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Sleeping Problems For Five Years And Stuck On Medication To Sleep

by Joslyn
(Canada)

I just stopped sleeping around 5 years ago. I was awake for 4 days straight when my husband finally took me to the doctor. The pills he prescribed didn't work.


I tried 6 different kinds until I found one that worked. I've been to sleep doctors and they say they can't help me. I just want to sleep again without being drugged.

The drugs really aren't working anymore and my memory is getting worse. It's starting to scare me. If I only take half my pills then I am awake sleeping as I am told its called. I see the same thing over and over all night long but yet I know I'm awake but can't stop the pictures from repeating.

My doctor offers no help. He just says to stop taking the pills, but then I won't sleep again. My eyes even refuse to close. I'm running around chasing my own tail with no end in sight.

There has to be something or somebody to help out there. I really have no life because I lack the energy to do anything. I would love to get a job but I can't remember things and I have physically no strength. I also have terrible mood swings because I'm always tired.

Surely I can't be the only person this is happening to. I just want my life back to normal again.

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Nov 22, 2015
Sorry about this NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm so sorry :(

Feb 04, 2016
I am sorry but I am in the same boat NEW
by: Jiwa

I am in same boat but I have many other symptoms. You can not heal anything if you cant sleep. I now also stuck and depends on dangerous sleeping that can only make me sleep for only two hours maximum in good night (with nightmares) and now seems that resistant to the med and scared to lift the dose. Half pill cant do nothing. In the morning at noon my body is tired asking my brain to get along to sleep but my brain could not response that anymore but just causing a painful neural reaction in my whole back, the more I close my eyes and relax, the more attack. I want to learn together and find solution, not many people experience like us that is why we can not find clinical websites to help. Most of website and forum already too dramatic for regular insomnia. They think they know everything. They know nothing about my condition but blaming sleeping schedule and die, that is all. I have question, have you ever had an infection that treated with antibiotic in the past year or recently? If you do whats the medication name, for how long and the dose? If its fluoroquinolone alone or quinolone with nsaid, that could be the cause.

Feb 04, 2016
I am sorry but I am in the same boat NEW
by: Anonymous

I am in same boat but I have many other symptoms. You can not heal anything if you cant sleep. I now also stuck and depends on dangerous sleeping that can only make me sleep for only two hours maximum in good night (with nightmares) and now seems that resistant to the med and scared to lift the dose. Half pill cant do nothing. In the morning at noon my body is tired asking my brain to get along to sleep but my brain could not response that anymore but just causing a painful neural reaction in my whole back, the more I close my eyes and relax, the more attack.

Feb 04, 2016
answer NEW
by: joslyn

no i don't take any of those meds

Apr 20, 2016
tired NEW
by: Anonymous

did u guys find any solution?

Apr 21, 2016
reply NEW
by: joslyn

so far nothing has changed,i am now trying reiki and then when that goes well then i will try hypnotizing,we will see how this goes.

Apr 21, 2016
tired NEW
by: Ashkan

hey joslyn. just to know i have the same problem as you. im not sleeping about 5 days and sleeping pills only worked for first day.can u please tell me which pill worked for you out of those? and whats your main problem about sleeping? i cant initiate sleep and go throw deep sleep stage are u the same?

May 08, 2016
Why u cnt sleep. NEW
by: Roel

Why u cnt sleep.what kind sick u hav ?pls reply im confused?are u ok now?

May 08, 2016
Mr confused NEW
by: Roel

What happened?are you ok now?what findings of your doctor?why u cnt sleep.pls snswer im so confused

May 08, 2016
Just asking NEW
by: Roel

Hi joslyn are u ok now.im so confused bwt ur confition.what is the findings of your doctor?why u cant sleep fo u hav illness or ffi maybe?im do confuse r u sleepibg in the daytime?

May 09, 2016
sleep NEW
by: joslyn

no the doctors can't figure me out,they think could have something to do with perimenopause and possible PTSD,at this point they don't know

May 28, 2016
Please help NEW
by: Susan

My sister s st thr ER right now and on day 5 of no sleep. She has felt like she is having constant adrenaline rushes in her stomach. When she starts to dose off the rushes are huge, waking her up. It's now causing severe anxiety and heart races. Has anyone had an MRI on their adrenal glands??



