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Old Fri, Sep-08-06, 14:10
angelpie06 angelpie06 is offline
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Default Fibro Sleep Disorder

Does anyone have any recommendations for something other than prescription meds to help with sleep?

I have been in remission for nearly two years, but the sleep disorder is back with a vengeance. I cannot take Elavil...it caused unbelievable weight gain (about 35 pounds in six months) and am reluctant to take any prescription sleep aid unless I've no other option.

Thanks in advance for your responses.
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Old Fri, Sep-08-06, 14:19
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Have you tried benadryl? It is an antihistamine. Makes me very, very sleepy.
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Old Fri, Sep-08-06, 14:40
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Thanks, Nancy. I had considered trying it and took some last night because I have such bad allergies right now. I was able to fall asleep pretty quickly, although I only slept about 5 hours. I'll keep trying it.
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Old Fri, Sep-08-06, 15:05
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If I wake early I take another one. Usually 1/2 of one is all I need.
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Old Sun, Sep-17-06, 20:09
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I take 2 benadryl every night - although I take it as tylenol PM (it is the same med, only its blue and I am allergic to red coloring)

Also sometimes I take melatonin.

There's some sleep supplements available - swanson vitamins has several.... good luck with it, getting enough sleep is SO important...
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Old Sun, Sep-17-06, 20:11
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have you had any test done to see about your sleeping habits.

i have sleep apena. i have to use a machine at night to help me. sue
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Old Mon, Sep-18-06, 09:20
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No, I've not had any testing since my doctor diagnosed the sleep disorder as being one specific to fibromyalgia, which has the characteristic of having difficulty entering and maintaining the REM stage properly.

Right now, I'm doing the Benadryl. It works well most nights. I'm also going to start exercising so that I am more physically tired at night.
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Old Wed, Oct-11-06, 16:47
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i take ambien a couple of nights a week, md said not to take every night i also take percogesic an otc, they have changed the formula on it and now it contains tylenol and benedryl just like a lot of 'pm' meds
i have trouble clearing out meds esp benedryl and the next day i am moving like a snail
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Old Thu, Oct-12-06, 09:24
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I take a supplement called Knockout. The brand name is Schiff. It seems to work pretty well for me.
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Old Sun, Jan-07-07, 21:30
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Angry Benadryl, Tylenol PM and Gravol

All of these are exactly the same drug if you read the ingredients...It is just you can buy 100 NO NAME gravol for about what they charge for 12 benadryl. I confonted a pharmicist with this a few years back and he admitted I was right.

If I can't sleep, I try to take two gravol along with my muscle relaxant about one hour before bed.
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Old Thu, Mar-08-07, 14:19
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I use herbal remedies from the healthfood store. The ones that contain Valaian and california poppy work the best for me because valarien relaxes you muscles and california poppy is a hypnotic, so it just knocks you out like sleeping pill.
WONDERFUL STUFF!!!

I don't think you're suppose to take california poppy if you're on antidepressants, . But check with the healthfood store and your doc
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Old Thu, Mar-08-07, 14:29
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Talking Benadryl An Expensive Marketing Ploy!

Any members who are taking Benadryl as a brand name are paying way too much. Benadryl and Gravol and Nyquil, Tylenol PM all contain exactly the same drug..read the labels. THus if you buy no name motion sickness pills, check the labels, you will see you are getting exactly the same drug for one tenth the price. I can get a package of fifty for under five dollars! I confirmed all this with a pharmacist I have known for thirty years and she admitted it is all in the marketing..but is exactly same active ingredient
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Old Thu, Mar-08-07, 15:13
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wow, that is interesting. I bet you that A LOT of people take anti-histimines and then take the Tylenol PM to sleep. They could be setting themselves up unknowingly for some side effects.
I take Claritin and took something for sleep a couple of times when I was traveling and couldn't get to a healthfood store. I slept but I felt really rotten in the morning. I bet that's why. Thank you so much for that information.
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Old Fri, Mar-09-07, 07:48
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Muscle relaxants are the best thing, in my opinion. When I was diagnosed with fibro she gave me cyclobenzaprine, generic flexor. Slept like a baby and even had DREAMS! from what i can recall, they are relatively cheap, though.

That aside, magnesium is supposed to help with sleep as is 5-HTP. Might look into those things as well.

Come to think of it, i'm sleeping really really lightly right now and dear husband's unbearable snoring is not going over well. Maybe i'll take my own advice.
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Old Fri, Mar-09-07, 09:28
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Plan: Superfoods RX
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Location: Sarnia, ON, Canada
Thumbs down Tempurpedic - No No No No!

I Just GAVE AWAY my TEMPURPEDIC mattress to charity. If you have fibro DO NOT EVER NEVER NO WAY DON"T HINK AABOUT IT>.ever buy one of these. I had read far too many reports of fibros and arthritis sufferers getting worse after buying one of these nightmares. I sucked it up, went shopping for a long time and finally found a really good serta pillow top on sale and the nice salesman after hearing my tale of woe knocked price down even further, eliminated delivery charge and told the delivery guys they were to assembly my new bed frame and reattach the headboard for me. That was three weeks ago and my sleep has improved amazingly!
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