I need sleep

How many nights can a person to without any sleep? I spent another sleepless night last night. I went to bed around 11. But I was tossing and turning and could not get comfortable, it just hurts all over. There is nothing worse then constantly watching the clock tick down the time till you have to get up in less then an hour and then you finally fall asleep. 2 extra strength ibuprofen and 2 extra strength Tylenol later. Only to be awoken by the cat 5 min before you have to get up. Talk about frustrating.

That’s been my nights for the past few months. After 4-5 nights I finally get one night I sleep but I still wake up feeling tired and sore. I just don’t know how to get to sleep. 9 times outa 10, I get up and come out on the couch (still don’t sleep but at least I’m not disturbing Cory’s sleep as much) or he gets up and comes out on the couch (sometimes cause I keep waking him and sometimes cause he’s in pain himself). How do two people with chronic pain sleep together? King size bed… that’s how. Our queen even isn’t cutting it.

A couple weeks ago I was prescribed Cipralex. To be honest I still have not filled the prescription. It just doesn’t make sense to me treating my symptoms with an anti-depressant, I’m concerned about further side effects and about getting hooked on them. I have an appointment in a little less then a month with my ENT so I know I shouldn’t but I think I am just going to wait.

The information I was given by the girl at Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech makes sense and sounds right (and a bit scary since it requires major surgery) but does not account for all my symptoms (the constant pain and fatigue). It almost seems like two separate issues.

I think my family doctor agrees to a point and is getting a ton of blood work. He’s testing for everything under the sun and I have to fast. I planned on getting that done before work this morning but I just had such a horrible night. Now the plan is to do it tomorrow morning. I feel like a pin cushion.

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  1. Rusty says: Reply

    Ugh that sounds awful. Not sleeping is probably my biggest issue as well. However, the only day I can’t really get to sleep is on Sunday night… I feel like it’s probably because I’m worried about what all I have to do at work the following day. Definitely sucks about the pain though… I don’t think I could deal with being in pain all the time. The worst I get is the odd knee dislocation, and often I’ll wake up with an achy shoulder because I slept on it all night.

    Cipralex! Holy crap, that’s a coincidence. Two weeks ago I was prescribed that brand too… Didn’t work for me. I mean, it made me sleepy. But it made me sleepy 24 hours a day. I started taking it to try and level out my mood, I have uncontrollable anger issues that the doctor thought could be solved by an anti-depressant. Anyways, after 2 days of being on it I went off it. Dreams were vivid and fucked up, I woke up with drool all over myself, I was having panic attacks at work and felt even more anxious than I usually do. I would advise you to wait. Do a lot of research on your own about them first before getting on them. I’ve heard of lots of people becoming hooked… And I didn’t want to risk that seeing as I already have an addictive personality. I’m currently addicted to cigarettes and alcohol. Cipralex I’m sure would just make that worse.

    Blood work is a good idea. They gave me a requisition for blood work too, and the doctor called me back immediately to let me know that my B12 was low, meaning my red blood cell count was down. I was anemic when I was younger, so I wasn’t very surprised at that news. But then I researched what B12 actually helps with… And it was insane! Mood swings, depression, boosting energy levels, etc. So I’ve started taking a B12 vitamin once a day, and am shocked how much it is truly helping me.

    Anyways <

    1. Kirsten says: Reply

      I really don’t worry much about work but I do still find my mind is racing about things, in general, that I need to do the next day. That doesn’t help much.

      I was worried about that with Ciprolex. Celexa, which is in the same drug class did the same. I hated it. Maybe the bloodwork will shed some light. Thanks for sharing your experience with me.

  2. Esme says: Reply

    Ugh that sucks that you haven’t been sleeping well. For me, I have to get a good night’s sleep or else I can’t function properly the next day.
    I think it’s good you are being cautious with your medication. The side effects may end up being more detrimental to you. I hope you solve this problem soon!

    1. Kirsten says: Reply

      Yeah it is hard to function. Thanks

  3. Deanna says: Reply

    Not getting enough sleep sucks. I used to sleep really well. I would go to bed at the same time everyday and get up the same time and sleep right through the night. But then I lived with my boyfriend for a month who snores. I rarely get a full nights sleep, even now because he spends the night at my place a lot too.

    1. Kirsten says: Reply

      My boyfriend snores too and with my ears being so sensitive, I’m sure it doesn’t help.

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