If that doesn’t help, you can try OTC melatonin or diphenhydramine (benadryl). You can buy these inexpensively at Walgreen’s, Kmart, etc. Additionally, your doctor might Rx something like Ambien to help you through situational insomnia; hope it doesn’t bother you for too long--
Jay, its pretty clear from your posts that you are experiencing a lot of anxiety. I can relate, that makes it really hard to sleep. I find Ativan (lorazepam) is very helpful for when I need to shut my brain up (I like the way you put that) so I can sleep. When you see the doctor tomorrow, tell him/her about this problem and ask for a prescription. Its not something you should take every day but it works really well for those times when you just cannot stop worrying.
Good luck tomorrow. Try not to borrow trouble, plenty of people work through this treatment.
I advise you not to rush into a decision about speaking to your employer until after you have a treatment plan with your doctor. You do not have to make all these decisions right away. There is a lot of ignorance, fear, and misinformation surrounding this disease, so think it through before you tell people.
Try not to worry any more than you can help. It will work out, and you will find a way forward, but it may not be clear all at once. You may find that the picture emerges slowly over time.
I take benadryl to help me sleep, in fact I cut it in half.
I agree with jd regarding telling the employer. I, personally, would not share this information. There is a lot of stigma surrounding this virus. I do believe you need to tell them something, Many can't go thru this without showing signs of illness. Some folks just say they are on Chemo and leave it at that.
I agree exercise helps but about week 42 of treatment I became very aware of overwhelming anxiety. (I am on wk 48 of 72) My doctor gave me a Rx for Buspar and it has made all the difference. I now can settle down and rest. I wish I had started it earlier. For a few weeks there, I felt like I was on a caffeine high. Not a good feeling!
thanks nygirl for reply....i have a close friend at work i trust that knows...problem is i work for a pharmacy and have to use their insurance to get meds...my boss or rx sup could look up what im taking and figure out whats wrong...but its against the law to do that...i like ur excuse if i have to use it...
I told my employer that I was going to be on chemo and didn't really want to go into the particulars. Of course, everyone now assumes that I had cancer. But anyway. I still think that in my case its probably for the best.
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