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[Buddie]

Insomnia not getting better
« on: March 25, 2022, 10:08:01 pm »
Hello,
I have been lurking around this site for about 3 months now trying to get some hope that this will end.
I was on Xanax 1.5 mg/day for about 2 months. When I realized I had become dependent I quit c/t. I didn't realize at the time what this meant for me and by the time I found this site and learned what I had done to myself it was to late to reinstate for a taper. I only have 2 symptoms left insomnia and anxiety. The insomnia is brutal and I am only sleeping about 3 hours every other night if I'm lucky. The insomnia is brutal and I'm not sure how much longer I can survive like this. Hopefully somebody can give some encouragement because this doesn't seem to be letting up. All of my other symptoms have gone except these 2. I really believe if I can get some relief on the insomnia that the anxiety would go away as well.
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[Buddie]

Re: Insomnia not getting better
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2022, 10:13:10 pm »
Insomnia was bad for me too after my cold turkey so I stupidly turned to Ambien after about 5 months, hoping you won't do what I did.  What have you tried so far?  You've probably seen this post. http://www.benzobuddies.org/forum/index.php?topic=235100.0
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[Buddie]

Re: Insomnia not getting better
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2022, 10:34:29 pm »
I have probably read almost every insomnia thread. I have nothing but respect for theway. I have no idea how he managed to do it. I have only been dealing with this for 4 months and feel like my brain is shutting down. I have used all of the different Rx medications and while they do get me about 2 hours or 3 of sleep it doesnít feel like Iím at all rested. I know that there is nothing that can fix this except for time. But time seems to be moving so slow and it seems like I have had no improvement.
Thanks for responding to me [...].
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[Buddie]

Re: Insomnia not getting better
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2022, 10:40:07 pm »
What are you feeling and thinking when you're lying there trying to sleep? 
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[Buddie]

Re: Insomnia not getting better
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2022, 10:52:53 pm »
I try to think of nothing. I just close my eyes and breath deeply and count my breaths. Some nights it works and Iíll drift off for about 3 hours. I never seem to get that long recovery sleep that others talk about after being awake for 2 or 3 days. The most Iíll get is 3 hours. I was really hoping that I would have started to get at least a few more hours by now. I wish I would have done some research before I quit c/t.

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[Buddie]

Re: Insomnia not getting better
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2022, 11:19:14 pm »
Do you have stress, other than what is being caused by the sleep deprivation and anxiety?  Are you on any other medications that could be contributing?  Have you tired cannabis?
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Re: Insomnia not getting better
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2022, 11:56:49 pm »
[...],
I donít take any other medications. Occasionally 7.5mg of remeron to try and get some sleep. I occasionally use magnesium, and tryptophan before bed. I have never tried cannibus. Itís not legal were am I at and I wouldnít know how to get it. Not really much stress other than this insomnia. Iíve been on medical disability since January so donít have to worry about work thank goodness. Im at my wits end and donít know what else to do. Nobody really does. Docs just want to put me on a benzo and that would probably knock me out but it still wouldnít be real sleep. I just keep praying that I turn some sort of corner soon and start getting at least a little more sleep.

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[Buddie]

Re: Insomnia not getting better
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2022, 12:29:42 am »
I guess this is just the way it's going to be until it isn't, I hate the powerlessness of this. I'm glad at least that you don't have to worry about work for now but your short use of the Xanax really did a number on you.

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[Buddie]

Re: Insomnia not getting better
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2022, 04:23:51 am »
Hi [...],

I am super sorry that you are struggling with insomnia and anxiety. Those are my last 2 symptoms too. I know you are kicking yourself for CT off Xanax, but I tapered off and still had the insomnia. My point is: don't kick yourself. You may have gotten the insomnia anyway. Insomnia as part of benzo WD isn't uncommon at all, as you can see. I also went several months (3 to 4) getting 0 to 3 hours and, as you said it was "brutal". Very, very hard. I remember how elated I was when I got my first 4-hour night. It was like Heaven. Now, I am back and forth varying from zero to 8. I never know. From what I have read, it can really vary. For some people, it is more linear and for others (like me), it's all over the map.

Hang in there, [...]. We are on your team. Your brain and body have to straighten themselves out after your Xanax departure. It varies from person to person how long the recovery process is for all symptoms including insomnia. I still have anxiety as well. Mostly in the morning, when I first get up. It can be really bad. I know my body is healing and a lot of it is chemical. Same with you, I am sure.

Take Care. Wishing you well.

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[Buddie]

Re: Insomnia not getting better
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2022, 10:04:31 am »
[...], the insomnia that can go with benzo withdrawl really sucks - I really feel for you.  It took about a year for this nasty problem to resolve for me.  When I was a little over a year off benzos and at my wits end with not sleeping I asked my doc for an Rx for trazodone.  I take a small dose (12.5mg) at bedtime and that plus time helped turn the tide for me.  I think the help I get from the trazodone is more psychological than physiological but the better sleep is much appreciated.
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