleep too. I take ambien now and you are so right about the vivid dreams freaking you out after so long without dreaming! I actually had a dream similar to yours about all of my teeth falling out! Lol, that’s crazy! I still dream after being on the ambien for about 6 months now but not nearly as weird of dreams.

Dec 10, 2017 6:54 AM

I use Tylenol PM if can’t fall asleep, it usually knocks me out within the hour.

Jan 02, 2018 10:49 AM

If you're looking for ideas to go along with your meds you could try progressive muscle relaxation. A quick Google search should give you instructions. You might need to switch out your pillows and possibly your mattress. The more comfortable your body feels the easier it will be to sleep. It's also easier to fall asleep if your room temperature is cool. Your body can be warm but the air should be cooler. I had problems with this one for a long time because I need my body warm or it hurts my muscles so my room itself was hot. I have a heated mattress pad now and I'm in love with the thing. You can turn it on a while before bed and it's nice and cozy when you get in. They turn off automatically after so many hours. Works wonders for me.

Jan 02, 2018 12:44 PM

Green tea w/ prescription 😴 meds (Trazodone 100mg)

Jan 02, 2018 2:03 PM

I have been taking trazadone for years. It helps me fall asleep, but not always stay asleep. I also use an essential oil diffuser in my room with a relaxing scent that like just to help calm and relax me. I have a small meditation fountain as well. It was super cheap and is battery operated and it just runs water through a pump to keep a soft trickling noise. I try to focus on that noise instead of the pain and that sometimes helps me keep my mind clear and fall back asleep.

Jan 02, 2018 3:22 PM

Sorry to here of your troubles. I to struggle with the not sleeping because of the pain and anxiety waking me up from my sleep. Tried many medications and they didnt help but I tried CBD and it has helped. Hope you can get some rest soon.

Jan 09, 2018 10:35 PM

I trired melatonin for over a month no improvement.

Jan 12, 2018 2:56 PM

The one thing the Doctor gave me was Amotripoline...Which was an antidepressant. Worked within a couple of hours of me taking it. Also a pharmacist told me to take magnesium at night, it's supposed to help.

Jan 14, 2018 12:30 AM

My doctor increased my dosage of gabapentin saysing it shouls help me sleep, but its not. He also said if that didnt help he would put me on an antidepressant to try to help me sleep. I dont see my doctor again until feb 12th so ill have to suffer for another month before he does that.

Jan 15, 2018 8:52 PM

I tried ambient but had horrible issues with nightmares so I stopped. My doctor told me my gabapentin would help but I don't think it does. I don't dream or at least don't remember them and haven't for many years so I don't think I'm getting much rem sleep. I'm tired all day too. I sometimes take a few benadryl and that will help me fall asleep but it's not a good deep sleep. I've tried marajuana oil in a vape pen and I seemed to feel the most rested the next day but still struggled to fall asleep.

Jan 16, 2018 9:48 PM

Melatonin, magnesium, and Zzquill help some of the time

Jan 18, 2018 10:54 PM

Zzxquil helps the most but i knoe alcohol can increase pain. I have tried the non alcoholic zzzquil.

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