Now that the days are getting longer and the sun is out more, I seem to have more energy. Maybe that's causing me to sleep deeper. But it still takes a few hours of being awake to shake off the drugged feeling.
My doctor put me on Abilify for PTSD and it seems to have a sedating effect. I'm off to lala land in no time, but still have to wake up once or twice to go to the bathroom. If I could sleep solidly through the night, I might wake up feeling more energized.
Nancy Co-Leader: Fighting Fibromyalgia Co-Leader: The Breakfast Bunch Leader: Buffalo Bills ----------------- Dream it. Do it.
current weight: 168.0
Fitness Minutes: (63,017) Posts: 16,850 2/27/13 4:02 P
I've been battling this for years. I finally crossed a threshold where I couldn't live normally from day to day.
I DID have the sleep study done. My doc MADE me. Well, it was ixnay on the apnea thing. BUT, I did learn I woke up MANY MANY times for no apparent reason, and never got more than a very short snooze in. No wonder I literally could nearly fall asleep on my feet during the day. (Only the threat of losing life or job kept me from doing that.)
I am now on the mildest dose of Ambien... and started seeing results after 10 or 12 days. I feel like a different person. I still wake up... a few times a night... (like NORMAL people).
I hate it when drugs are the answer. But, I tried practicing the guidelines for healthy sleep and and several other things. And this is working.
It's like any job. There are always going to be things I don't really want to do, but I do them anyway...it's kind of like changing a baby's diaper--you just do it! LOL Exercise, over time, believe it or not, actually helps combat the fatigue.
I do a thing I was taught, called pacing. I set a timer. For me, it's ten mimutes, but you get to decide what works for you. I work that amount, and rest that amount. If I still feel okay, I work another ten... if I don't I rest another ten. I am free to adjust the mount of time up or down according to my tolerance level (it changes as you get stronger...) It does a few things: it reminds me to keep changing activity levels; it makes me evaluate my progress and my pain level; it keeps me focused and on track; and it helps me to remember to NOT overdo things! Something fibromites tend to forget... LOL
You might want to give it a try... just saying...
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL
Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called
Pounds lost: 26.0
Fitness Minutes: (111) Posts: 177 2/26/13 7:20 P
I have the same problem. Just got home from work, took a small dose of pain med, and I'm trying to find energy to take my dog for a walk. She needs it, and so do I. Maybe when the pain meds kick in a bit... This is definitely a big problem. I don't have a solution, but hope someone else has suggestions. Stareyes, thank you for starting this topic!
One day at a time...
Fitness Minutes: (5,990) Posts: 887 2/26/13 6:50 P
Hi there, I can totally understand that and have the same problem. However right now i have custody of my 3 small grand-kids so i have to fight the fatigue to keep up with them, but its still hard to keep up with exercises. Any suggestions, someone?
I am always so tired. Sometimes I can sleep for 12 hours straight and then need a 3 hour nap during the day. And of course, this makes it extremely difficult to exercise or do anything else. How do you deal with it?
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.