Sleep suggestions...??? HELP

taleena
taleena Member Posts: 1,612 Member
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Hey there everyone.. help...I got home from the hospital yesterday.. and I was sleepy and in pain.. took a pain pill and then was wide awake. I didn't sleep at all last night...and I mean at all... haven't slept today. I'm in pain..but it's managable... but I can't get to sleep... I called the doctor and he changed my pain medication thinking that I was having an odd reaction..I know your body does the majority of it's healing while we sleep.. but I can't get there...any suggestions... I'm desperate and exhausted!

~T
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  • Kat11
    Kat11 Member Posts: 1,931 Member
    Mojitos should do it. lol

    Mojitos should do it. lol
  • confused123
    confused123 Member Posts: 251
    My doc gave me Ativan for
    My doc gave me Ativan for anxiety for some procedures being done and later I was told I could take it with my anti-naseau meds to help them along and to take it to sleep at night. So if you have Ativan I would try that. I do not like taking meds AT ALL but it is not too bad to take. Good Luck and by the way the baby in the picture is beautiful!
    Kim
  • taleena
    taleena Member Posts: 1,612 Member
    Kat11 said:

    Mojitos should do it. lol

    Mojitos should do it. lol

    Okay.. maybe I'm a little
    Okay.. maybe I'm a little blond here... but what is Mojitos... and I can claim blond because I am one... and I get to use it as an excuse once a year... you got me!

    ~T
  • taleena
    taleena Member Posts: 1,612 Member

    My doc gave me Ativan for
    My doc gave me Ativan for anxiety for some procedures being done and later I was told I could take it with my anti-naseau meds to help them along and to take it to sleep at night. So if you have Ativan I would try that. I do not like taking meds AT ALL but it is not too bad to take. Good Luck and by the way the baby in the picture is beautiful!
    Kim

    Thanks Kim... that's the new
    Thanks Kim... that's the new man in my life.. my grandson... He sure puts a smile on my face!
    Unfortunately I have no Adivan... why does everyone else get the good stuff?

    Damn.. whinning again..lol

    ~T
  • confused123
    confused123 Member Posts: 251
    taleena said:

    Thanks Kim... that's the new
    Thanks Kim... that's the new man in my life.. my grandson... He sure puts a smile on my face!
    Unfortunately I have no Adivan... why does everyone else get the good stuff?

    Damn.. whinning again..lol

    ~T

    I suggest telling your doc
    I suggest telling your doc you can't sleep again. It may just be from stress and not the meds you are taking. I thought everyone had Ativan. Everyone I know it's like they tell you you have cancer and give you ativan. The social worker at my onc office told me if I can't sleep then tell her so maybe try that. I am sure there is a social worker at your doc office. Anyway I know that having kids around keeps you going. I have 3 girls ages 6, 4 and 21 months. They make me smile everyday!

    Kim
  • taleena
    taleena Member Posts: 1,612 Member

    I suggest telling your doc
    I suggest telling your doc you can't sleep again. It may just be from stress and not the meds you are taking. I thought everyone had Ativan. Everyone I know it's like they tell you you have cancer and give you ativan. The social worker at my onc office told me if I can't sleep then tell her so maybe try that. I am sure there is a social worker at your doc office. Anyway I know that having kids around keeps you going. I have 3 girls ages 6, 4 and 21 months. They make me smile everyday!

    Kim

    Maybe when I see the onco..
    Maybe when I see the onco.. Haven't met with him yet just the surgon... My you have your hands full Kim... Mine are all older 22, 21 & 15.. then my 11 year old niece lives with me since her daddy passed away. (my brother) mom walked out when dad was terminally ill... now were boxing away in court.
  • confused123
    confused123 Member Posts: 251
    taleena said:

    Maybe when I see the onco..
    Maybe when I see the onco.. Haven't met with him yet just the surgon... My you have your hands full Kim... Mine are all older 22, 21 & 15.. then my 11 year old niece lives with me since her daddy passed away. (my brother) mom walked out when dad was terminally ill... now were boxing away in court.

