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I was diagnosed with asthma and emphysema in 1994 (over 50% decreased capacity with good (98%) oxygen levels).  I am a 44 year old female.  In 2005, I started having trouble staying asleep at night (fully waking up between 1:30am and 3:00am, no matter what time I went to bed)and severe body cramps multiple times during the day.  However, in September of 2006 and after gaining over 30 pounds in the last year and a half (I am 5'9" and now 165 pounds), I decided that one of my meds might be causing the weight gain and stopped talking them (Elavil, Restoril, Flexeril and Vicodin).

I also have 3 "spots" on my lungs that they've been watching with 6 month CT scans for the past year, an irregular rapid heartbeat, Hashimoto's Syndrome, low blood pressure and chronic migraines.  I've grown accustomed to these symptoms and they really aren't a big deal.

What is really kicking my butt is the lack of sleep since September.  A friend of mine suggested talking to my pulm. doc. about supplemental oxygen to see if that helps.  But, I kinda feel like a whiner if I ask.  And, I didn't mention that I am also a recovering addict/alcoholic with 15 years clean and sober.  Therefore, I am not real comfortable being dependant upon pills to solve my sleep problem - that's one of the reasons why I stopped taking them too.

I realize that without my full medical history, you really can't determine what the problem is.  My question is, do you feel that supplemental oxygen would be of any benefit?  Would it be worthwhile to discuss this with my doctors?

Thanks for any input,

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149081 tn?1242397832
I absolutely say YES- extra oxygen would be a tremendous benefit. Never hesitate to talk to your MD if you are having a problem.

My mom has emphysema- she also had 2 spots removed from her left lung 1 year ago.When she has trouble sleeping she puts her oxygen on and she sleeps like a baby.

Good Luck
144586 tn?1284666164
Try .3 mg of melatonin (a non-presciprtion hormone) at 9 P.M. every night. And exposure of your eyes to bright sunlight for 45 minutes between 6 A.M. and 9 A.M. in the morning.
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