I am currently weaning off of Amitriptyline. It did help my sleep but left me a bit groggy. I’ve found that a mild or sometimes a stronger muscle relaxer is needed for fibro and muscle, joint pain due to neck and spine issues to help pain so l can sleep. I also take a low dose of Clonazepam, I’ve heard to can interfere with deep sleep, but trying to withdraw from it is difficult.
It has been suggested that l try Cymbalta or Trazadone instead of Amitriptyline.
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PLEASE..Do not take either of those drugs!! They are so hard on the system, the brain, and are even harder to withdrawal from. Especially the Cymbalta.
I worry about people who use certain prescription drugs as you can tell... One wonderful vitamin that helps insomnia is Magnesium before bed. If you take a bath in Epsom Salts with Lavender, drink a cup of Chamomile Tea and then take 1 or 2 Magnesium, you should sleep like a baby. Hugs
I have tried all those meds for pain and PTSD. Over the last 10+ years. I also have sleep in issues. I was on Clonazepam (Klonopin) for years to sleep. Big mistake. For me. The side effects of all these meds in my opinion are not worth the side effects. Also due to losing my daughter my conditions worsened. They added even more meds for depression. I was up to 11 meds. In 2017 I had massive seizures and when they tried to take me off the meds, they tapered to fast. Then my BP went so high over this last December, I almost had a stroke. Nothing would bring it down but the ER, and IV Ativan. I am better now. After almost two years of tapering and lots of pain and withdrawals. Off of all but two meds. No Benzodiazapines. No Klonopin. No Gabapentin. Only a beta blocker and Lisinopril. It's been extremely rough getting of these meds. I also use CBD. Oral and topical. I feel so much better with that and physical therapy to figure out light exercise and stretches. Tons of water. Sleep when I can is a must! Knowing your limitations is a must. Meds work for some. I wasn't one. And if you go to pain management, they can help as well. Tell them what you want and they guided me to other resources besides pills. Just my journey. Everyone is different. Hope this helps 🙏🙏 A lot of trial and error in my journey.
What gets me is the side effects of medication and then they give your more medication for the side effects. It's an endless battle.
I quite taking EVERYthing and yes I have some really bad days but not any worse than when I was on meds so what's the point? I have honestly found natural ways work. Before bed... hot bath with epsom salts. the magnesium will help the pain. Prayer and meditation and if absolutely needed, melatonin. Vitamn D3, B12. and proper nutrition... organic if possible and glutin free. Cost more? a little but your worth it and no more more expense on medication that you won't been anymore. AND... some sort of exercise.. This has worked for me but it wasn't easy at first. Sometimes I still have bad days... when I don't sleep or I'm super stressed and then I take CBD Oil and naproxin - like 1000mg. but it's not often.
Good luck with your pain management and sleep!
I'm going to try water therapy.. just water exercise - even if it's just walking. I heard it works really well. There's a group of ladies - all have fibro - they water walk from shallow up to the neck for 30 min a day and EVERY of them says it has helped them!
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I’m sorry you are having this issue with Aleve. I’ve had similar issues with meds.
They do have something called ‘Genesight’ testing that tells you how you might react to different meds based on your DNA. They don’t study the med itself but how you respond based on your genes 🌸
Hello, I take Zanaflex (Tizandine) 12mg a muscle relaxer and 100mg, Pamelor (Nortriptlynn), and 250mg Magnesium at bedtime. I would not sleep at all if I didn’t have the muscle relaxer. It helps with the spasms and tremors and sleep. I have tried Gabapentin, Lyrica, and Cymbalta and couldn’t handle the side effects. I also take multiple pain medications. I hope you find something that works for you. Sending gentle hugs