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12/3/10 11:07 P

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welcome. i guess it's better to find out about that drug now rather than later when you have even less control over yourself and the situation.

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12/3/10 10:35 P

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So glad to know your doctor is helping you with your sleep issues. Want to wish you all the best in getting drug free. emoticon

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12/3/10 3:30 P

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Hello, I have just found this group and glad for it.
I have always slept poorly since I had children but I thought with them now gone I was ready to enjoy a good night sleep. This not so since now I can only get a good 3 hrs deep sleep. I am resisting the idea of taking any pills for sleep.
The days I do not exercise are the worst so I try to do some form of cardio exercise everyday and have cut out all alcohol drinks of any kind. I cannot drink milk as I am lactose intolerant which used to put back to sleep. I am hopping that if I lose weight I will improve my sleeping or lack of it.
Thanks for listening.

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12/3/10 2:56 P

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I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and give everyone some information on what I believe has been a major factor in my poor health for the last year or so. I had been taking a sleeping aide called Lexotan which is very habit forming and I didn't know what or how this could effect you. They gave this drug to me when I was in the hospital with GI problems. I have been taking this to sleep every night for almost a year. Since my last hospital stay. As always I took all the meds, vitamins, etc. to a new GI doctor that I met with this week. He told me that I needed to get off of it and slowly cut back the dosage. So now I have done my own research on the internet and come to find out that the drug after a while doesn't allow your body to get the much needed REM deep sleep that you need. It can also upset your digestive system and all (the problems that I have been having, the lack of appetite, tiredness, eyes burning, etc.). So I believe that my body has a chemical dependency on this drug and will have to work very hard over the next six months to get off of this medicine. I am worried that I will never sleep right again. I guess that is one of the bad parts of living in Mexico is that you can simply go to the pharmacy and get these meds without prescription. You can get just about anything without prescription accept now you need a prescription for antibiotics. They passed a new law.
I am so angry with myself for not realizing what I was doing to my body. It's one thing to have bad health and a condition of which you had no control over but it is really hard to know that you did this to yourself. My husband was with me at the doctor appointment and knows that my body has a dependency on this drug. He has been so patient and so good to me and I feel so bad that I have been a bit of a burden throughout all of this. He is trying to make light of it and is endearingly calling me his "little drug addict". Cute, hun.
So now, I am really going to have to be a strong person to wean myself off of this medicine. But I believe this to be the root of my problems and there is some comfort in knowing what has been wrong with me and why I just have no energy at all.
So, I am writing here to be totally honest with all of you that have been following my health issues. And I am writing to warn all of my buddies out there to never go down the path of using sleeping pills. Getting off them is hell. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. You all know how it feels to be so tired all the time. You just don't feel like doing anything.
Anyway, I am committed to becoming drug free.
Sorry for the long post but it is healing for me to get this out in the open. Thanks for listening.
Hope all my sparks buddies are doing well

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