I have had to take sleep meds since the age of 12 and I'm now 57, so my sleep meds have to be strong! I now take Ambien CR and 30mg of restoril together. I'm seeing a new doctor and he is hesitant to prescribe this much medication even when I told him I can't sleep with this, I need a med change.
He told me this was too much and I was being overdosed, which I don't feel is the case. it's either these drugs or stay awake until I end up on a hospital!
I am going to a renowned hospital (I finally found) for help with chronic insomnia, but until then, I need something to sleep.
Do you know the cause of your sleep problems?
I think the drugs you are taking are only meant for short term relief.
I think finding and treating the underlying cause of your insomnia is really the way to go.
It has taken me FOREVER to find a doctor who treats insomnia. Everytime I find a "sleep" doctor, it's to take a sleep study, and I've had six of them. I went to all these doctors and asked them if they knew of any doctors that actually treated insomnia and NO ONE DID! Finally, I found one myself on the internet, so I actually have an appointment on the first! I have PTSD really bad and I was raped repeatedly when I was a child for many years, and I am afraid to go to sleep. I know that I have a fear of sleeping and when I start to drift off I wake up in stark terror, it scares me, I feel like I'm dying.
Has your doctor ever said you are suffering from depression and/or anxiety disorder?
You may find more relief from your symptoms from antidepressants. They help with sleep problems too Counseling and therapy will benefit you too.
I imagine you have been thru all this but I felt it worth suggesting.
It sounds like you have been thru a lot in your lifetime and managed thru it.
How have you done it until now?
Been there, done that, and won't do it again! I have too many side effects from antidepressants. I am doing EMDR treatments, and they are working wonders for my PTSD, just the sleep is a problem and my therapist doesn't do sleep!
How have I done it? Therapy, shock treatments, drugs, you name it, I've been there. I truly have found that the EMDR treatments have benefitted me the most, though. Years ago when they used to dole out drugs like candy, I became heavily addicted and won't take them anymore. Plus, I had some serious side effects. I also think that drugs just mask the problem (in my case), they don't solve them.
There are times I didn't "manage" through all the problems, suicide was an alternative twice in my life. I actually succeeded once, but the EMT's gave me that shot in my heart and got me going again, and I was on life support for awhile and in a coma, but, I FOOLED THEM!!!
Looks like we have a few things in common.
I've had therapy, shock treatment, countless medicines, etc.
I 'dropped dead' at home 4 years ago and was 'shocked' back by the EMT's. I was on life support for 2 weeks and in the hospital for over 2 months. Oh fond memories. :-) Actually I have few memories of most of it. It was a miracle to everyone but me. I never attempted suicide but believe me I wished for the 'express checkout' all my adult life. It wasn't meant to be!
For sure we do have different problems but maybe a lot of the same symptoms.
You are quite right about medication. In my case all they can do is mask my problems and they sure don't correct them. But I'll take having them masked as much as possible if that's all I can get. They have helped me live as normal a life as I could have ever expected and I'd have done myself in over 25 years ago without them. But eveyone's different and there is quite a range of opinions as to how to improve. I guess that's because the symptoms are what we really share in common. The 'causes' are what really differ.
In any case I can really relate to insomnia. I can list half a dozen symptoms that I would rank as 'the worst'. Insomnia would no doubt be the top of the list but it was the FIRST one that medication relieved for me and It relieved it quickly, Otherwise my life would have turned out differently for sure.
I was thinking last night how dumb of me not to metion the medication that virtually solved my sleep problems to you. I take it so religiously I rarely give it a second thought Why not discuss it with your doctor...it's TRAZADONE. See..
It was the only one at the time that I could take with a MAO Inhibitor
(Sorry, for some reason I got kicked out of my message before completing.)
I understand your reluctance to take medication, but yo do take 2 types of sleeping pills and to me that's pretty 'heavy duty' in itself. :-)
I think you have many experiences and could contribute a great deal to those of us on the anxiety and depression forums. I for one would like to hear more about EMDR and your experience with it. The 'sleep disorder' forum is a bit 'sleepy' compared to the others.
Good luck and be well.
Can't take trazadone, it really gives me horrible side effects, believe me, I've tried them. Tried amyltriptiline, too, but I've been on such heavy duty junk for so long, that I literally need "knock out" pills. It's SO SAD!!! I hate this worse than anything, and I am really hoping that this clinic in Boulder can help me. They do biofeedback and whatever, but they actually treat the problem, not just give you another "sleep study."
I cannot believe what a serious problem and widespread problem this is, and how many doctors dismiss it and are reluctant to help you, I got a new doctor and he doesn't want to prescribe me any sleep meds. I asked him what he expected me to do, end up in the hospital from hallucinating from no sleep?
Then, I have asked A TON OF DOCTORS, "THEN TELL ME WHAT TO DO?",and NONE of them had any answers. Literally, I found this renowned sleep doctor and this renowned sleep clinic on my own on the internet! That is a SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS, considering there are articles out there in every medical journal telling doctors the hazards of lack of sleep. Nobody seems to want to educate themselves or address the problem.
Glad the trazadone works for you, and pray that I get some help the first!
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