    Yes my hands are full but it
    Yes my hands are full but it keeps me going every day. I also have lots of family help and support. Good Luck in court, your neice is glad to have someone fighting for her.
    Kim
  • bfbear
    bfbear Member Posts: 380
    My pain meds...
    made me wakeful, too. I was given generic Xanax (Alprazolam), 1 mg., to try. I only took 1/2, and it helped me sleep pretty much through the night (I took it along with the pain pill- Hydrocodone).

    Good luck..there's nothing as horrible as sleep deprivation (I know from experience.)

    Love you,
    Debi
  • tasha_111
    tasha_111 Member Posts: 2,072
    bfbear said:

    My pain meds...
    made me wakeful, too. I was given generic Xanax (Alprazolam), 1 mg., to try. I only took 1/2, and it helped me sleep pretty much through the night (I took it along with the pain pill- Hydrocodone).

    Good luck..there's nothing as horrible as sleep deprivation (I know from experience.)

    Love you,
    Debi

    Sleep
    Sleep, Sleeepppppp...watch the pen, sleeeeeppppppppppp.

    I know, it's awful.

    I hope you get over this really soon, you have been through a lot, and the build up to surgery and the drugs may well be causing this.......Get some ativan......they only work for about 3 hours (No Hangover in the morning)...But they will let you get off to sleep and then you will take over and stay asleep........you only need them for a short time, I only took them for 3 weeks, not every night either......I wish you well......Brave lady.....Hugs Jxxxxxxxxxxx
  • taleena
    taleena Member Posts: 1,612 Member
    tasha_111 said:

    Sleep
    Sleep, Sleeepppppp...watch the pen, sleeeeeppppppppppp.

    I know, it's awful.

    I hope you get over this really soon, you have been through a lot, and the build up to surgery and the drugs may well be causing this.......Get some ativan......they only work for about 3 hours (No Hangover in the morning)...But they will let you get off to sleep and then you will take over and stay asleep........you only need them for a short time, I only took them for 3 weeks, not every night either......I wish you well......Brave lady.....Hugs Jxxxxxxxxxxx

    Deb & Tasha.. thank you.. I
    Deb & Tasha.. thank you.. I will definately ask my dr. about Ativan... seems to be the main theme with sleep..

    Hypnosis.. Tasha... now I hadn't thought of that... I am getting sleepy... very sleepy... hum.. have to try that one! lol

    Hugs..

    ~T
  • arbojenn
    arbojenn Member Posts: 118
    taleena said:

    Deb & Tasha.. thank you.. I
    Deb & Tasha.. thank you.. I will definately ask my dr. about Ativan... seems to be the main theme with sleep..

    Hypnosis.. Tasha... now I hadn't thought of that... I am getting sleepy... very sleepy... hum.. have to try that one! lol

    Hugs..

    ~T

    grandma
    Isn't being a grandma fun? I just LOVE it. But those little guys take a lot of energy and yu eed your sleep. I agree with the others advice to work with the oncologist to get the right cocktail that will do the job. Sometimes I can sleep if there is a fan going or my noisemaker. But most of the time, I rely on Zolpidem and Xanaz. I dread having to go off them someday. But a gramma has to sleep. So get those magic pills for this difficult time. After you start sleeping better, you can experiment with which ones work best. There are several choiced out there Ihear. Let me know what you try. I w'll try them too.
  • jnl
    jnl Member Posts: 3,869 Member
    arbojenn said:

    grandma
    Isn't being a grandma fun? I just LOVE it. But those little guys take a lot of energy and yu eed your sleep. I agree with the others advice to work with the oncologist to get the right cocktail that will do the job. Sometimes I can sleep if there is a fan going or my noisemaker. But most of the time, I rely on Zolpidem and Xanaz. I dread having to go off them someday. But a gramma has to sleep. So get those magic pills for this difficult time. After you start sleeping better, you can experiment with which ones work best. There are several choiced out there Ihear. Let me know what you try. I w'll try them too.

