well, i've been taking amitriptyline now for 8 days, upping the dose every 3 days as advised by gp (and cannot up it anymore on her guidance), and i have to say, unfortunately, i am NOT impressed
the first night, last tuesday, it seemed to work - although i still woke a few times, i woke up and got up for school with my little boy, feeling better than i have in years, thinking i'd finally found MY 'wonder med'. but since that ONE night, i have had no effect from it.
take last night for example...i had an early night, after taking my oxycontin, paracetamol, naproxen, and amitriptyline, yet woke up in agony at least 7 times (when i woke at 12:30am, i was actually awake for about an hour), and then eventually gave up on getting any sleep and got up at 4:14am. it's now 4:53am and i'm shattered and in pain. just had to take some more paracetamol and dihydrocodeine just to top up, and now i will sit/lay here on the sofa, with my hot water bottle at the bottom of my back, and my heated wheatbag around my neck/shoulders, as usual, just watching the clock tick by until 7:30am when it's time for my little boy to get up for school.
i know i'm tired enough to sleep, cos i haven't slept properly in years, and every daytime i'm pretty sure i could quite easily fall asleep (but i try NOT to, in case it messes up night-time sleep pattern even MORE) but after having new meds given over the past few months, and finally amitriptyline last week as well, i had hoped i was 'set' for sleep and pain relief. but i'm still not sleeping, and still get VERY little pain relief - tonight i've tossed and turned because of the horrendous pain in my shoulders, hips and back...each time i woke i tried to find a comfortable position...but it wasn't to be, so, frustrated at not being able to sleep, and still in pain, i finally gave in and got up to make a coffee and take 'top-up' meds, in the hope that i can 'wake up' artificially before my little lad has to get up for school.
however, i'm now wondering (if it's possible) if i could be unresponsive (i THINK that's a word lol) to some or all of my meds...? maybe i'm just clutching at straws, and this is my lot for life
maybe i SHOULD sleep in the day, as many times as i CAN fall asleep, even it does mess up night-time pattern, just to actually GET some sleep, a couple of hours here and there as i can?
can anyone advise ANYTHING please?
hugs to all in pain xxx