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Old 07-14-2012, 04:33 PM   #11
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If you don't sleep nekkid, you wouldn't have to worry about that part, but going for a drive in your sleep is a possibility. I have put bells on our doors, they are still there from when I was taking Ambien and Shrek had to return me to bed several nights in a row. I was so out he couldn't wake me up, but luckily I was okay with going back to bed.

30 minutes after taking Ambien I was also prone to having conversations that I did not remember before going to bed.
My sister-in-law's doctor prescribed Ambien for her several years ago. He told her to make sure she had finished doing everything she needed to do before taking it. As soon as she took it she went to the bathroom and then was headed to bed. It acted so fast that she fell sound asleep on the toilet! When the doctor said to be done with everything, he meant everything!
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:37 PM   #12
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My sister-in-law's doctor prescribed Ambien for her several years ago. He told her to make sure she had finished doing everything she needed to do before taking it. As soon as she took it she went to the bathroom and then was headed to bed. It acted so fast that she fell sound asleep on the toilet! When the doctor said to be done with everything, he meant everything!
I'm trying to figure out how patients can fight it and not sleep. I took it for a month, slept well, awoke refreshed. But the sleep wandering and the waking amnesia did not fly with me.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:38 PM   #13
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I take it Ambien is a sleep aid. I am not fond of mind altering drugs. I took myself of Wellbutrin. I have no idea why I was on it. When I found out it was used as an anti-depressant, I stopped taking it and tossed the rest. I don't think I have ever been depressed. I am more of a fighter and conniver on how to get better on my own, if the medical folks can't help. And I always come out on the winning end.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:03 PM   #14
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Yes, Ambien is a sleep aid and I need help to sleep or I will not sleep. At the time I was not sleeping for days at a time and in that condition I was a danger to myself and others. Turned out I just needed my anti-depressant increased and I'm all left again! Hormonal imbalances were making me a basket case.
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:30 PM   #15
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Yes, Ambien is a sleep aid and I need help to sleep or I will not sleep. At the time I was not sleeping for days at a time and in that condition I was a danger to myself and others. Turned out I just needed my anti-depressant increased and I'm all left again! Hormonal imbalances were making me a basket case.
I have never had all the female problems with hormones and menopaus that most women suffer with. But having seen so mnay of my friends go through hell, I can certainly understand. In turn though, I have had more than my share of other major medical problems.

The only times I got a little loopy with hormonal problems was each time I was pregnant. And I couldn't even stand myself. I don't know how others put up with me. But once that baby was born, I was right back to normal.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:42 PM   #16
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By-the-way, the painful hip? The day I started this, I was hobbling around OK enough that morning, but it got worse through the day. Around 4 p.m. I realized there was no way my husband could get me in the car (many steps from house to garage uphill in one direction, to the street downhill in the other), the pain had gotten so bad. Called my local doc and was told to call ambulance and get to ER. Very small town, called 911 and immediately said, NO EMERGENCY and explained the situation and that hubby and I would meet them at the top of the front porch steps. No lights or sirens, please. Ironically one of the EMTs was a previous owner of our home and knew exactly where & why I fell (will have those steps fixed). They X-rayed me, next thing I knew I was in ambulance #2 on my way to Dubuque. Fractured hip, do NOT move. By trying to "gut it out" I'd exacerbated the problem. Had emergency surgery that night (10 p.m. Weds P.M.).

Fun, fun. Am home now. The first 48 hours at home were enough to make me feel suicidal, but now I'm doing reasonably well. Was told all around that having tried to keep in good condition all these years (weight lifting, pilates, and zumba in the past year) will stand me well in recovery.

And, yes, I too have night terrors. Have never tried a sleep aid, sometimes am tempted. I seem to have every sleep disorder known to mankind (well, not apnea, so could be worse!).
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OMG, Claire. Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery for you.

Eeks! A fractured hip! OMG.
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Fractured hip. I am so fearful of having one from falliing. My heart goes out to you. I have seen so many elderly folks with this problem. No fun for anyone. The patient or family. Please take care of yourself. Do whatever the doctor says. I am glad that the pain got so severe that it stopped you in your tracks before you did anymore damage. God knows what he is doing when you try to tough it out.

My prayers and thoughts are with you and wishing you a speedy recovery.
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(((Hugs Claire))). I'm so sorry to read about the fractured hip.

Now, my mini lecture: Mother Nature didn't invent pain to be mean. She invented it to tell you, "Don't do that!".

I surprised the heck out of the doctor at the ER when I broke my kneecap. He had it X-rayed from all sorts of angles. He had never seen that kind of fracture with no displacement before. It was broken horizontally all the way across. It hadn't budged at all in any direction. I explained my theory on pain and he laughed. He said he wished more people would listen to the pain.
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(((Hugs Claire))). I'm so sorry to read about the fractured hip.

Now, my mini lecture: Mother Nature didn't invent pain to be mean. She invented it to tell you, "Don't do that!".

I surprised the heck out of the doctor at the ER when I broke my kneecap. He had it X-rayed from all sorts of angles. He had never seen that kind of fracture with no displacement before. It was broken horizontally all the way across. It hadn't budged at all in any direction. I explained my theory on pain and he laughed. He said he wished more people would listen to the pain.
I hear ya TL. I have a high tolerance for pain. But when I reach my limit, I STOP. One time I tried to work through the pain in my hip and spine. I ended up on the floor until it subsided. Lesson learned. Right now I am going between cleaning the kitchen and sitting here until the pain subsides. It may take me longer to finish the kitchen, but I won't end up on the floor again.
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