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SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 25,932
3/22/14 10:32 P

Here is a link to the Website for Canada:

You should be able to get them from a Pharmacy, or if they don't stock it, should be able to order it in for you.

Also, have you talked to your Dr about using Bleach Baths? This can be fantastic for Eczema and I don't see it would be different for Psoriasis. The scratching can cause infection and the bleach baths kill the bug that creates the infection.

Below is a link re that, too!

My grandson has them fairly often, and it really leaves his skin feeling lovely and soft, and a lot of the scratching tends to stop for a while after.


CELTIA51 SparkPoints: (19,266)
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3/22/14 7:51 P

Thanks for the info Kris. I looked at the we-site but there's a slight problem as they are in New Zealand and I live in Canada.

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3/19/14 4:02 P

i know it sounds hokie but self hypnosis has helped me when i wake up and can't fall back asleep. and limit your caffeine make sure no caffeine after 3pm or so.

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3/18/14 11:22 P

I suffered from psoriasis too, but I was cured now. It was bad, and makes me very unhappy. I live in China. Here we use Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat skin problems, I went to many hospitals like this and tried many different treatments, but the effect is not very good until I went to a hospital in the North of China. It works, and now I am a happy person again, I am glad to share this with you, you may not able to go there, but you can talk to their doctors for advice. you can find more information on the website of vitiligotcm.

SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 25,932
9/1/13 4:24 A

With the itch from Psoriasis, it is possible that your scratching causes even more itch. You can get special gloves that you wear at night to help combat this. Below is a link which will show what I am talking about:

I bought a pair for my Stepfather because he was having a chemotherapy cream applied to a Basal Cell Carcinoma and he scratches a lot in his sleep. My little grandson has a pair, also. He has really bad allergies which cause bad eczema/bleeding/weeping, and things are improved when he wears them.

Also, do you use a special cream to help soothe the psoriasis? If not, you need to talk with your Dr. BTW - those gloves a especially useful if you need to apply ointments or wet wraps to the skin.


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9/1/13 4:13 A

It seems that B vitamins affect a great many systems and functions. I think I will have my doctor test me for levels of calcium, magnesium, B6 and lipids. I have been getting injections of B12 over the last year and it helped my energy level but not my sleep problems. One of my biggest irritations with getting to sleep seems to be with my psoriasis. It makes me itchy where I have active rashes; then the itch develops a life of its own and moves from area to area from head to foot until I feel like tearing my skin off and of course I'm awake. would love some ideas on calming down the nerve endings as that would at least rid me of one problem that blocks sleep.
When I finally do get exhausted enough to fall asleep, if I do, I end up sleeping for days and then my whole food plan goes right out the window and so does any thought of exercise.
It's a viscous circle.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,162
3/14/13 9:28 A

There’s research that suggests being calcium deficient may make it difficult to fall asleep & too little magnesium in your body as reported by the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine.... magnesium deficiency may make it harder to stay asleep...have your doctor test magnesium levels...and a do a full lipid panel...if you are low in vitamin B espcially B6 it will be harder to fall asleep...

Chickpeas boast vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin...eating a highprotein meal without accompanying carbohydrates may keep you awake, since proteinrich foods also contain the amino acid, tyrosine, which perks up the brain

Cottage cheese, cheese, Seafood Meats Poultry Whole grains Beans Rice Hummus, Lentils. Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Eggs, Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds all contain tryptophan & foods containing tryptophan make a person sleepy.

Check with your physician to clear the foods you can eat. Good Luck and let us know what the doctor says.

SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 25,932
3/13/13 4:34 P

Another thing you can do is to keep a diary by your bed. If you have anything that needs doing the next day, or anything bothering you, write it down, then put the diary down and turn the light off. Sometimes that simple act can relax the mind enough to allow sleep to come, because you are not worrying (whether you realize it or not) about tomorrow, and you know you won't forget something that may need doing.


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3/13/13 10:21 A

Hi..... i never thought of doing that. I am going to try that this tonight and see if that helps me out. Last night i was back at square one, up half the night just tossing and turning. I have a night or two of good sleep and then i am back to sqaure one. I am eager to find out what is causing this and what to do to get better sleep. Makes it really hard to keep up with my daughter who is nearly three and house work..

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3/12/13 11:59 A

I seem to have a chronic case of insomnia dating back 19 or 20 years. I can offer a bunch of suggestions that do help me from time to time, but one I strongly believe in is that you get rid of your clock so that you're not checking it 1,000 times, as you mentioned. I turn mine away from me so that I can't see it when I get in bed. Cover it or turn it around if you have to. Watching the clock increases anxiety and anger over the lack of sleep making it harder to fall back to sleep.

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3/12/13 10:20 A

hi all,

thank you for the great advice. I went to the doc yesterday. They are going to run some more test just to make sure that everything is in the normal range. In the mean time he has advised for me to try the chamomile tea and melontin ( sorry i know that is not spelled right) ....i can't take the meds that help me sleep because of a seizure disorder i have( no a good combination) and the fact that i am allergic to a couple of them.

