Insomnia and Cancer

Posted by lacey @lacey, Nov 1, 2016

HI, my name is Lacey, I have been in remission since Jan. 2015 and I feel great except for sleeping issues. I was on
zolpiderm for at least a year and the insurance co. just denied the prescription any longer. Instead , they prescribed
Trazodone which does nothing . I haven’t slept in 48 hours and I feel that no sleep is going to cause worse problems
The zolpiderm let me sleep 8-9 hours a night. Do you have any help for this problem? Thanks, Lacey

I’m So sorry Sleep is So important!
My son with Epilepsy fights this everyday and it creates a vicious circle to fight being active, seizures and just quality of life. Keep us posted- he’s had a sleep study it was a waste of time for him!
Keep up the good fight!😁

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Insomnia for 15yrs, wake at the end of every 3.5 hr cycle. Benzodiazepines are ADDICTIVE! Initial was Ambien which my Dr refused to renew after 3 yrs due to side effects; switched me to Ativan, not perfect but ok, withdrawal produced symptoms of heart attack, last was Belsomra, expensive, after 2 months I had difficulty completing sentences in conversation. Best solution has been combination of THC and CBD in an oil tincture, lots of fine tuning to trade off sleep vs sluggish next days. A natural product your body can deal with unlike chemicals. My wife uses THC for relief of stenosis after a Laminectomy w' cage, hip, and knee surgery.

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@wa34937

Insomnia for 15yrs, wake at the end of every 3.5 hr cycle. Benzodiazepines are ADDICTIVE! Initial was Ambien which my Dr refused to renew after 3 yrs due to side effects; switched me to Ativan, not perfect but ok, withdrawal produced symptoms of heart attack, last was Belsomra, expensive, after 2 months I had difficulty completing sentences in conversation. Best solution has been combination of THC and CBD in an oil tincture, lots of fine tuning to trade off sleep vs sluggish next days. A natural product your body can deal with unlike chemicals. My wife uses THC for relief of stenosis after a Laminectomy w' cage, hip, and knee surgery.

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I was on Ativan for years and could not come off not sure if it did me any good but could not come off. (That is a bit difficult to understand!}1 Some years ago I started a new job. in a new city a very stressful time but realized that I had to come off. So I stopped. cold turkey. This time I succeeded I think is the expression

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My problems with sleep started some years ago during 10 weeks of radiotherapy when I was surviving on 3 hrs a night. Things did improve but recently am back to 3/4 hrs a night. Have no faith in the medical world.

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@doncampbell

I was on Ativan for years and could not come off not sure if it did me any good but could not come off. (That is a bit difficult to understand!}1 Some years ago I started a new job. in a new city a very stressful time but realized that I had to come off. So I stopped. cold turkey. This time I succeeded I think is the expression

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Hi, what side effects did you experience with Ambien? What dose were you taking? I am curious because I have been on Ambien 10mg for years. I have started waking up and eating in the middle of the night.

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Permit me to insert my experiences with Ambien 12.5 mg, which has been insomnia medication for over 16 years. I started taking Ambien 12.5 mg because of an insomnia struggle that I had been experiencing for quite some time. Other methods and medications were unsuccessful. I continue to use Ambien ER 12.5 mg because it has allowed me to obtain sleep and rest successfully without experiencing any side effects. There is no drowsiness on waking and no other signs of taking this medication. I wake in the night when I need to relieve my bladder and find no difficulty in finding the bathroom, whether at home, someone else's home, or at hotel rooms; I am aware of where I am. Following, I return to my sleep until the typically wake up time. This, and its generic form Zolpidem ER 12.5 mg, have been a successful benefit to sleep health.

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@becsbuddy

@dianepenning Hello, Diane. I’ve also suffered from sleep problems.i went to a sleep specialist who had me change my bedtime routine and it has helped a lot. No reading in bed, no lights in bedroom, cool room, stop use of electronics several hours before bed, and no alcohol. It took a little while but it sure has made a difference! Try these and see if they work

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I don't read or watch TV in bed, I have blackout curtains and even cover my clock radio to block the light, I turn the thermostat to 66 degrees, don't use electronics and don't drink. I have also experimented with different bedtime routines, but nothing has helped. Sleep medications just make me feel hungover the next day, no matter what the med or dosage they have tried over the years. AND I have several female coworkers (ages 50-60) that also have sleep difficulty and have been unable to resolve their issues through doctor visits, medications, sleep studies, etc. So, I guess we'll just keep looking for answers and hope for sleep.

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@dianepenning

I don't read or watch TV in bed, I have blackout curtains and even cover my clock radio to block the light, I turn the thermostat to 66 degrees, don't use electronics and don't drink. I have also experimented with different bedtime routines, but nothing has helped. Sleep medications just make me feel hungover the next day, no matter what the med or dosage they have tried over the years. AND I have several female coworkers (ages 50-60) that also have sleep difficulty and have been unable to resolve their issues through doctor visits, medications, sleep studies, etc. So, I guess we'll just keep looking for answers and hope for sleep.

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My parents in their late 60's developed insomnia, I've wondered if it is genetic or bad luck? I have no other close relatives to ask.

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@doncampbell

I was on Ativan for years and could not come off not sure if it did me any good but could not come off. (That is a bit difficult to understand!}1 Some years ago I started a new job. in a new city a very stressful time but realized that I had to come off. So I stopped. cold turkey. This time I succeeded I think is the expression

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@doncampbell Did going “cold turkey” help in the long run? Are you able to sleep now?

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@fmdadvocate

Hi, what side effects did you experience with Ambien? What dose were you taking? I am curious because I have been on Ambien 10mg for years. I have started waking up and eating in the middle of the night.

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@fmdadvocate, you may also be interested in the discussions in the Sleep Health group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/sleep-health/
In particular, this discussion:
– Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien) https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/weenoff-ambian-with-melatonin/

Did this waking up and eating in the middle of the night only start recently?

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@fmdadvocate

Hi, what side effects did you experience with Ambien? What dose were you taking? I am curious because I have been on Ambien 10mg for years. I have started waking up and eating in the middle of the night.

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{t is 40 years since I stopped Ativan. I am British so I do not know if your drugs are the same thing and since my experience ended 40 years ago I do not remember the strength,I took this drug for at least 5 years, When I tried to come off my body tended to seize up, I found it difficult to walk and generally everything slowed down, These were largely the symptoms I suffered when I started taking the Ativan. I realized that I must stop these pills when I started my new job.I only changed job when my employer shut down. So here was i with wife and 3 kids.When I stopped I had no ill effects. My original problem was Anxiety. I was a very unhappy guy. OK now.

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@becsbuddy

@doncampbell Did going “cold turkey” help in the long run? Are you able to sleep now?

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HI Becky. I was OK with everything I have belatedly replied on my experience somewhere else. This all took place 40 years ago and any disturbance to my sleep I would blame on my other real worries about job and money. I am sure I had no problem sleeping. I was more worried about l paying for our new house and coping with my new job. I had tried to stop pills before
fore unsuccessfully. Could it be I had so many real problems and they were real my brain changed gear! Good luck

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