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No sleep
Jun 4, 2008
I did not sleep again last night.

I have been having trouble sleeping for the last 15 years of my life.
I take Elavil 75mg for my depression.

I feel like I am having another emotional breakdown. I feel so much hurt and pain in pit of my stomach.

I feel like there is not much hope left this morning.

bodie
Re: No sleep
Jun 4, 2008
Bodie,

I know EXACTLY what you're going through. I am sorry you are not sleeping and that the Elavil is not helping with your sleep. I took that same dosage for many years, but it eventually stopped working for me as well and I stopped sleeping....had to find something else to help.

Is your doctor the type who will try things "off label" to help you sleep? I have had success with many things, including Phenergan, which is an anti-nausea medication (the generic is promethazine). It seems to really help me with my raging insomnia.

I've also tried Topamax, which worked for quite a while and had the side benefit of weight loss, at least for the first few months I was on it.

Lyrica, which I was on for nerve pain, made me sleep all the time, but I had to stop due to severe side effects.

Ambien CR seems to help keep me asleep, though I need the Phenergan with it in order to fall asleep.

I hope this is helpful. I have lots of other tips and things I have tried. Please hang in there. You WILL sleep again. You just have to find that magical concoction that works for you. Try not to stress about it (I know, easier said than done). Get some aromatherapy stuff and take a really hot bath about 90 minutes before bed. It will raise your body temperature slightly, then, as it falls, you (allegedly) become sleepy....because that's what the body does as it prepares for sleep (the body temperature falls.) If you have some one there with you, have them give you a back rub, or head rub, whichever gets you more relaxed. I also have a padded mask with nature sounds that helps to lull me to sleep and keeps out the light in the morning. You can hook the mask up to music or any other source that you find relaxing.

I know that many sleep experts dictate that for proper sleep hygiene, if you're not sleeping, you should not be in your bed. I disagree with this philosophy because, if I'm not in bed, I definitely won't fall asleep. I must remain in bed so that when the time comes that I do eventually fall asleep, I'm there and can stay asleep. I don't know what works for you, but that's my take on it, after 17 years of chronic insomnia. I'm sure not going to fall asleep sitting on my sofa, reading. :jester:

Bodie, I'll definitely add you to my prayers and will be hoping sleep returns to you soon. I'll be happy to share my experiences with you if you're interested. Try not to worry. If you don't have a great doctor, find another one. Don't give up. It will get better, I promise!

Blessings,
:angel:TexMom
Re: No sleep
Jun 4, 2008
bodie,

Although elavil is sometimes prescribed to help people with depression and with sleep problems, it can cause sleep problems (insomnia and nightmares, for example) in some people. Keep in mind that side effects can occur for the first time years after taking a medication. And it can take hours/days/weeks for side effects to disappear after discoing a med.

If you and your doctors haven't considered the elavil, you might want to do some research about it.

Bethsheba
Re: No sleep
Jun 4, 2008
Thanks for your prayers and comments.

I am now looking for a new pyschiatrist to see . My primary care physician is who suggested Elavil. I have only taken it for about 2 monts.

I called him today and doesn't understand why I am not sleeping but did call in Lunesta 2mg for me to take until I see him on friday.

I think I will take your suggestions to him.

I am real leary of doctors and meds. because of the addictiont to Klonipan. But I will try..

Thanks so much for your input. It means a great deal.

Bodie

[QUOTE=TexMom85;3595275]Bodie,

I know EXACTLY what you're going through. I am sorry you are not sleeping and that the Elavil is not helping with your sleep. I took that same dosage for many years, but it eventually stopped working for me as well and I stopped sleeping....had to find something else to help.

Is your doctor the type who will try things "off label" to help you sleep? I have had success with many things, including Phenergan, which is an anti-nausea medication (the generic is promethazine). It seems to really help me with my raging insomnia.

I've also tried Topamax, which worked for quite a while and had the side benefit of weight loss, at least for the first few months I was on it.

Lyrica, which I was on for nerve pain, made me sleep all the time, but I had to stop due to severe side effects.

Ambien CR seems to help keep me asleep, though I need the Phenergan with it in order to fall asleep.

I hope this is helpful. I have lots of other tips and things I have tried. Please hang in there. You WILL sleep again. You just have to find that magical concoction that works for you. Try not to stress about it (I know, easier said than done). Get some aromatherapy stuff and take a really hot bath about 90 minutes before bed. It will raise your body temperature slightly, then, as it falls, you (allegedly) become sleepy....because that's what the body does as it prepares for sleep (the body temperature falls.) If you have some one there with you, have them give you a back rub, or head rub, whichever gets you more relaxed. I also have a padded mask with nature sounds that helps to lull me to sleep and keeps out the light in the morning. You can hook the mask up to music or any other source that you find relaxing.

I know that many sleep experts dictate that for proper sleep hygiene, if you're not sleeping, you should not be in your bed. I disagree with this philosophy because, if I'm not in bed, I definitely won't fall asleep. I must remain in bed so that when the time comes that I do eventually fall asleep, I'm there and can stay asleep. I don't know what works for you, but that's my take on it, after 17 years of chronic insomnia. I'm sure not going to fall asleep sitting on my sofa, reading. :jester:

Bodie, I'll definitely add you to my prayers and will be hoping sleep returns to you soon. I'll be happy to share my experiences with you if you're interested. Try not to worry. If you don't have a great doctor, find another one. Don't give up. It will get better, I promise!

Blessings,
:angel:TexMom[/QUOTE]





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