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Sleep perchance to agony

It has not been a good couple of days on the pain front. Spike-throughs are far more common and also more intense, though on the flip side they seem to retreat more quickly when I pop additional drugs. It's almost like I'm going through blitzkrieg-like attacks. It comes out of nowhere, sucks like crazy, but poofs out of existence quicker than usual once I bring my forces to bear. I'm not sure if this is better than lesser but more intransigent pain, but it seems clear that at least boredom won't become an issue.

Another interesting new issue which I haven't mentioned before is the change in my sleep cycle. It's strange but over the past few months it's as if sleepiness has become like a light switch. Instead of becoming gradually drowsy over time, it's like the need to sleep ambushes me out of the blue with exhaustion. I feel like some octogenarian who's been kept up past his bedtime for some special event and then falls asleep in the middle of a meal or conversation. It's as if my ability to delay falling asleep has become impaired, not to mention that I don't sleep for as long as I used to. I now have a tendency to wake up feeling sore and crappy, certain I've been unconscious for 8 hours or more, only to look at the clock and seeing that only a single hour has passed. It's creepy and strange, not to mention incredibly disorientating. I can't even remember the last time I've slept anything close to 8 hours at a stretch. It almost feels like I'm slowly developing a mild case of narcolepsy. God only knows if it's yet another passing fad in symptomology or if it's something that's going to stick around over time.

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socarefully
Mar. 3rd, 2011 09:10 am (UTC)
The sleep thing sounds a bit like when I fly to Asia/America....as well as the jet lag I'm normally too excited to sleep the night before and unable to sleep on the plane.
henwy
Mar. 4th, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
Ya, but at least you have a logical reason for it. The flights and change in time is just messing with yoru circadian rhythm. In my case, it's just disturbing, not to mention unpleasant. I always wake up feeling like my body's been twisted into a pretzel despite the fact it's only been around a hour. Maybe I need a new bed or something.
socarefully
Mar. 4th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
Get a better matress....might help.

When I have chemo I'm really tired all the time but cannot sleep. Medication does things like that to you.
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