GreenGal Posted April 13, 2006 Share Posted April 13, 2006 Hey Guys, Ok, I have severe sleep problems. I should point out I've always been more of a night person...I even usually worked 4PM-Midnight when I was working. That being said, bedtime for me was usually 2:00am or so and if I had to I could be up around 8:00am. Now, I'm lucky to get to bed by 8:00am. It's so ridiculous and so frustrating...I just can't take it anymore. The sun is coming up earlier and earlier and it's just damn depressing to still be awake. Yet for some reason both my family doc and my pdoc are hesistant to prescribe anything specificially for sleep (i.e. Lunesta). It was like pulling teeth to get my benzo script out of them, and even that appears to be inadequate (Klonopin 0.5mg mid day and 1.25mg at bedtime) because it doesn't control my anxiety and my cortisol levels are still through the roof when I've been told it should help lower them. My diagnosis are: (should really list these in a signature): GAD, Panic Disorder/social phobias, Pain Disorder, OCD and Borderline Personality Disorder. So, obviously you can see where a benzo wouldn't be unreasonable...especially since my anxiety is really bad (not working because I basically just sit around and cry and stress). Yet my doctors have refused to change or increase the benzo over the last few months citing that I'm "young" and too likely to get addicted (I'm 24). And sleep medicines...last time my GP finally said he'd "think it over" but that most likely he'll defer back to the pdoc who wants to give me Seroquel. I dont want to take Seroquel as I know there are other, less heavy duty meds out there. Plus, why take an AP for SLEEP? I know it can be very effective...but I'm the kind of person who would rather not go to an off-label use of something without first trying the drugs out there that are actually meant to help you sleep. One other thing I should point out is that I've never abused benzos, never tried to get a refill early, I don't smoke, drink or abuse other drugs and never have. I literally lead the most boring, by the book life imaginable so I don't know why they are soooo concerned about abuse with me (they've even mentinoed that I might be likely to sell them!?!?). Anyways, any suggestions for a good med would be great...and any tips for how to convince my doctor might be even better. Thanks Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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