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4/22/09 11:30 P

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KEERERRIFF, I am also 55, I was tested for sleep apnea. I do have it. They told me it was my weight and mine was very positional, when I turn over on my back I stop breathing. They told me to sleep in a tight t-shirt with tennis balls sewn down the middle of my back. I didn't think I could do that so I pile pillows up behind me to keep me from turning on my back. I also bought a thick foam mattress cover. I wake up with pain in my hips, legs and back. I think that is from being overweight. The combination of the two things has helped some what. You need to find out why your not sleeping. Is it pain? Is it stress? Then you can work on fixing the problem. I was also exhausted during the day. I started taking vitamins. They have helped my energy level during the day tremendously. If the Paxil is what is making you so tired during the day you need to get off of it.

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4/20/09 11:00 A

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I have trouble waking up in the middle of the night -it almost never fails - I wake up, eat something, then go back to bed. If I don't eat anything, I stay up, sometimes for hours before I go back to sleep. I have had this problem for at least 10 years and have mentioned it to several doctors. I take Lunesta to fall asleep, but I'm not able to sleep thru the night.
I'm afraid to take anything stronger - and I have a lot of things going on in life, so I attribute my sleeping patterns to that.

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4/20/09 9:48 A

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I am trying acupuncture instead of sleeping pills.
I went for the first time on Thursday and I slept well on Friday and Saturday but last night I couldn't sleep!
I am going for a second time today, hopefully the effect will last a little longer.
I can't take Ambien anymore because if the side effects.



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4/19/09 9:29 P

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Dear RUBYEMMA775,
I was reading your personal post now. The other comment was for those who have physical sleep problems. Dear one, if you are not sleeping because you are so far away frm family, then can they do anything to bring you and your children back to New York? Without knowing full circumstances, I can't really say. You are the one immersed in the situation. No one else can ever fully know what you personally experience. A church pastor or counselor might be a good idea. I know my father's church in San Mateo has Barnabas Counseling which is in a sliding scale and is Christian based psychological counseling. I personally think that makes a big difference. Cognitive therapy works great too from my own experience. Definitely prayer and centering your life in Christ makes a huge difference. Christ is ALWAYS protecting you. Also remember Mother Mary went through absolutely everything: Unwed mother, widow, watched her son crucified, no solid homebase and always migrating. "mom" makes a big difference too. Pray "talk" to both of them. They will listen. The true comfort comes from the Good Shepherd. Jesus the Annointed and Perfect one and never any partner who is imperfect.

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4/19/09 9:21 P

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Sleep clinic at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California might help. They helped my friend who might have erroneously been diagnosed bi-polar. Sleep is important and if you have a doctor who says "live with it" then get another doctor who will listen and try to diagnose with tests. Anemia can also make you sleep poorly and make you feel exhausted all the time.

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4/19/09 4:14 P

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Rubyemma775, I don't know what I could say to give you peace, so I'm saying some prayers for you.

There are people out there who love you!!

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4/19/09 3:58 P

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KEEFERRIFF - Could it be your hormones?
I know mine are out of whack right now with going through menopause. I wake up several times during the night with "night sweats"!!! Yeck!! I just started taking a HRT pill...not sure how it will work as it does take some time for the system to get use to it. I hope I don't get any of the side effects that I read about.






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KEEFERRIFF Posts: 9
4/19/09 3:17 P

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I'm also on Paxil and have been for 20 + years. Recently - last year or so - I've ended up so tired during the day that I actually got tested for sleep apnea. I don't have it. The specialist was so helpful (NOT) - he told me that it is my weight and age (I'm 55) and basically said that I just need to live with being tired. (So much for doctors). My doctor has reduced the dosage of my paxil but I still feel like the living dead during the daytime. I'm at my wits end. I'm so tired during the day that I have no energy to exercise and even though I "sleep" 8 hrs a night I wake up feeling so tired that it is as if I haven't slept at all. I've gone to my family doctor and to a specialist and all I get is a shrug of the shoulders and no help. I've had a full blood panel and there is nothing out of kilter. I am at my wits end and would love any suggestions you folks have. Oh and I am 40 lbs overweight. K

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4/18/09 9:27 P

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I travel a lot and sleep alone when on the road and it is tough to settle down. I end up leaving the television on all night for the noise, but that isn't good.