Last night I did sleep a lot better than i had a long while, no nightmares YAY!!! i still woke up feeling really groogy though and sore this morning....but the fact that i didn't stare at the clock a thousands times is a amazing...

i have another appointment with the doc next week to check back and see if there was a good or bad changes and to report any problems with seizures at all, since i have always had to be really careful with med and supplements trigging them.

i am really hoping that i am on the road to better sleep, so i can just be overall more healthy....i am really starting to understand that when you don't get the right amount sleep can't function the way you ought to....thanks you all for the wonderful support...

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,162
3/12/13 10:00 A

A cup of chamomile tea priot to bedtime might soothe your nerves.

Have you been tested for diabetes? Diabetes itself can cause poor sleep. High blood glucose can wake you up to urinate, while low blood glucose can wake you with hunger...have your doctor test magnesium levels...and a do a full lipid panel and an A1C test.

Eating a high protein meal without a carbohydrate may keep you awake..

foods that help you sleep copntain Tryptophan such as cottage cheese, cheese, Seafood, Meat. Turkey, chicken, Whole grains, Beans, Rice, Hummus, Lentils. Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Eggs, Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds....Chickpeas boast vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin and tjose can improve your zzz's. In fact cottage cheese prior to bed is a great choice for me as I read somewhere it can supply the muscles with a steady stream of amino acids while the body is alseep...
The University of Maryland Medical Center said that eating green leafy veggies and fruits can help cure insomnia.

check with your doctor and get back to us.....good luck!

SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 25,932
3/12/13 6:36 A

How did you get on with the Dr?


JESSICAMONT32 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/11/13 10:01 A

Hi all thank you for the great feed back... I am heading to the doc this morning another bad night of sleep and nightmares. My doc's nurse said over the phone that there should be solution when it comes to money for meds... I hate being in something but I believe it is time ... I am just so very tired . I feel like if j could sleep I would handle the stress I am under a whole lot better. Thank you for the links... I am going to read them this morning

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,153
3/11/13 8:10 A

I agree that a lack of insurance, shouldn't stop you from trying to get some help. Here's a Spark "ask the experts" on this topic:

I live in a very small town in the middle of nowhere, and even here the health dept. has a free clinic. As mentioned in the "ask the experts", your local hospital's social workers can also help with info on what's available at low/no cost in your area.

SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 25,932
3/10/13 11:54 P

Please do NOT let money be the decider in whether you get medical help. There are ways and means of getting medication and Drs/Therapists for free or very cheap. Telling your Dr the situation would be a very good idea. They often have 'samples' that they will give to their patients to help them in times such as these.

Below are a few links, and AT LEAST one of them should help you to access free/affordable help!

Have you ever been to a Therapist? If so, I am SURE that they would have taught you relaxation techniques. Remember them, practice them, and concentrate on your breathing when you are feeling like this. I realize that meditation also incorporates this.

I well know the nightmares and lack of sleep because of them or just plain stressful dreams. My Psychologist told me if I can't sleep then to get up and leave the room, and do something else - watch a movie (not scary ones), listen to the radio (the relaxed stations), read or play cards. Then after a wee while go back to bed. Sometimes it helps to go to bed with white noise, too - i.e. leave a radio on playing very softly. Talk back can be a good one.

Good luck,

JESSICAMONT32 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/10/13 7:29 P

Hi thank you for the reply....the thing I think of that is waking me is two things...anxiety, I suffer from panic attacks in the middle of night., so I am on edge a lot at night and the other problemis I am a extremely light sleeper...the slightet noise and i am awake.

It frustrating because my intentions are well, not to overrate, but I am so tired that my body aches( screaming for bed) but my ind won't let me sleep at night..I have taken up meditation to help relax me but still I find that i a waking up with nightmares and feeling frightened ....i need to get into the doc but the expense is so nsuarncemright now.....

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,153
3/10/13 7:10 P

I'm not sure I can give you any answers, but of course you're dragging all day, because you're not getting a good night's sleep. And of course, your workouts are not going well, for the same reason. Not getting enough quality sleep really effects so much in our lives.

I suffer occasionally from insomnia, where I can go to sleep but I'll wake up at some random time like 1:30 am, and that's it, I can't sleep any more. And when that happens, it's very hard not to overeat the next day. I'm so tired, it's like I'm looking for some food to give me some energy just to make it through the day, and it doesn't really work, so I eat some more still hoping to get through.

Why are you waking up so many times at night? Is it noise, like from a freeway located close by, or noisy neighbors? Is it a spouse who snores? Is it worry or stress? Is it to go the bathroom? That one's easy-- stop drinking any fluids after maybe 7 p.m. Is it acid reflux, or heartburn, waking you up? Can you think of anything that could be causing you to wake up so many times?

JESSICAMONT32 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/10/13 6:57 P

Hi all....the last 6 weeks has been difficult. I have not been sleeping well at all. Waking up way way to many times a night. I am exhausted ALL day. I know my eating is being affected because I have found that I m eating more these last 6 weeks than ever before. I can not seem to sty within my calories allotment problem, I don't have insurance right now, so going to the doc is really expensive. I have tried the over counter remedies and I becme wired on the night time aids.
I am wondering if my sleep problems are to do with overtraining, the last week or so I have noticed a decrease in strength, and a lackluster feeling for my workouts , normally I get excited for my workouts...I am dreaded them these days. Today I did nothing and I still overrate...feeling like I am going to sabotage all my efforts ....

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