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Re: Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera gouda

Posted by Lasagne on June 24, 2003, at 11:02:10

In reply to Re: Thoroughly annoyed at Strattera Lasagne, posted by gouda on June 24, 2003, at 2:13:07

> Thanks for checking up on me. I'm an ADD - Inattentive Type, so my problem is different from Hyperactives. I cannot focus and get distracted easily.
> I'm having the same "cannot relax" problem as you!! I totally feel your annoyance at the sleepiness compounded with being tense!
> I'm having the similar problem, I take Strattera at night to help me fall asleep.
> However what I run into is ... my mind is racing like 100 mph, I'm obsessively thinking about "things I forgot to do" ... "what I should have said to someone" ... "what I need to get done" ... etc etc ....
> My body is calling to me to sleep.
> My mind is calling to me to get up and get stuff done!
> Is your "inability to relax" caused by your thoughts as well??
> Gouda

Hi Gouda:
I find that my tendency to have obsessive thoughts has decreased overall on the Strattera, but since I started having this nighttime sleeplessness I find that I go through spells at night where I go over the conversations I had with others. It seems to happen around 3 a.m. and sometimes lasts for 1-2 hours. Then I finally fall back asleep but my back and shoulders are still tense so I don't sleep very well. I have also noticed that I have dreams where I have some kind of conflict with different people. I wake up and really feel anger toward whoever I had a conflict with in my sleep.
Yesterday I got so sick of feeling so tense while trying to sleep that I called my doctor to see if it was okay for me to take my Flexeril (muscle relaxer again). He told me to take 5 mgs. 3 times a day for a few days to see if my muscle spasms and soreness in my back and shoulders ease up. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 7 years ago and sometimes go through "flare ups" with the syndrome. Why this is happening right now is a mystery to me. For the first 5 weeks the Strattera had such a calming affect on me and I slept so well. Plus, my stress level dramatically decreased during the last few weeks. Go figure! I usually only flare up during times of extreme emotional stress or exhaustion. Then if I rest my body somehow bounces back and I feel fine.

Last night I had to wake up about 2:30 a.m. to take some more muscle relaxer. I did sleep better, but my back was still a little tense. This morning my back still feels out of whack. I am tired but I know if I lay down my back and shoulders will bother me. If I could only sleep standing up!




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