But, sometimes sleeping isn't the real issue -- it's not being connected and not seeing a way to get connected. Know that people care and that God loves you. Go to a church and tell them that you and the kids need to find friends and support groups. If the first church doesn't work -- try another. Talk to someone outside of the family every day, even if it's the clerk at the Dollar Store.

You are in my prayers.

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4/18/09 8:51 P

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I'm the same way... during times in my life when I'm alone and single (like now) I never sleep as well as I do with a partner. The thing is... no matter how long I'm alone, it never gets easier.

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4/18/09 2:08 P

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Ruby, I feel so bad for you. I remember what it was like when I was a young single mom. At least I was in the same town with my mom. The body pillow is a good idea. Try going to sleep to the radio too. If you're not going to church, look for one that has a strong singles group. Having friends should help. You might also try taking a class at the local community college. You will meet people that way. If you are needing family, try volunteering for something. You will meet all kinds of people that way. Set up a savings plan, even if you can only put away a few dollars at a time. Eventually you will have enough for the trip home, if you really want to go back. Another way to get home is to find a job there that will help pay for your moving expenses. Finally, if you can't afford a cell phone plan right now, you can buy a prepaid cell phone and call home. And find some fun things to do with your kids. You might just meet a single dad out with his kids too.
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4/18/09 1:59 P

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Katie Dunn, the problem might be the paxil. It can cause weight gaine in some people. Talk to your doctor. There are other meds you can try. I'm on lexapro and it doesn't have any side effects
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4/18/09 10:28 A

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KATIEDUNN - I was wondering if thyroid disease runs in your family? Yes, meds can might you gain weight.
I would suggest that you research all the meds you take and find out their possible side effects.
If you didn't have this weight gain before starting the Lyrica, then that is a good indication that it is the Lyrica causing the problem. Also tell your doctor about any issues you are having he can adjust the dosage or find something that could work.





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4/18/09 10:24 A

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I feel so bad for you with the different things going on in you life.

Can you move back to NY? Do you have one of those long pillows you could use at night to cuddle with?
Do you have a good doctor you could see or even a therapist?

I guess what I might do is take one thing at a time and try and deal with it. This way I don't feel so overwhelmed.

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4/18/09 10:21 A

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Hey Rubyemma775 - please tell someone how you are feeling, even if they are 3000 miles away talking to your family might help.You are not alone as there will always be someone here on Sparkpeople who will listen. Take care and I hope you do make it back to New York sometime soon

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4/17/09 11:13 P

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I am experiencing a weight gain that can not be explained by over eating, eating wrong things or lack of exercise. I had my thyroid checked and it is fine. I am thinking it has to be one of my meds or may interaction of meds? I take LYRICA for my fm and Paxil(generic brand) for depression and once in a while a xanax (generic) for anxiety. I know, sounds like I'm a pill junkie but I don't think so. Lyrica was the most recent one added so I am wondering if anyone has had side effects from it???

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4/17/09 10:46 P

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I find nights most difficult for sleeping because I don't have the sleeping quarters or partner I desire. I have been sleeping alone longer than with someone. I find sleeping with someone far more comforting than sleeping by myself. It is more difficult to drift off. I have actually had to have conversations with myself, pretending someone my age is there to keep me company until I fall asleep. My existence on this earth feels so limited because it is just me and the kids. I have never felt so alone in my life. I needed to write this to see how I feel. I never express my feelings to anyone, not even to my family because they are so far away. I left everything familiar to chase love. It has brought me 3000 miles away to a land that I am supposed to be in love with according to the natives, but for me just feels so wrong. I lay awake at night wanting a financial blessing that would get me out of this. I do not want to be with my family so much as I would like to be back in New York. I feel so far away from home and that is what I think about most when I lay awake at night hour after torturous hour. I never wanted to come here. But now I am stuck here Sleepless in San Diego.

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