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Title: pain-free sleep
Post by: puffingirl on July 29, 2003, 11:33:19 PM
I finally had a whole week of solid, pain-free sleep!  My primary care doctor prescribed Ambien (a sleep aid) for me and I've been taking only 5 mg per night and sleeping soundly.  Unfortunately I'm supposed to only take this stuff for a couple weeks at a time, but a couple of weeks of good sleep beats no weeks.  Just thought I'd pass this on...  
Title: Re: pain-free sleep
Post by: Jennie on July 30, 2003, 12:02:51 AM
I took Ambien 5mg also when I had my car accident that injured my knee 2 years ago, and it was a godsend I took it for about a month until the sleepless nights passed, then the nightmares of my accident started and my os thought a nerve pill would be more effective than a sleeping pill ??? I thought he was crazy but it worked!

Glad to hear you are get some good,sound sleep, sleep is something that really helps you cope with the pain a little better, and is very helpful in the healing process ;)

Take care and hope everything goes well for you

Love,Jennie
Title: Re: pain-free sleep
Post by: Heather M. on August 06, 2003, 12:36:24 AM
I loved my ambien.  It allowed me to sleep for 8 hours at a time after my surgery--and I was strapped into a continuous passive motion machine and unable to move the whole night.  

It's good stuff.  The only complaint is that even with tapering I slept pretty badly for about a week after I stopped taking it.  You get spoiled....
Title: Re: pain-free sleep
Post by: michelel on January 17, 2009, 04:47:19 PM
Ambien made me hallucinate and have a fittful sleep.  After deliberation we tried Klonopin an anxiety pill and man did it work good.
Title: Re: pain-free sleep
Post by: slugger14310 on August 24, 2009, 01:43:57 AM
My OS wouldn't prescribe Ambien for the very reason that many of you had to stop taking it.  What has worked for me since I had my surgery 2 weeks ago has been Bonine (similar to Dramamine) at night.  It not only helps the nausea but I'm out within an hour or so of taking it.  Once the nausua stopped and I was off the real heavy pain meds constantly, I take a few Tylenol PMs and that does the trick for me.
Title: Re: pain-free sleep
Post by: sabasc3 on October 01, 2009, 07:14:18 AM
Ambien made me hallucinate and have a fittful sleep.  After deliberation we tried Klonopin an anxiety pill and man did it work good.
Clonazepam (generic Klonopin) works nicely for me as well. 
Title: Re: pain-free sleep
Post by: mermaids on September 25, 2010, 03:39:03 AM
Ambien makes me hyper.  Cannot take it.  Benadryl works, but gives me a "hang over" the next morning.  It takes a while for my head to clear.  I've tried all the herbal things with no success.  Very frustrating!
Title: Re: pain-free sleep
Post by: spoonsie on December 06, 2011, 12:40:07 AM
Ativan !  Also helps with wicked quad cramps
Title: Re: pain-free sleep
Post by: captainruss on February 16, 2012, 08:55:22 PM
I have taken Ambien 10 mg and it makes me get up in the middle of the night.  I sleep walk.  I used to get up and cook 4 course meals.  No memory, just get up the next morning and the kitchen is trashed.  My last episode with Ambien I was up standing in the middle of the living room barking orders (I am a Boat Captain) and my son had a tough time getting me to go to bed.  Usually when I walk around I am very compliant, but not lately.  I have taken Ambien off and on for the past 5 years. 

I recommend Restoril or Halcion if you have a tough time sleeping.  Lunestra is not available in a generic and is quite expensive.  I have not tried Ativan, but I hear it is good.

I actually have better luck with Xanaflex or Soma in a generic form.  These are muscle relaxers.  Just make sure you are in your jammies, sitting on the edge of your bed.  Then, take your pill and lay down. 

The news reported a Senator actually drove on Ambien to the Capitol.  He crashed his car into the barriers with no recollection of the trip.  The police were first going to book him on DUI, but they discovered it was Ambien.  If Ambien causes you to leave the house, do not take a chance.  My wife takes her belt from her bath robe and ties it around my right foot and her left foot.  If I try to get out of bed it wakes her up.

I have a very tough time sleeping, but you must use caution.  Ambien does not appear to be addictive to me.  I have taken it for six months at a time.  The only reason I switch is my insurance requires an authorization from the doctor....not necessary with Restoril or Halcion.

Russ
Title: Re: pain-free sleep
Post by: krunzer on February 18, 2012, 02:34:59 AM
I have zopiclone as a sleep aid.  Some people get a really bad after-taste in their mouth when they take it.  I get none of this and usually half of a 7.5mg pill knocks me out for the night when I am very very tired. 
Title: Re: pain-free sleep
Post by: Max4488 on February 02, 2017, 11:55:21 PM
try sublingual melatonin