Jun 01, 2016
Hey Susan NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey Susan

Im having the same issues gushes of adrenaline from my gut. Is your sister doing ok now? I cant sleep either. How is her sleep? Is she getting to sleep at night? Did the emergency room doc give a diagnosis?

Jun 09, 2016
Can't sleep at all either NEW
by: Anonymous

I feel your pain. Nothing works. If I do feel tired (rare) and doze off for 30 seconds or less, I wake right up again instantly and then I'm done and can't go back to sleep. I will lie in bed the entire night, tossing and turning, wide awake. I'm worried about how I'm going to keep getting up to go to work!

Jul 24, 2016
No sleep equals almost no life NEW
by: Lisa

Hello people, I sympathise with you all, because in the past 5 or 5 years, I can count the number of proper decent sleep I've had on one hand. I haven't gone to the doctors yet about it, but will this week. Most times I get to sleep by 4:AM, and sleep a few hours. Everything I wanted to do, is just on the back burner, and my life feels very unproductive and pointless even.

Jul 24, 2016
No sleep equals almost no life NEW
by: Lisa

Hello people, I sympathise with you all, because in the past 5 or 5 years, I can count the number of proper decent sleep I've had on one hand. I haven't gone to the doctors yet about it, but will this week. Most times I get to sleep by 4:AM, and sleep a few hours. Everything I wanted to do, is just on the back burner, and my life feels very unproductive and pointless even.

Sep 22, 2016
dealing with the same NEW
by: Anonymous

No pills work it started 6 weeks ago im in quick sand u are not alone

Dec 25, 2016
cant sleep deep about a month NEW
by: Akash

im having problem sleep.its starts with heart palpitation at night.I dont know its panic attack or what but when I try to sleep I cant for palpitation.doc prescribed me adlock, sertaline, and 0.25mg sleeping pill that doesnt work but only for 2 hrs.then doc increase my dose to 1mg for 10days and added zinkgo biloba for good blood passing in brain.but sleeping pill didnt work for me.i cant feeling for sleep but im very tired and very weak it feels like i could not sleep in my life.then doc said to exercise daily and stay busy at work everytime and at last added medazolam bp 7.5 for 10days.than now I see strange dreams every night and wake up at mid night.I dont know what to do now. Now my question can I will able to sleep normally?? Can anyone suggest med.I really need help

Feb 01, 2017
adrenalin rush as i try to sleep NEW
by: matt

i am in the same boat. i was on medication for anxiety for about 2 months and then suddenly i started having these rushes of blood/Adrenalin to my head every time i start to doze off. it is almost as if my brain is refusing to let me sleep. sometimes it is a feeling from my chest up to my head and other ties it is a sudden jolt. It only happens when i close my eyes and it is as if my brain is saying "No you are not sleeping" i have had days at a time with no sleep at all and other times i manage to get about 3 or 4 hours due to complete exhaustion. it has even got to the stage now that i don't even feel tired. my whole body is exhausted and i have a constant pain in the right side of my head, but i don't get the feeling of droopy eyes and "oh yeah i can sleep now". i have been prescribed valium and circadin (a melatonin tablet), but so far they do nothing except make my body feel even more exhausted. the doctors have no idea what the problem is. if any one else is experiencing this please let me know.

Feb 26, 2017
@Matt NEW
by: Lisa

Just wondering, were you finding it difficult sleeping b4 you went on the pills for anxiety?

Jun 03, 2017
Has anyone found a solution? NEW
by: Jeremy

I have been been doing this as well lately and can not figure it out. I also have had dp for a month straight now. I tried melatonin and colonzepam and they get me a few hours of sleep but I am one of those people that need adequate sleep or I cant function. Does any one have a solution to this?

Jan 26, 2018
Hormones? NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi. I can completely commiserate.
I wonder...you didn't mention your age. But could this be menopause or Peri-menopause? That's when it all started for me.

Just thought I'd tatie it out there for consideration.

Even if it's not meno, perhaps it's worth getting a comprehensive hormone panel (FSH LH estrogen progesterone testosterone DHEA etc )

Have you had a sleep study?

