Jan 11, 2006 - 11:23 am
I'm asking this here because I don't know if this related to my thyroid cancer or stopping smoking or both.
Since having my total thyroidectomy and quitting smoking I am having weird nightmares. Not the normal kind. Let me also state that I quit smoking cold turkey so these are not dreams brought on by leaving on the patch, nor a weird reaction to a medication or other stop smoking aid. My nightmares or terrors start while I am still awake, lying in bed with my eyes shut, waiting to fall asleep. I seem to be having them in response to being anxious or a stressful situation.
The first one happened when I heard some rowdy people outside of my home late at night. I had just laid down to sleep, so I know I was still awake. I started having these terrifying nightmares and having an anxiety attack. I kept trying to tell myself that it was okay just open my eyes, but had to make a huge effort just to do so.
I had another one last night that lasted from when I laid down to sleep to when I gave up an hour later and got back up to clear my head.
Has anyone else experienced this? If so, or if not, does anyone have any suggestions? These are starting to really creep me out.