I have such a messed up sleep cycle! It feels like I’ve barely had any sleep for the last couple of weeks. I’ll get tired, finally and then only sleep for about four hours. Then I’m up for anywhere from two to 18 hours before I sleep again.
I think all that lack of sleep came crashing down on my yesterday though. I feel asleep on the couch while Chris and I were watching TV. I’m not sure what time I fell asleep but I’d guess it was 10:30 pm. I woke up briefly when Chris went to bed. I even got up and walked around, but as soon as I settled on the couch again to watch TV I fell soundly asleep until about 4 a.m..
I thought I was up for good at that point, but I started to get really tired again around eight in the morning so I headed for bed this time and slept until noon or so. Yeah I know, sleeping until noon! Unheard of!
Here it is now after 4 pm and I’m starting to feel a bit groggy again. Maybe I’m fighting something else other than inflammatory bowel disease? I’m not going to lie down again this time though. Maybe I’ll actually get to bed at a decent hour tonight and sleep through the night?
Of course it’s the pain that I’m in from the Crohn’s that’s messing up my sleep. As I eat through the day my pain gets worse and worse. I guess the best cure would be to not eat huh?
I saw the pain doctor on Monday and she’s trying me on a new medicine. I haven’t started it yet though as I have such bad reactions to medications sometimes that I want to be sure that Chris will be around and awake for at least four hours the first two or three times I try the new med.
For once the new medication is not a narcotic. It’s a medicine that’s supposed to help with nerve pain called Lyrica (pregabalin). We used to give an older form of this medication to our pain / migraine patients when I worked in a pain clinic many years ago and it did help some people. Hopefully it will help me with my abdominal pain.
One of Lyrica’s side effects is that it might make you tired so I’m supposed to take it at bedtime. Huh? I don’t really seem to have a bed time anymore and if I want Chris to be around and awake when I take it I’m going to have to take it by 6 or 7 pm the first few times I try it out.
I do hope that it helps with my pain and my sleep. I can’t keep going on this way in constant pain with barely any sleep. I can’t.