View Full Version : Doing well but trouble sleeping! help!

08-19-2008, 12:53 AM
Hey everyone,

I am 7 weeks post op now and really am doing well. I am back moved into my apartment at school and classes start thursday. I feel ready to sit through class, the only thing is, will I be able to stay awake? I am SOO tired during the days because I am having such issues sleeping at night after coming off all my meds. I take tylenol occasionally, and at night have resorted to benadryl (tylenol PM basically), and 1/4 to half of a valium to go to sleep. Problem is obviously it doesn't help that it makes me really tired during the days and I really am not sleeping well even taking that. I am not going back to see Dr. Lenke until September 17th for my follow-up, and I am so sick of being tired!!!

Anyone have similar issues after getting off their narcotics? I have been off of them for a good three weeks now and I can't imagine I would still be having withdrawl. If you had this problem, how have you dealth with it? Any advice would be appreciated!!!!


08-19-2008, 06:45 AM
I did not sleep well at night for weeks but once I went back to work, I think that improved. I had gotten so used to resting at will during the day. I think once you get back into a routine and you are forced to be awake and upright for most of the day, you will sleep better at night. The hardest thing for me being back to work was holding my head up all day - my neck hurt!. I was so used to lying down alot at home. Computer work didn't help. As soon as I got home from work I would go lay down for 30 mins or so - I would tell me husband "I have to go get flat for awhile".

08-19-2008, 09:14 AM
I still have trouble sleeping and it's been almost 6 months since I came off the meds. I take Melatonin at night which helps a little. I also stay up very late so I'm more tired, and I get as much exercise as possible. I also use a fan for white noise. Since I started working and getting more mentally tired, I'm doing a bit better, but it's been frustrating.

08-20-2008, 04:19 AM
Hi Abbie,
I found that using relaxation tapes helped me get to sleep really well, and all the other usual things like not drinking coffee in the afternoon. I'm also a university student, and I think you're doing so well to be feeling ready to get back to class. I found I had difficulties with sitting and concentrating, as well as motivation after my surgery. If you need to take a bit more time, don't be afraid to because you wouldn't want your grades to suffer.

PS- are you at Kansas State? ( I think that's the name, with all the purple colors!) My friends who live in Kansas both went there.

08-20-2008, 10:46 AM
PS- are you at Kansas State? ( I think that's the name, with all the purple colors!) My friends who live in Kansas both went there.

No, I'm at KU... K-State is our neighbor rival, but I know a lot of people that go there too. If it rings a bell, KU men's basketball won the national championship last april!!!

As for the sleeping, I don't actually sleep during the day. I am not much of a nap person because I feel like I am missing out. Then I'm wiped out by 10pm which is when college world comes to life. I usually go to sleep around 1-1:30 amd wake up around 9 or 10am (that's going to change here soon, classes start tomorrow again). I wake up like every two hours during the night, so I never get a good night's sleep. Is is unreasonable for me to ask my dr for a sleep aid? Just so I can sleep better and stop taking the 1/2 valium at night?

08-20-2008, 11:02 AM
well... i have those nights when i can't sleep... but i will be praying for you, and hopefully you'll be able to sleep. have you asked about lunesta???
maybe that would help??? my friends mom's take that.

08-20-2008, 05:01 PM
Abbie-- just wanted to say I hope you get the sleep issue resolved. Talk to your doctor about it.

I hope you have a great year-- study hard, but enjoy life too. (It IS possible to do both.) :D

08-20-2008, 05:14 PM
I came off all my pain killers only ONE week after surgery and had SO much trouble sleeping. I couldn't find comfortable positions then my leg or butt would be sore/asleep lol. But probably 2 or 2 and a half weeks after my surgery I started sleeping WELL and sleeping in laaaaate hehe.