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2/21/12 6:42 P

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Well, for me, I have not had as serious a problem as I did when I last posted about it last year. I have had my moments but not near as bad as I was back then. If I feel like I am having any trouble I drink some Sleepy Time Extra and take some Valerian Root, that does seem to help.

Also, admittedly, I realize that I had some "things" to deal with at that time and changes started happening once I started dealing.

Night sweats every once in a while create a problem but not too often.

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2/21/12 6:38 P

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I do not have a treatment, should I???

Depression I have an anti depressant for, still not a 100% but sticking to taking the medicine, it did help A LOT with the insomnia..


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2/21/12 12:41 P

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Bringing this back up.....I just bought Melatonin, gonna try that tonight (hopefully, if I don't have too much wine first...LOL)

How is everyone fairing with their treatments?



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6/5/11 3:40 P

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I'm glad you go some very needed rest.
I think some times our bodies are talking to us and saying SLOW down, and take time for you.

I hope you get to feeling much better.

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6/5/11 9:06 A

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Well, I got really sick last weekend. Yes, I was so sick that I spent Memorial Day weekend mostly in bed.

The good news however, is that I slept so much! It was wonderful to be sick. Weird I know but I am thinking, that I had to be sick. I had to be forced to rest. I probably got sick because of the serious lack of sleep but I was forced to rest and rest I did. When Tuesday rolled around and I had to go back to work, I felt half alive again but still sick.

I have still been sleeping a lot more decently. At the very least, this is acceptable to me. I am also feeling rested enough that I can get out and exercise.

I have completely stopped the Effexor and feel no ill effects. I am taking my multi-vitamin, add'l magnesium and valerian root.

I also have begun some meditation and yoga. I try and make sure that I get out and into the sunshine at lunch. That is usually on a nice sunny bench in a little park where I can relax, meditate and journal.



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5/27/11 9:20 P

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Oh Dee i'm sorry your having such a bad time, man this stuff & what we are going through is will crap.
It's bad enough that it affects allot of what we do.

I know that Estroven has been my answer for years. And I'm realise a good work out does wonders of course to.

I hope that the yoga and estroven do help you:)
And please do keep us infombed of how your doing.

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5/27/11 6:01 P

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Lot's of good info from you gals!

My doctor gave me Effexor and I have been taking it for 11 days and I just don't like it. I am not sleeping any better either. I am gonna stop taking it and start over somehow. I am reading too many bad things about Effexor and I really believe that the "depression symptoms" are due to a lack of sleep and possibly some stress.

I am going to try Yoga as well as the Estroven and see how that works. I just cannot imagine that I need to take an anti-depressant for insomnia. I just don't get it.

I'll keep you posted. Today will be the first day that I will not take the Effexor, I hope that I have not taken it long enough to have any withdrawal symptoms.

This is NOT fun! I just want to feel like myself again.
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5/27/11 2:31 P

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REGAN49, so true, how ever I have head of it.
Sorry that we did not mention it here on the team.

I just have to take the estroven for my moods and irritability not just the hot flashes.


I'm so glad you found some thing that it working for you!

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5/25/11 4:05 A

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Ok! From what I can tell no one has mentioned being on "Evening Primrose Oil". My flashes were off the chain...my night sweats kept me up constanly. SO....I went to my local health store "Life Extension" I explained to the guy there what was happening and he suggested "Evening Primrose Oil capsules" and Estrapause. Both are natural supp.

WELL.....after about 2 weeks, I didn't have night sweats, hot flashes....WOW WEE!!!! The combination worked like a charm. Good Luck Ladies!! I know it is a crazy time!! I think I have finally found a combination that works!! emoticon



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5/22/11 7:45 A

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Years ago when I was having severe fibromyalgia pain, my DR had prescribed a low dose antidepressant that was to help me sleep (to get the much needed deep R.E.M. sleep.) It took 3 weeks for me to notice any positive effect from it, and it did help. My pains started going away & I got some much needed relief. AFter some months, it was no longer helping me (b/c I would wake up in the night and never be able to get back to sleep.)

It is now years later, and I'm not taking the anti-depressent anymore. I recently decided to try the Estroven Nighttime (which has a blend of ingredients, including Black Cohosh and Valerian Root.) I've noticed that it does help me a bit with the sleep. It doesn't ALWAYS help, but it seems to enough of the time that I like it. I wouldn't consider it a cure-all, but I think is worth a try. I will note that when I tried Black Cohosh as a supplement by itself, I noticed NO benefits....and same with taking the Valerian Root by itself. So, I think the blend of Estroven ingredients seems to be the key, at least for me.

