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Old 05-03-15, 03:53 PM   #1
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I can't sleep. I can sleep..for like 10 minutes, then I pop right back awake. I got ambien, and I get woozy but wide awake, so I force myself to try and get comfy and be still, then it's like my body is fighting the drug. I tried OTC sleep aides, the diphyenhidramine and the other one that starts with a D, and melatonin, and valerian, and something that had both and chamomile, and relaxing teas..all different kinds...and the same thing happens : I feel like ok, I feel a bit sleepy I am going to lie down, and I close my eyes, and I feel hopeful and relieved like I'm going to melt into sleep, then wham! No you're not gonna sleep! You are gonna feel twitchy and move around and get up and go to the kitchen and walk around the house, and try and watch a movie, and fall asleep on the couch for a few minutes, then go back upstairs to bed and lie their with your eyes shut but fully awake...until 2 hours or less before you have to get up for the day.
this happens no matter what. I have a busy day too. I take care of my numerous pets, chickens, family members. Always carrying stuff up and down( even though I walk funny on the stairs cause of my stupid DDD) working in the garden, driving all over town, cooking, cleaning etc.
I am so crabby now I don't want to hang out with the family. Everyone's like " sit down watch this show" I can't even enjoy a show, cause I can't sit still. I wish alcohol would help but i get super hyper on alcohol. drunk and sick and hyper, have never passed out.
warm baths, warm showers, aromatherapy. Today I bought an eye mask and earplugs. Even though I do sleep hygiene, I unplugged my lights, I tried Tv for a while it didn't bore me, even when I got bored I stayed awake.
I go to bed now before my husband every night, because I say I need to go to bed at 8:30 cause I get up at 5( used to be4:30) and sometimes he comes in and turns the Tv on and I'm like " RRRR" so I got earplugs and eye mask and maybe I won't hear it, and maybe it will make me sleep.
This is a pain. I just stopped clonazepam after 15 years. I wonder if this is related..maybe huh?
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Old 05-04-15, 01:50 PM   #2
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I dont think its related but its possible, if its listed in possible side-effects of drug.

Its good call that you try to go to sleep before your hubby, so you could get some sleep. Being hyper must be tough. But you need to find some way to relax. Maybe meditation or yoga? Just a suggestion ;)

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thanks :) I did meditation :) It's so soothing and relaxing and actually feel no more back pain or anything. Then I get restless right about 15 minutes in. Sometimes I force myself to stick with it, just 5 more minutes! and sometimes it feel physically impossible to hold still one minute longer.
the withdrawal for clonazepam is about a month. but there's a withdrawal syndrome that can last way longer. I went through the first part with the skin that hurts and insomnia and irritability and nausea, etc. and I was glad when the pain stopped,( seriously, my face was in pain! my ears hurt!) but the insomnia just went back and forth and then just stayed.
i talked to my doc, he told me it's very likely that my body and brain were so used to clonazepam that they just aren't going to function properly without it. I asked if I stayed off, would my brain just snap back to "normal" and he said probably not. This is the doc who agrees with me on less is more, and health is all emcompassing, diet, exercise..lifestyle. I had half a month left of meds so I took one after I talked to him about it. Slept like a dog. Then I skipped a night. did not sleep, my earplugs hurt my ears. So officially I'm back on my tiny dose.
also found out my lithium blood levels aren't in the therapeutic range yet. I feel better, but my family says I'm still super hyper. and after they commented on it, my confidence took a plunge. I called my doc and told him what they said and asked him " Do I really talk too much and too fast ?" Docs are great, they are so diplomatic. He says " I haven't noticed a change" instead of " yes! OMG! won't you ever shut up?!"
lol yeah, so the whole day I was all sorry for myself because I thought it was helping. But after my pity party, I figured it did help. I didn't spiral into a full blown mania, I didn't end up having another psychotic break. There's still hope. gonna see a psychiatrist in a week. gonna try and stick to my guns and keep an open mind at the same time. but sleep got resolved with the reintroduction of clonazepam. Just something I'm gonna have to accept.
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I hope it will work great for you tess!

There is always hope :)

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" Do I really talk too much and too fast ?" Docs are great, they are so diplomatic. He says " I haven't noticed a change" instead of " yes! OMG! won't you ever shut up?!"
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