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Apr 07, 2008 - 8 comments
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I am online, if this is how you let people know your here ... Hows everyone doing???
sam

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by Corum, Apr 07, 2008
Glad you got a good sleep and... reading your summary - glad you're awake now and I hope you feel good.
When I've been very tired I've slept 12 hours before. Just make sure you drink plenty and do some stretches.
All the best.

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by sammijo, Apr 07, 2008
I am still very much tired ... feels as though I have not slept in weeks ... I have been sleeping for as much as 18 hours without getting up ... I am in so much pain when I do wake up , I can hardly move ... I am trying to learn more about sleeping disorders, so if you have any info that would be great ... people are really nice and try so hard to help others on here, I have been wow'ed by them ... look forward to hearing from you more ...
sam

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by Corum, Apr 07, 2008
I found this site when I hurt my back and when I laid on my bed it was agony. Even strong painkillers didn't help. For a week I could only sleep 4 hours before it was agony and this is why I'm still awake now (In England its 5am).
What I did was alternate sleeping on a spare mattress and that helped my back. Another trick I use a lot is a hot bath, and a lot of little tricks to try to distract myself from my problems and stay happy. Never feel guilty about trying to be happy.
I think the way we can make this a better world is by everyone helping each other.

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by Corum, Apr 07, 2008
Other things that can help with sleep and anxiety are long walks and stretches. I've been doing exercises as I lay in bed which seem silly but use my muscles and don't put any strain on my joints - like... feet together, feet apart, repeat. Anything that uses energy and doesnt hurt is probably good.
I can also recommend Prozac and Valium for anxiety, just try not to rely on them too heavily but they're a useful tool.
I have a friend who is bipolar, he manages pretty well most of the time. Sometimes he goes through phases where he doesnt feel like doing anything though.
I'm gonna try to sleep a little more now but I'm wondering about any known cause of your back and shoulder pain. I'll check back before I go to work (work sucks).

I hope my advice is helpful but I'm not claiming to be an expert. I know some things are harder for some people.
If you're from Alabama I miss seeing it. I went there 2 years ago, I love Lake Martin. England is so dull sometimes.

Take Care,
Corum.

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by triedeverymed, Apr 07, 2008
I haven't slept either for 2 nights. I'm tired and crying and mad and sad and blah.....When I had back problems I bought a Tempurpedic and never had a back probllem again once I got used to the bed .
What else is up sweetie?
Erin

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by Corum, Apr 08, 2008
Sometimes the time differences dont help. Its 7:45am here now and I woke up but it must be getting late in the US

Sammijo, I hope you're doing something nice and I hope we can come up with some ideas that will help with your problems. Its nice that the internet still has human beings in here who can talk to each other :)

Erin, how come you can't sleep?

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by sammijo, Apr 08, 2008
I sleep 12 to 18 hours at a time ... I do not work ...couldn't anyway... I have no life... it is getting better as far as my depression, I feel as tho I have some hope coming my way soon, in a few more days...
How are you? :)
sam

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by Corum, Apr 08, 2008
Sam,

Well I just got home from work, but don't assume that working makes me happier - compared to 12 hours ago when I posted I'm just glad I'm not still at work :)

Yes, its good to have something to do, but if only I won the lottery or found a wealthy american lady (mostly kidding) I'd never run short of things to do, and being yelled at by customers for 12 hours straight wouldn't be high on that list.  Just to put things in honest perspective; I'm so overweight that I'm not in danger of having a relationship or a social life anytime soon, and currently I get 3 calls a day from debt collectors due to all the money I've owed from before I was downsized from a good job like 5 years ago... you've been open about what problems you have and those are two of mine.

I think a *lot* about things. Depression is one of those things that is hard to understand when you haven't experienced it recently. My earliest memories of puzzling over that are when I was like 5 and I couldn't understand how, when I was very hungry, I loved all kinds of food, yet, when I was stuffed full, I hated food. Both things surely couldn't be true at the same time.
When I was 17 I was taking exams and I was feeling depressed one day and realised it was a similar sort of thing. I was on a real downer and simply couldn't understand how I hated *everything* and felt that nothing was worthwhile. I knew that feeling didn't make sense, but I couldn't shake it. Then I remembered about the hunger/full dilemma and it just clicked that I had some sort of chemical imbalance in my brain which was making the wrong answers come out when I searched my feelings. The thing about that that made me feel immediately better was that I knew that a)my conclusions (that I was worthless) were not to be trusted  and b)that when the balance shifted, the feelings would improve. Kind of like being on a rollercoaster where, no matter how scary, you know it'll get better sometime. Or like being at home and theres a blackout - the darkness in your home might seem scary, but you just have to remember its not really any different than normal, its simply that you can't see it that way *right now*.

I hope that makes sense. I know your experience isn't comparable to my teenaged angst, just trying to share what helped for me. I don't know how to solve my other problems; I've rather been counting on Britney Spears hiring me as her personal trainer - which would solve both my weight and wealth problems. :)  And yep, I still take Prozac for my depression and anxiety, so I'm really not that good at dealing with things.

Wish I could solve your sleep and back pain problems. I know it helps me cope when I can sleep. Could your back/shoulder pains be tension related? Hot baths and very gentle stretching might help. Maybe Yoga or swimming.

Hey, so whats happening in a few more days? Is it your normal up/down cycle or is there something more specific you're looking forward to? Planning for nice things in the future is always good - I've always thought a little daydreaming and escaping from reality was a good thing, too - and there must be things you like to do that you can plan for when you feel up to it.

I'm going to turn 40 this year, and I haven't got a partner, and I can't look back at happy romantic memories like most folks. But I'm not going to think about that. I'm going to surf the net and follow things that interest me and make me happy, and when I feel tired, I'll lay down. Thats what works for me :)

Hey, write us some more when you can.
Corum.

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