Luvs, Go to the link below and read what Stop The Thyroid Madness has to say. If you see yourself there, ask your doc to order a 24 hour Saliva Test. If he won't or isn't familiar with them the site recommends several labs where you can order your own.
I see my Dr on Monday.. and I wonder how would *I* know if it's Adrenal Fatigue? I was determined to finish a quilt top last night, and next thing I knew it was 4 a.m. but I had it finished all but the border... but when I did go to bed, my back hurt so bad, I couldn't get comfortable no matter what.. I was up at 7. Worked all day... back still is very painful.. and I need to get out, because if I stay here, I'll work until the wee hours again.. I cleaned all day, and made sugar cookies.. and baked bread for tomorrow's dressing.. plus put the border on the quilt top. I try making myself tired.. that doesn't work either.
I do not know how old you are, but I had horrible insomnia for as long as I can remember. I even though I had restless legs, because I (sometimes) kept fliping around, could not lie still. Have also been hypothyroid for 25+ years.
After my hysterectomy, my doc gave me progesterone cream...poof, goodbye insomnia. He had gave me Ambien once, I had very vivid dreams, too freaky for me.
A major cause of insomnia is Adrenal Fatigue. Yoyr adnrenals are producing cortisol at the wrong time of the day. If you have high cortisol at night your body gets confused and thinks it's day time. A 24 hour Saliva test will tell you whats going on. Go to www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrena l- info/ for more info.
Thanks everyone. I am having a hard time going to sleep and staying alseep. I am trying to relax but yes I am so "pumped" that I can NOT go to sleep and once I get so tired that I finally go to sleep I only stay alseep for 2-3 hours. It is very frustrating.
I am also sick all the time as well and I want to be WELL and feel human again.
I've had insomnia for years. I have problems falling asleep AND staying asleep. My doctor asked me to take a sleep study to try to determine the problem...the nurse came in the next morning and said he had no idea how I was able to function. Even the doctor quirked an eyebrow at my results and said it was the strangest test he'd ever seen.
On that note, after sleeping only 2-4 hours for months on end I was getting very sick. My doctor put me on Ambien, and it really helps. But I still have some nights that I just can't fall asleep, or I'll wake up at 4am and not be able to go back to sleep. For these times I keep a skullcap tincture by my bed. I take 15-20 drops by mouth.
I also practice proper "sleep hygiene". I go to bed at the same time every night, I get up around the same time every morning - tired or not. I keep my room dark and cool. I avoid ALL sources of caffeine after 2pm, and I don't eat a heavy meal within 3 hours of bedtime. I will take a 30 minute nap midday if I really need one, but don't do it often.
I don't have the rapid heartbeat, but I have had the hot & sweaty problem in the past. Now I usually freeze to death, so I keep lots of blankets piled on my bed. I also have an electric blanket on the bed, so I can just turn over and click it on.
Oh yeah, I also drink a strong cup of warm chamomile tea before bed. I find that when I don't drink it I usually have a difficult night.
Edited by: FIRERAVEN9 at: 12/23/2008 (13:02)
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I have hyperthyroidism and have the worst time sleeping. I do not see an endocrongologist until Monday and I hope to discuss this with him. I do have to take the RAI after the first of the year so i am wondering until then what I can do for SLEEP!
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