Evenin' folks! It is just about midnight on Friday and I'm still wide awake! Amazing change, and I'm not all that sure I like it, lol. For someone who has had to take Provigil daily in the past to combat EDS (Excessive Daytime Sleepiness) from my sleep apnea, being awake at close to the bewtiching hour is unheard of!!!!
A little over a week ago my rheumatologist called me out of the blue. It seems he had received a second notice from my insurance company that the Cymbalta he has been prescribing for my fibromyalgia is contraindicated due to my liver disease. Despite my liver specialist giving the okay, my rheumatologist called to find out "just how much relief" the Cymbalta is providing. Quite honestly, I think the steroids he prescribed for my inflammatory process and the Flexeril muscle relaxant are helping my pain the most. So I was okay with him taking me off of the Cymbalta. Less drugs in my body and less money out of my wallet!
However, I am now realizing just how much its sedating effects were countering the insomnia side effects from the steroids. Since stopping the Cymbalta "The Sandman" has apparently lost my address! I WAS hoping that once I am weaned off of the steroids I'd go back to my normal sleep pattern. I kinda doubt it though, as the last two times the doctor stopped the steroids my pain increased dramatically...and then I'm awake for a whole different reason. Oh well, I do some of my best thinking while counting sheep! I am forever grateful to the Serta company for giving me such an adorable little representation to hurdle the fences in my mind.
So, without any further ado, I am going to toddle back to my bed and try (for the third time tonight) to fall asleep. I do hope my poor little sheep aren't getting too tired!
Nighty-night.... (fingers crossed, lol)...and sleep tight!