As with any medications, I think we need to make sure that when we take an OTC that we need to make sure we're telling our DRs about everything we take; especially if we have prescription meds we are taking at the same time. In the last few years it seems that DRs are getting used to asking their patients about EVERYthing they're taking, including a multi vitamin. I like to cover all my bases.

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5/21/11 9:30 P

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Dear Changing Horses,

My doctor also started me on Effexor (it is supposed to help with the night sweats and did some- I am not depressed except after nights when I wake up lot's and I think that is just being tired!) It helped a bit but the side effects got to me (heartburn mostly) so I stopped taking it. Be warned if you do stop that the night sweats etc came back really hard for about a week and you may feel more down. I haven't tried the Estroven yet but have found Evening Primrose and soy milk are helping some, though not enough. I am still experimenting my self.
Good luck!

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5/19/11 9:22 P

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I'm reading all the post's and I'm not sure of a cure for any one.

Those of you who just can't seem to sleep I would try the Estroven just for 6 weeks it's also great believe it or not for depression. I can say this because my niece told me about what she took after her real bad post depression after having 5 kids. She took estroven, and it worked.
I relies this stuff does not help every one but I think 9 times out of 10 it will help the majority of those who do take it.
It helps with moods, irritability, sleeping, you can even buy night time estroven, I've used it and yes it does work.
I'm only suggesting....

I'm glad to know those who have taken estroven are finding a relief from it. I can't go with out it.
To all those who are having issues with either Insomnia and depression I do feel for you!


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5/19/11 5:40 A

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Wow. I am obviously not alone in this. I just don't know what to do with myself.
I have tried Sleepy time Tea and Valerian Root Tablets. I usually do exercise regular. I have tried Melatonin. I have tried Advil PM. Wine. Nothing.
I am considering a Yoga class to see if that route would help. Problem with that is it's an hour away from home and most evenings now I am spent.
The Effexor that I have been taking for 3 days is a low dose and so far I have no side effects that I can tell.
It is such a struggle to get through the day.

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5/18/11 11:22 P

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Although I'm on two antidepressants, I'm still very depressed and have insomnia. The last few days all I've wanted to do is sleep. It's terrible when there are places I want to or have to go somewhere.

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Two things help me - Cardio and Calcium. I take two Calcium Carbonate pills just before I go to bed and it makes me sleepy. Now I can't sleep without it.

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5/17/11 7:38 P

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I feel for you I went through that a couple of years ago I didn't do any meds but I did make changes in mylife by exercising - limiting caffeine watching out for sugars added soy into my diet that helped me plus I don't get the night sweats or hot flashes like I did

Good luck on what you try to help you with sleep

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5/17/11 7:38 P

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I am having all the same issues - difficulty staying asleep, night sweats, mood swings, "erratic floating annoying" physical symptoms, and I have been eating uncontrollably. Menopause seems like a magnifying glass for all my issues! Thank goodness I can hold on to shreds of a sense of humor!

I drink sleepy time tea, honey chamomile, and tension tamer tea each night to help.

I need to change my eating patterns as well.

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You might want to explore some of the teams here at SP that specifically are focused on sleep issues. I looked at them a few months ago and it looked like there was some great info there.
- Hope you feel better soon!

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5/17/11 8:25 A

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I was having severe mood swings and was put on anti-depressants. I had really bad side effects including severe anxiety. I was also waking up with night sweats - one of the first clues that I may be going through Perimenopause. I started taking Estroven and I no longer wake up with night sweats and it really as helped my mood swings. Unfortunately I dream alot and still seem to wake up in the early morning hours.

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Yup - been there, done that. I take an herbal supplement w/ black cohosh among other things, and it seems to help tremendously. I'd say try the herbal route first....

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You are right in thinking the lack of a good night's sleep is leading to other symptoms. I feel like I'm dealing with a newborn again - waking up like clockwork every night between 2 - 3 AM (except instead of a baby crying, it's my husband snoring, LOL). I also have night sweats to add to the fun. The next day I am irritable and over eating to keep myself awake.

I started taking a product called Estroven about 3 weeks ago. It is supposed to help with sleep and night sweats. I've seen some improvement but not much. They say it takes a good month or more before you feel the full benefit. I am also drinking herbal tea at night called "Sweet Dreams" which helps me fall asleep better.

Good luck - I hope we can learn some more tips from others on here who are going thru this as well!


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Hi All!

I am having a terrible time the past few months. I just don't know what to make of it.
I cannot sleep well at all. Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep and/or waking up early. I feel this is leading to other issues like crazy fatigue, emotional breakdowns, over-reacting to stress at work, lack of concentration, etc.

I went to my family doctor yesterday and he gave me a script for Effexor. I am worried about taking this and I need sleep, this is for depression. Well, I'm depressed because I can't sleep? I just want to sleep.

Anyone have any thoughts?
Dee

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