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Sleeping Soundly with Chronic Pain

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  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
    only light can do that.
    Hate cannot drive out hate;
    only love can do that.
    - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Thank you- something I really needed to hear.
  • I was glad to see I wasn't the only one who can't take melatonin - I feel like TOTAL crap the next day ( like almost HUNG OVER - NO Thanks) and then it takes a day or two to feel normal again. I can take Sleep MD (not sure if its available outside of Canada or Z-quil but I usually only take 1/2 of a dose). They usually don't seem to bother me - a couple of Gravol pills also works.
  • I feel groggy as well when so take Melatonin to sleep. A single Benadryl pill )which is the same ingredient of all the over the counter sleep aids like Tylenol PM or Advil PM) is what I take a few nights a week. I use 3 different thickness and firmness of pillows. One for under my head, one between my arms that is fluffy and soft and one between my knees that is thinner.
  • I have used melatonin several times. Never again!! I feel groggy when I wake up, and it also causes confusion. Now I just use a half of tylenol pm
  • Good information that I needed. Thank you!
  • I always have problems with my shoulder and arm. So I was up last night and tried the Melatonin no go but then tried a sleep aid a few hours later with some success. UGH... Never ever thought sleeping would be so hard for me...
  • I have three convoluted pillows that I bought at Kmart 30 years ago, I wash them, dry them first on the line, then in the dryer to kill dust mites. I cover them with two zippered special covers, then my pillowcase. I also have been sleeping with a pillow between my knees for almost 40 years. It relieves pressure on one's spine and neck. Trial and error are the best way to test what works for you.
  • Just need to find a real good pillow that will support my head and neck without going flat.
  • I have slept with a pillow between my knees for years and it really helps. My pillow is also a great pillow for neck and headaches.
  • Thanks for the tips!
  • Sigh. This article didn't help any.
  • FFPAWS
    I can tell you I am doing all of the above and still not getting any sleep. Not because of my Dog either. It is my husband who sits up most the night playing video games and then when he does fall asleep he is a thrasher. I go to bed around 9 at the latest every night and I read a chapter in a book and then it is lights out. I fall asleep then I am awakened either by the hubby thrashing, trying to play chase the bone-bone with the dog (ie hiding it under my pillow even though I am asleep) or my bladder...uggghhh.....

    I am in between doctors and rheumatologists at the moment. I see the spine specialist the first, then the pain specialist the 2nd and follow-up with the neurosurgeon the 7th. But a major appointment with the Breast Specialist I had to cancel as I had no ride. I live in a rural community and I have to see Specialists three hours away from me . our van will not make it and when it can our family has to pay for our fuel since we are both disabled and unable to work. Although, I am trying to get my Website and online boutique up and running. Trying the keyword--like since September 20th. My PC got hacked with Ransomware.

    Right now I have two bulging discs pushing on my Spinal Cord and in the same two places I have Stenosis. I also have Arthritic Damage moderately blocking off two nerve roots. I have just been diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis (IC) as well. I have been battling a Chronic Sinus Infection for over two full years now as my doctor refused to give me an antibiotic even though it meant my having to put off my Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment. So I firmly believe that this is where the bony arthritic damage came from. So I put in a complaint and the hospital decided to back her up as she has accepted a full-time position with them. So now I am transferring to another doctor in the same clinic. As for my rheumatologist, I was transferring to one that is closer at the family's request and well, she is the only one in the Valley and is so backed up on her referrals I am not able to get into to be established with her until after the first of the year. She has had my referral since July.

    I also ran out of my Lorazepam and cannot get it filled. Now my Bipolar Manic, PTSD Nightmares and nighttime sweating are back. Mental health refused to do it until I have a full psych evaluation again which they cannot do for a month and my doctor adamantly refused to even write a prescription for just one month's worth and I am almost out of my Muscle Relaxer, too which she also refused to refill as she stated that it was a rheumatological problem, therefore, my rheumatologist should be filling it. So no one is filling it.

    But in spite of all this, I am still walking twice a day as I am able to do so. I am attending new classes at my apartment complex when I can make it there and I am in a Christmas Choir. I play music 24/7/365 during the day andI play soft instrumental music at night.

    I am doing everything the way I am supposed to but with my doctor's or health insurance not being on my side it does not help at all. Know what I mean? But yet, I am the one labeled as being a Non-Compliant Patient all because I can no longer take Percocet due to an interaction between it and my body....So wrong.....
  • LADY_CASCADIA
    I disagree about not allowing pets in your room at night. I think pets are members of your family. Having them nearby when you sleep can relax you and help you feel safer. Get them more than one bed and put them throughout the house, so they have options. And when it's cooler, consider a heated bed or one which reflects their body heat. Put that in a warm enough spot, and that will be the go-to bed!

    If you keep the same schedule each day, it is very unlikely they will disturb your sleep unless they really need something. And if that's food, perhaps you can leave a little out before you go to sleep.
  • PILLOWCURE
    My neck has taken a big turn in the past some weeks and sleeping is the most unhappy part of my day. The pain is quite bearable during the day, but becomes intolerable when I lie down and wakes me up a number of times during the night. I have been sleeping on a pillow and though the pain is not as bad as if I sleep on another pillow – it is still terrible! The pillow I have is the kind with the ridge which is supposed to support the neck, but I have never been capable to get relaxed about it. Does anybody know of any other best pillows for neck pain?


    My neck has taken a big turn in the past some weeks and sleeping is the most unhappy part of my day. The pain is quite bearable during the day, but becomes intolerable when I lie down and wakes me up a number of times during the night. I have been sleeping on a pillow and though the pain is not as bad as if I sleep on another pillow – it is still terrible! The pillow I have is the kind with the ridge which is supposed to support the neck, but I have never been capable to get relaxed about it. Does anybody know of any other best pillows for neck pain?
    Thanks!

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