Discussions By Condition: Sleep disorders


Posted In: Sleep disorders 2 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 16, 2007
  • 06:30 AM

first let me start by saying this.....MY MOM IS NOT A DRUG ADDICT!!
Doctors mis diagnosed something in her back and screwed it up so she has to take narcotic pain medication, she runs out of this 2 weeks early because they don't give her a big enough dosage to help. she has VERY high blood pressure.. taken at NORMAL times with a BP Patch and pill... it's still as high as if she were having a heart attack.. its like this constantly. she is very depressed and has serveral times attempted suiside... so she takes an antidepressant. she had to have a historectemy for medical reasons so she takes hormone pills. and she can't sleep without help so she takes a sleep aid. i'll name off all the meds i can remember what thier names are.
i can't remember what the patch is called

Oxycodone 5 MG capsules - 3 to 4 everyday

Benicar 12.5MG Tablets - 1 tablet evrry morning

Estradol 1MG Tablets - 1 everyday

Lexapro 10MG Tablets - 1 everyday

Synthroid 0.1MG Tablets - 1 everyday

Ambien 10 MG Tablets - 1 everyday before bedtime

Gabapentin 600MG Tablets - 1 three times a day

Oxycodone 20 MG Tablets - 1 every twelve hours

i just read the bottles.....
I think thats it.....

okay now..... heres the problem...

she runs out of her pain meds 2 weeks early every month because they have her on too low a dosage. and when she gets more at the beginning of the month....... she for some reason can't get to the bed. she stays up for days on end. the first couple days she just starts to act a little silly..and her judgement gets a little off, and she sways a bit. on the 4th or fith day she sways alot and her judgement is gone. she stays up doing chores around the house that DON't Need to be done. she won't listen to you when you tell her she needs to go laydown and sleep. she says "Im going to just let me finish what im doing first" then one thing leads to another and she never stops.shes constantly humming tunes that don't exist. by the sixth day sometimes the 5th.... shes completely out of it. shes now to the point that she can't sleep shes so tired. her body and mind have been going so long that they don't know they're supposed to stop. the makes wierd noises.... screams like... aaaaaahhhh woooo eeeeeeeee.. pshhhhhhhhh. and is always flailing her arms and legs around in bed. she won't even really stay in bed. she gets up and slowly walks around. swaying back and fourth.... she falls alot because she loses her balance easily. she falls asleep on her own... but only for a MAXIMUM of 4 minutes. it's impossible to sleep in the same bed with her at this point unless you WANT a black eye. an ambien only helps her sleep for 2 hours at most. i have to give her 2 somtimes to even get her fall asleep. other times 2 will knock her out for 6 hours. also at this point.... if she talks at all.. it doesn't make sense. she CAN'T stop moving her legs and arms. on the 7th-13th day she finally crashes. and sleeps for 8-17 hours strait. afterwards....... shes almost out of pain meds and she hurts......alot..... of course from moving for so many days..... and falling so many times. then next month.... it starts all over again. this has been going on for over 5 years. about 6 years ago.... the doctor dianosed it as "sleep Deprivation" and left it at that.......... i think theres more to it that that. maybe a combanation of RLS/ Extreme sleep deprivation and some sort of interaction with her meds???

can anyone help??

- Caity

p.s. yeesh!! i just realized how much i wrote. pretty good for a 13 year old. :)

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  • why isn't ANYONE resonding!!!!????? please help!
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  • First of all I want to say that Doctors do not like to give high dosage's of medication because the more you take, the more you need! Pain med's are very addictive and all of the med's that your mother is on is very addictive! They are probably trying to prevent her from becoming a drug addict! Another thing is that Lexapro can have adverse side affects! it is used to treat depression but can sometimes cause depression along with several other side affects! Pain medications also cause depression and can lead to suicidal thoughts and she is on several different ones and mixing them are a danderous combination! Maybe she should try to seek out a second opinion with a new Doctor! it seems as if her Doctors are only treating each individual symptom instead of looking at her body as a whole. Maybe they can reduce her number of prescriptions to two or three that actually work instead of prescribing medicine on top of medicine! best wishes to you and your mother, I think that you are to young to be worrird about these types of problems but I hope that they are solved!
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