Insomnia, continued...

My insomnia has only gotten worse. In the past I've tried Klonopin, Sonata, Lunesta, Ambien CR and varying amounts of Trazodone (25-100mgs). I've had a prescription for regular Ambien (and Trazodone) for ages, but it just doesn't work anymore.

Nothing is working. If I manage to fall asleep, its hardly ever before 2 am, and then I wake up around 6 am every morning. I'm awake (out of bed) for about an hour (making sure my son gets ready for school) and then I try to go back to sleep. From 7 am until 11 am (at the latest) I lie in bed, tossing and turning, trying to will myself back to sleep. Then, I finally just give up and get out of bed.

I feel exhausted and none of my doctors have a good suggestion - its just "try this one" and then I get a handful of sample pills and/or a prescription.

When I was at my LifeLink appointment on Thursday I asked the transplant nephrologist what he recommended - he seemed annoyed that I was even asking. He told me to ask one of my 'regular' doctors (uh... WHAT?!) My 'regular' nephrologist is always the most helpful (and the doctor I trust the most) so I'll have to beg for some new approach to try when I see him on Monday.

In the meantime... Does anyone have some suggestions for 'natural' remedies?! Yes, I've already tried tea, warm milk, a warm bath, no daytime naps and getting more exercise. What's left?

Look into accupuncture. The first time I tried it, I drove home, laid down, and literally couldn't move my body for an hour. The subsequent times, I slept during. If you go to someone who knows what they are doing, it might help you sleep, and then it may also help with the fatigue. It's expensive, but insurance may cover it with a co-pay.

Acupuncture is one thing I haven't tried. I know without checking that neither of my insurances will cover it, though. (boo!)

Hi, great blog. I am a Nephrology Fellow (somebody who is in training to become a Nephrologist) and I stumbled across it. Loved the pictures of pills before/after transplant and also the fistula surgery documentation. Perhaps I will refer some of my patients to your blog someday...

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