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Hashimoto's Thyroiditis/Hypothyroidism/Insomnia

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis/Hypothyroidism on May 22, 2008.  I am being treated with the medication Levoxyl 112mcg right now.  June the 19th I return to the doctor for blood work to test my thyroid.  Since May 22, 2008 I am having problems sleeping.  I have insomnia.  First it started with me being able to go to sleep and later I would wake up around 5:00am in the morning every day.   Then it got worse were now I can not sleep on my own at all.  I am having to take sleeping pills to sleep.  I tried Ambien, Ambien CR, Lunesta, and amitriptyline.  Each medicine would only let me sleep for four hours a night.  So I am taking the Lunesta right now.  But it is very hard functioning during the day as I am very fatigued.  My body previously was use to getting 8 hours of sleep a day.  Do you know of any other medicines that would  help with longer sleep?  How long does it usually take for the sleep to return on its own?  I would rather being sleeping on my own.  Any suggestions or  help you can provide is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time.

Sheila
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The med for thyroid can cause insomnia.

Ask for repeat bloodwork to see where your TSH is now I'd suggest.

I have insomnia, too, when my TSH is not right for me.

It is a fine line balance b/t helping you feel better and your thyroid health vs. insomnia, anxiety, depression depending on the med dose.

WELCOME to the COMMUNITY!

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I would be careful about taking sleep medicines with Hashimotos. Most sleep medications you are not suppose to take with an autoimmune disorder. I have a sleep problems too and I have Hashis also. I have tried taking the herb chamomile in tablet form..it seems to help some.
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I have had Hashimot's for 10 years now and take 200 mcg synthroid. I don't have a problem sleeping, but when  wake up in the morning I am exhausted.  My endo is sending me to a sleep disorder specialist. Instead of taking the sleep meds, have you tried to drink some warm milk with a little choc. (just to give it flavor) and a couple tylenols?  They knock me out within an hour when I can't sleep.
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i had a deadly insomnia, not sleeping at all and those antibodies were quite high until they detected that i had hashimoto. Taking levothyroxine 100 and i have improved, antibodies still high but my tsh, t3 and t4 all time ok, i guess is matter of time. meanwhile i took tegretol for some months, i began to sleep fine, i guess some anxiety due to antibodies. Anyway u should ask to your doctor. I weaned off tegretol as well and i take it when i really need it, even relieves my low back pain and when i feel anxious. I have low back pain from time to time, foot pain. Also i can not exercise strongly because i get nervous for some days and i found out on the net that it is due to the thyroid...
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I have Hashimoto's and my Endo prescribed Lunesta 2 for me, I sleep better than I did without them, I still do not sleep a full 8 hrs like I used to, but sometimes I get 7, most case 6, I was not aware of any interactions with Hashi' sufferers, But if bunny235 can paste a link to where the article is, I would be interested in checking that out, I checked drugs ******* and could find no warnings for Hashi's/Lunesta. Good Luck FTB4
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