    I hope you can get some
    I hope you can get some sleep. My oncologist gave me sleeping pills right from the start of the diagnosis. Call your doctor. I am sure they will give you something.
  • taleena
    taleena Member Posts: 1,612 Member
    jnl said:

    I hope you can get some
    I hope you can get some sleep. My oncologist gave me sleeping pills right from the start of the diagnosis. Call your doctor. I am sure they will give you something.

    Thanks ladies... as you can
    Thanks ladies... as you can see... still not sleeping... Ugh... 1st thing tomorrow calling the doctor... either that or breaking into the liquor cabinet.. And yes... being a grandma is the greatest~!!! Not that I don't love being a mother.. but now I can hold him, cuddle him, feed him.. and when I'm tiered I can give him back...lol

    ~Wishing for sweet dreams... or at this point any dreams... even no dreams..

    ~T
  • Akiss4me
    Akiss4me Member Posts: 2,188
    taleena said:

    Thanks ladies... as you can
    Thanks ladies... as you can see... still not sleeping... Ugh... 1st thing tomorrow calling the doctor... either that or breaking into the liquor cabinet.. And yes... being a grandma is the greatest~!!! Not that I don't love being a mother.. but now I can hold him, cuddle him, feed him.. and when I'm tiered I can give him back...lol

    ~Wishing for sweet dreams... or at this point any dreams... even no dreams..

    ~T

    Let's trade!!
    I can't stay awake!! You can have some of my sleepiness....here it comes....sending by way of cyber mail.....:) Pammy
  • taleena
    taleena Member Posts: 1,612 Member
    Akiss4me said:

    Let's trade!!
    I can't stay awake!! You can have some of my sleepiness....here it comes....sending by way of cyber mail.....:) Pammy

    Okay.. I'll take it..
    Okay.. I'll take it.. seriously.. I am glad to know that you are able to sleep.. Your body does most of it's healing while your resting and I want you back on your feet quickly... I know maybe you can give me some of the sleepy.. while I give you enough wide eyed to be able to tell us all about your hottie... I knew you'd have a hottie .. somehow some way.. that way we can both get healed up quick...

    Love & hugs

    ~T
  • mimivac
    mimivac Member Posts: 2,143
    Sleep
    T, I swear by Xanax. I took one low-dose pill every night during the worst of my diagnosis and treatment and it relaxed me enough to have a long, sound sleep every night. My anestisiologist tsk tsked it and said that it was habit forming, but I had absolutely no trouble stopping it when I no longer needed it. A few months into treatment, I simply stopped taking it. Good luck and I hope you get your Zsss.
  • Derbygirl
    Derbygirl Member Posts: 198
    Pain meds kept me awake
    Pain meds kept me awake following surgery. Doc said to discontinue and manage pain with Tylenol Extra Strength if possible. That worked for me. Benadryl works today when I can't sleep. Good luck!
  • rjjj
    rjjj Member Posts: 1,822 Member
    taleena said:

    Thanks Kim... that's the new
    Thanks Kim... that's the new man in my life.. my grandson... He sure puts a smile on my face!
    Unfortunately I have no Adivan... why does everyone else get the good stuff?

    Damn.. whinning again..lol

    ~T

    Ativan
    Taleena, I would just ask doc. to wite you out a prescription for it..after all it is legal. and BTW Kim is so adorable. jackie
  • tcteach
    tcteach Member Posts: 27
    On the Ativan bandwagon...
    I was an anxiety-filled mess this week, waiting for Oncotype results. My doctor put me on Ativan and I have slept like a baby since. I would definitely ask about it!

    Tricia :)
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    taleena said:

    Okay.. maybe I'm a little
    Okay.. maybe I'm a little blond here... but what is Mojitos... and I can claim blond because I am one... and I get to use it as an excuse once a year... you got me!

    ~T

    Here's Looking At You!
    A cocktail made with rum, sugar, lime, mint... I don't know if either the word C-O-C-K or T-A-I-L will make it past auto censor!

    Hic!
    Claudia