(I haven't read through all the comments do I apologize if all thus has long been suggested)

Good luck. I hope find some zzzzss

May 03, 2019
I'm so very sorry.
by: Anonymous

I have so much empathy for you. I know exactly what you're going through. It makes you absolutely miserable. I have suffered with insomnia is and on for 15 years, but never anything like this past 14 months. I have not slept at all in 7 months now. I do sleep 1-2 hours every week, and 5-7 hours maybe once a month, but that's all. I am dying of cancer, but my sleep disorder is not related to the cancer.
Have you tried mixing 40mg Benadryl with 20mg melatonin? That gets me really sleepy, so it might work for you. It makes me start to doze off, but I never actually fall asleep, and I figure if it's strong enough to make me doze off then it might work for you. 3-4mg Klonopin make me sleep 8-9 hours a night, but I'm way too damn exhausted to even go to the Dr. I have family grocery shop for me because I'm always way too exhausted to go do it myself.

I truly hope you find a way to combat your insomnia. I know how horrible it is!

God bless you🙏🙏

May 03, 2019
still don't sleep
by: joslyn

i have tried benadryl i'm allergic to it, also melatonin is a hormone and may be what caused my problems to start with along with stress and my own hormones,i'm no further ahead than i was,i have also tried CBD oil with and without THC no help,i can't smoke it as i'm allergic to smoke,i've heard THC in gummy bears is supposed to help,i haven't tried it yet

May 10, 2019
To Jiwa NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm not sure who your comment is to, but I have did take antibiotics 3 months ago. I did a 14-day-course of amoxicillin. I did do some research since my last comment, and after doing research, I went to a Dr. to get tested for non-bacterial, non-viral meningitis. I had a lumbar puncture done, a full body CAT scan, (one with nuclear dye and one without), and the tests showed not only that I had meningitis causes by brain cancer, but also inflammation of other organs. This is why I have not been able to sleep for such a long time.

I have known about the cancer for 3 years now, but doctors never did address my insomnia like the Dr. did last week, so the underlying cause of my insomnia went undiagnosed for a very long time. The Dr. wanted to prescribe Klonopin, (3-4mg) at bedtime for sleep, but I refused. Klonopin works excellent for my insomnia, however, because I have sleep apnea caused by the brain inflammation, it could relax my diaphragm too much and kill me in my sleep, so I refused the prescription. I did find that combining 25mg of diphenhydramine with 20-40mg melatonin did finally get me to sleep last night for the first time in 5 months. I slept 8 hours! Damn did it feel good to get some sleep!! I'll continue to try that combination, and see what works best for me. You might try it yourself.

May 10, 2019
Hi, Jiwa NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey bud, you can't be allergic to cannabis smoke. That's impossible. Any doctor who told you that made a misdiagnosis. Being allergic to cigarette smoke is a real thing, but not to cannabis smoke. Try some cannabis. Smoke a heavy indica. Don't try a sativa, because it will just energize you. Cannabis actually really works for my insomnia exceptionally well. The problem is I'm unable to afford it. It would cost me $1,300 for 4 oz. to last me a month, and that's way above my budget.
I understand your concern for melatonin, but the only way it can mess with your hormone balance is if you don't eat a nutrient-dense diet, and you poison your body with unnatural drugs, (pharmaceuticals), street drugs and alcohol.

Try cannabis some time. It really might work for you, though it's really expensive.

Yeah, diphenhydramine can be bad for you. If there were any chance of my cancer being cured, I would not use the Benadryl because I know it's dangerous long-term. However, I prefer to take the risk, and at least try to sleep every night before I die. Sleep is a luxury, so I choose to try to be comfortable while I'm dying. You would probably do the same thing.

May 10, 2019
still don't sleep NEW
by: joslyn

i am allergic to all smoke and yes even pot! there is no such thing as a natural cure,quack woo/pseudoscience meds are just that not medicine,as somebody who has tried almost everything including quack/natural,holistic all garbage medicine,it doesn't work because its fake,i live in canada where pot is legal it doesn't work for everybody and it doesn't work for me

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