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nomemo
Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012 12:47 AM
Joined: 3/21/2012
Posts: 439


does anyone have problems being tired a lot?  i try to exercise and eat as healthy as i can because i am also diabetic; try to spend as much time outside as i can to get my "seratonin fix" and stay active in or around the house.  however, some days i may be up for a couple of hours and then am so exhausted that i have to go back to bed and i'll sleep from 45 minutes up to an hour and a half!  the same thing may happen in the afternoon.  there's no rhyme or reason for it......it'll happen and then won't happen again for another week or two....but i hate, hate, HATE it when it does happen!  i take 2 oral meds for my diabetes 2x/day; 500 mg depakote er 2 in a.m. and 2 in p.m.; 10 mg. aricept 1x day; 10 mg.namenda 2x/day, 60 mg. paxil 1x/day; and 10 mg. of ambien when i go to bed.  i honestly don't think it's the meds; i think my body is really, really tired and my brain's releasing those "tired" juices (that's what i call them!)  i have frontal temporal dementia, formally diagnosed in 2010 after a couple of years of testing.  i know that when i have my psychotherapy and my cognitive therapy every week that i am extremely tired from using my frontal lobe for a long while and that gives me extreme headaches as well.  but on the other days, my whole body just seems to be exhausted.   what do others think?
Iris L.
Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012 4:02 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 17899


Yes. 

 

How old are you? 

 

How much sleep do you get at night?  At least 8 hours? 

 

I've posted about this before.  I guess it just happens.  I am 62. 

 

Iris L. 


nomemo
Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012 11:05 PM
Joined: 3/21/2012
Posts: 439


sorry, i didn't read your post on this from before.  i'll be 57 years old in may.  i do take ambien at night and i do sleep; get REM sleep and wake up around 8:30-9:00 a.m.  i was put on ambien because i was getting my days and nights reversed i.e. up working around house, cooking, cleaning, etc. at night and wanting to sleep during day.  ambien really helped getting me back on track.  however, i've noticed that for the past couple of months i have been experiencing this annoying tiredness- i hate to, but so much so i give in to it.  but i'm still able to sleep at night with the help of the ambien.  any type of activity, in house or out, i'm glad and happy to do, but i'm really tired after.  again, more so after my therapies or when i'm grocery shopping, church, visiting or having dinner or lunch out.  with the ftd it's hard to follow a couple of conversations, that takes a toll so by the time i get home i "beat"!  the other thing is, about a year or so into this i developed tremors, especially in my wrists and hands and especially when trying to hold a pen/pencil or eating utensils, plates or playing my ds.  if i use a soup and salad bar in a restaurant, sometimes my hands will shake as i'm trying to carry the plate from the bar to the table.  i'm always afraid that i'm going to drop it!  i've noticed that i feel the tremors have gotten wors in the past few months.  i'll be  going in for a repeat brain mri this tuesday at 4:00.  i will call the neurologist's office to let them know that i want the dr. to cfall me with the resujlts, even if are not changes from before.  i still want to talk with him and have to ask him these questions.   my carb cravings i've been having along with sweets ..   anyone else dealwith this or have any suggestions?
Iris L.
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 1:01 AM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 17899


nomemo wrote:
i do take ambien at night and i do sleep; get REM sleep and wake up around 8:30-9:00 a.m.  i was put on ambien because i was getting my days and nights reversed i.e. up working around house, cooking, cleaning, etc. at night and wanting to sleep during day.  ambien really helped getting me back on track.  however, i've noticed that for the past couple of months i have been experiencing this annoying tiredness- i hate to, but so much so i give in to it.  but i'm still able to sleep at night with the help of the ambien.  any type of activity, in house or out, i'm glad and happy to do, but i'm really

 

 

Nomemo, there is a phenomenon called "next morning drowsiness" or "next day drownsiness" in which the sedating effects of a sleep medication persist when one wants to be awake.  That might be the reason for your persistent tiredness.  It happened to me on the previous sleep medication I was taking. 

 

Talk with your doctor about this.  You might be advised to take the ambien earlier in the evening, or reduce the dosage. 

 

Iris L. 


RebeccaJ
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 5:55 AM
Joined: 4/19/2012
Posts: 83


I also have extreme tiredness anytime. The sleep studies show lack of REM. All I can do is plan sleeping in 3 hour intervals, which includes a daytime nap. A schedule is most important. Ambien is not good for more than a few days. I take Mirepex, Vitamin B50 complex(time release), Vitamin C-500 and L-Tyrosine (precurser to dopamine) in the evening. There are also some herbal supplements to calm the brain.
Iris L.
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 7:37 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 17899


I began using a CPAP machine a year ago.  It has changed my life.  I sleep through the night and no longer feel the need to sleep during the day. 

 

What did the sleep specialist recommend to treat the lack of REM sleep? 

 

Iris L. 


nomemo
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 10:52 PM
Joined: 3/21/2012
Posts: 439


i don't have a lack of REM sleep; i sleep just fine at night and get up in the morning refreshed and ready to start the day.  it's because of that, that i can't explain the tiredness that i'm experiencing during the day.  as a matter of fact, it's off to bed i go now!  nitey-nite!
Myriam
Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:04 AM
Joined: 12/6/2011
Posts: 3326


Could it be depression that may be causing you to feel tired all the time? I began to feel that way and started to sit under a full spectrum lamp for 20 minutes a day (didn't want to take an anti-depressant). It worked.
nomemo
Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:19 PM
Joined: 3/21/2012
Posts: 439


hey, i don't count anything out.   i do take 60 mg./day of paxil as well as have weekly counseling to help me deal with the dementia and see psychiatrist to help with med management/counseling.  but now that you mention about the light, i have noticed that the tiredness seems to have gotten worse over the winter months when there is less sunlight.  kind of like how one gets tired, drowsy and lazy on a dark, rainy day.  perhaps i should think about a full spectrum light, also.  on a side note, i'll be going later today for repeat brain mri.  haven't had one for 3 years and neurologist wants one to check on any changes there may be, or if no changes, which would be good.
nomemo
Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 5:50 PM
Joined: 3/21/2012
Posts: 439


thanks, everyone, for responding to my posts and your suggestions.  i will give each serious consideration!  so glad you're all out there!