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Ever since having surgery , I have had extreme insomnia i'm maybe sleeping 2 hours a night if that . Is this normal ?

Ever since having surgery , I have had extreme insomnia i'm maybe sleeping 2 hours a night if that . Is this normal ?

Low side: 2 hours a night of sleep is lower than average. However, daily sleep time can vary greatly from person to person. If you are not feeling rested or is drowsy during the day, then you are not sleeping enough. Hard to know whether your surgery has anything to do with your sleep or not from your question. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Boland
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Insomnia. After65 days post surgery?

Insomnia. After65 days post  surgery?

Consult your MD: A lot more needs to be discussed about your new-onset insomnia. There seems to be no chronological correlation between your surgery and insomnia. Please discuss it with your primary md and mention any additional stressors, any new ideas related to prior surgery, any changes in family/environment, any other medical symptoms and any other information that could help md to help you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract sporadic fatal insomnia from a surgery?

Is it possible to contract sporadic fatal insomnia from a surgery?

Rarely: Most major surgical procedures done under general anesthesia have risks, which include but are not limited to death ("fatal insomnia"), and other complications particularl to the procedure in question. Death is generally rare to encounter considering the volume of surgeries performed. ...Read more

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What,s the main reason of insomnia in an eldery adult (75) years post surgery which caused brain hypoxia ?

What,s the main reason of insomnia in an eldery adult (75) years post surgery which caused brain hypoxia ?

Difficult to know: insomnia can occur with depression, worry, chronic pain, acute pain, congestive heart failure, caffeine or as a medication side effect. It can occur if there is reversal of the normal sleep wake cycle (taking naps in the daytime then up at night) Sometimes confusional states can lead to insomnia ( eg, urinary track infection in someone with pre-existing brain dysfunction or a degenerative state) ...Read more

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What surgical options are available for constant ankle pain, swelling, difficulties walking and difficulty sleeping? 1 surgery already no effect

What surgical options are available for constant ankle pain, swelling, difficulties walking and difficulty sleeping? 1 surgery already no effect

Depends: Hard to offer specific surge rival choices without knowing the problem specifics. Scar tissue can be debrided, loose bodies removed, instability stabilized, and arthritis treated with joint resurfacing or fusion. Very broad range of options with very specific indications for each. ...Read more

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What are the rules about sleep position after spinal surgery? Will i need to sleep on my stomach after spinal surgery? I'm concerned since that's the only position i absolutely cannot sleep in because it aggravates my heart.

What are the rules about sleep position after spinal surgery? Will i need to sleep on my stomach after spinal surgery? I'm concerned since that's the only position i absolutely cannot sleep in because it aggravates my heart.

Back is fine: You would want to check with your surgeon, but i tell my patients to sleep either on their back or their side. It is unlikely you would be told that you have to sleep on your stomach. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Hi, post nasal drip since 13 yr.I'm 30 now.Trouble sleeping, fell tired.Nose also congested.Had three surgery for congestion then again come back.

Hi, post nasal drip since 13 yr.I'm 30 now.Trouble sleeping, fell tired.Nose also congested.Had three surgery for congestion then again come back.

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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I am on nocor for hip surgery. I am unable to sleep body shaking and jerking when trying to sleep, also difficulty urinating. Should i call my doctor?

I am on nocor for hip surgery. I am unable to sleep body shaking and jerking when trying to sleep, also difficulty urinating. Should i call my doctor?

Absolutely YES: Nocor is an opioid narcotic and does have adverse effects. Other narcotics may be better tolerated, such as a Butrans patch. Contact your doctor and get more comfortable. ...Read more

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70 year old male going to have cataract surgery in 10 days and told he can take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for unrelated joint pain. Can he take Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM instead? He has trouble sleeping with the pain.

70 year old male going to have cataract surgery in 10 days and told he can take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for unrelated joint pain. Can he take Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM instead? He has trouble sleeping with the pain.

Talk to your doctor : Tylenol PM has acetaminophen and diphenhydramine (benadryl). Benadryl has historically been prescribed for sleep. Some people tolerate this well with good sleep. Some people experience excitation and insomnia. Long term use of this drug in the elderly can cause memory impairment and is not generally recommended. Talk to your doctor about alternatives for treatment of your insomnia. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Thanks for y'all's help, I am about to end my life after years of this. I'm 18 but aged myself, stunted my growth from major chronic stress, insomnia?

Thanks for y'all's help, I am about to end my life after years of this. I'm 18 but aged myself, stunted my growth from major chronic stress, insomnia?

Suicide? GET HELP!: I'm sorry you're feeling so discouraged -- it sounds like you've had a lot to deal with. It doesn't appear from the info you've supplied that you've had any treatment for depression, and you don't list this as a medical problem. Yet, it's very possible that this treatable condition could be driving your decision to end your life. Tell your parents and/or your doctors about this, & get help now! ...Read more

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How do I treat insomnia?

How do I treat insomnia?

Depends: Depends on if the insomnia is due to stress, psychiatric disorder, a primary sleep disorder, another medical condition, medications or poor sleep hygiene. The best treatment is addressing the reasons for the insomnia. Chronic insomnia is best treated with a behavioral program called cbt. Medications are usually indicated for short term use. ...Read more

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How can I help insomnia?

How can I help insomnia?

Agree w Dr. Bansal: 1.Keep regular bed & waking time (even weekends). Rise same time each day, regardless of time you fell asleep. 2. Develop relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath/shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress & pillows. 4. Bedroom is only for sleep & sex. No work materials, computers, & TV in room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hr ...Read more

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How can I stop insomnia?

How can I stop insomnia?

Depends: Depends on if the insomnia is due to stress, psychiatric disorder, a primary sleep disorder, another medical condition, medications or poor sleep hygiene. The best treatment is addressing the reasons for the insomnia. Chronic insomnia is best treated with a behavioral program called cbt. Medications are usually indicated for short term use. ...Read more

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How can I treat insomnia?

How can I treat insomnia?

Insomnia: Start with looking at your sleep hygeine. Go to bed and rise at the same time each night and morning. Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, and relaxing, not too hot or  cold. Avoid caffeine. Avoid large, late meal. Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping. Physical activity may help, but not too close to bedtime. If your doing all these things and not sleeping see your doc. ...Read more

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What can I do for insomnia?

Sleep Hygiene is Key: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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How can I treat my insomnia?

Depends: Depends on if the insomnia is due to stress, psychiatric disorder, a primary sleep disorder, another medical condition, medications or poor sleep hygiene. The best treatment is addressing the reasons for the insomnia. Chronic insomnia is best treated with a behavioral program called cbt. Medications are usually indicated for short term use. ...Read more

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What can I do for my insomnia?

Agree w excellent: Input by dr. Jacobson. Some specifics on sleep hygiene: retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more