Progress Report: Sleep, Magnesium, Pain Mngmt

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Progress Report: Sleep, Magnesium, Pain Mngmt

Post  KimbaK on Tue 01 Nov 2011, 1:15 pm

I have not had any Ambien CR since October 22nd. I'm still not sleeping too well, but mood has been good. I can't understand how a sleep med affected my mood so much, I took it at night to sleep and would have thought it cleared my system by morning.

Anyway, broken sleep every night, but I know I'm sleeping because I dream. My short term memory seems to be a bit better as well. I wake up feeling refreshed but get sleepy as day goes on.

I am having more frequent migraine pain, but the meds are still working pretty well. And now if I lay down during the day to try to sleep off the pain, I can actually sleep. While on Ambien CR, I literally could not drop off no matter what I took. Even ER trips only produced a short nap.

So, no more Ambien for me. My doctor wanted me to taper off not quit cold turkey so I can't get her to give me anything else to help me sleep until this "taper off" period is over. I copied down the schedule she suggested for the taper off, but I will not get back on the Ambien CR to taper off. I don't want to go back into that black mood I was in. I have 3 more weeks of "taper off" before I can get anything. I'm just going to have to tough it out.

I have increased my Magnesium tp 1200 mg daily. I take 3 (400 mg each) tablets every morning with my regular meds. The dosage instructions say 3 tablets daily with meals. So far, no improvement. And I notice I'm back to taking pain meds daily again. I don't know if its the lack of sleep. No bowel issues either. Magnesium can cause loose stool so I thought that was another good reason to take it. With this stupid IBS, I struggle with constipation complicated by pain medication. So far, nothing has changed.

I'm feeling pretty sleepy right now, but reminding myself that its not worth it to take a short nap now and not sleep tonight. I have to pick up kids from school anyway so I can't nap.

Anyone have any suggestions on sleep meds?

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Re: Progress Report: Sleep, Magnesium, Pain Mngmt

Post  milo on Tue 01 Nov 2011, 3:25 pm

Have you tried melatonin? Pass it by your pharmacist to make sure it's ok with your other meds though. Lots of people find it works well for a sleep PRN.
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Post  Migrainegirl on Wed 02 Nov 2011, 6:38 pm

I also found Tylenol PM works well. I just take one.
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Post  Cluelesskitty on Fri 04 Nov 2011, 12:14 am

Congratultions on getting off Ambien, Kim!

I am sure it wasn't and is still not easy, no matter what.
I was wondering, how is your Vit D levels currently?

I have noticed after I had mine checked last year and found out they were too low, that once I started supplements
I was feeling a bit better, and slept a bit better. So maybe it's not Mag alone?

Also, I've heard L-tryptophan or 5-HTP is good for sleeping problems, too.
Supposedly is by prescription only, but it's here in Canada, I don't know about US.
http://www.raysahelian.com/tryptophan.html

The only question - can we take it with triptans?? I think we would have to ask our dr or pharmacist about that one.

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