Symptom or side effect?

Getting to and staying asleep has become a bit of a chore lately. I have been waking up every few hours and suffering fro what I can only assume is some sort of sleep paralysis. The first time it happened I thought I was either having a bad dream or some sort of paranormal experience. Ya my brain just automatically goes there!

I woke up out a dead sleep in the middle of the night. I could hear Cory beside me moving in his sleep. I could feel the weight of the cat on my feet and felt completely awake, however I could not move at all. It lasted what felt like minutes to me but I am sure was only seconds. I was really freaked out and had a hard time getting back to sleep.

I usually take 30mg of Amnitryptoline before bed. It was working really good for a bit. Now when I fall asleep, two to three times a night, I get the sensations of falling. I’ve had this before but not this bad. It happens almost every single night to varying degrees.

I know the falling sensation which will happen when I am sitting down and relaxed sometimes too can possibly be attributed to a vestibular (ear) issue. Which I am still waiting for a MRI to diagnose. I mistakenly thought previously that it was ruled out but I got a call a few weeks ago for the MRI and when I asked what it was for she said to help rule out or diagnose any vestibular related issues. I kinda thought the other testing ruled it out but apparently not completely.

I am rely struggling with not only getting enough sleep but the quality of my sleep too. I am waking up as tired, if not more tired then when I went to bed. I really don’t know at this point if it’s a symptom or now a side effect of the meds. I’m guessing just a symptom.

I haven’t really written much about everything over this past month but nothing’s really changed. I’m still struggling a lot with my diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and with the pain, fatigue and everything else I have been dealing with for years.

I’ve just been having a couple of bad nights with it. To make matters worse Cory was walking down the stairs at Mom and Dad’s yesterday and when he was almost at the bottom he stepped wrong and felt a pop and now he is having a healed time putting any weight on his ankle. He only managed to work 1 day this time. He had to call in today cause he can’t stand on his leg for very long.

I know his CMT makes his ankles and lower legs weak and more prone to getting hurt but it’s at the point were it is happening constantly. I gave up on trying to get him to wear the leg braces a while ago.

4 thoughts on “Symptom or side effect?

  1. I hope your MRI gives you some kind of closure as to if it’s all symptoms of the same thing. A friend of mine that I went to high school with found out she has Fibromyalgia a few years ago. When it comes to sleeping problems, I know all about those. I haven’t really slept through a night since October and it’s really catching up.

  2. Could it be a side effect of being on the sleep drugs for an extended amount of time?

    I’ve never had that directly happen, but I have woken and moved around while sleep drunk. Probably unrelated to you though

    You might try light yoga (or just light stretching) before you go to bed. Its helped me in the past when I’ve had trouble sleeping as its helped me relax.

    1. It could be a side effect of being on them for an extended length of time, it could also just be from not yet finding the right amount to take. I do experience “sleep drunk” almost every morning, it takes a good 2-3 hours for me to be fully alert and even then I am still not myself. I guess I just need to give it all more time. Yoga might be helpful. I was trying at one point but found I have no room to do it now.

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