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#147957 - 04/08/12 01:23 PM Re: Sleep - lack of [Re: Anne-Marie]
BuffaloFan Offline
Contributing Member (25+ posts)

Registered: 04/05/12
Posts: 30
Loc: Rochester NY USA
I changed my nightly habit last night.
Treated myself to a movie (ALONE frown ) and was asleep by 12
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squamous cell carcinomas Stage 2, 1/26/2012. Surgery 2/15/2012 - Finished Chemo 5/18/2012 Finishing Radiation 5/29/2012
So make every minute count-Jump up, jump in and seize the day-And let's make sure that in every single possible way -Today is gonna to be a great day

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#147994 - 04/09/12 01:27 AM Re: Sleep - lack of [Re: BuffaloFan]
Anne-Marie Offline
Patient Advocate (old timer, 2000 posts)

Registered: 11/03/06
Posts: 2556
Loc: TN
What movie was it? I'll have to get it next time I can't sleep.
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Anne-Marie
CG to son, Paul (age 33, non-smoker) SCC Stage 2, Surgery 9/21/06, 1/6 tongue Rt.side removed, +48 lymph nodes neck. IMRTx28 completed 12/19/06. CT scan 7/8/10 Cancer-free! ("spot" on lung from scar tissue related to Pneumonia.)




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#147996 - 04/09/12 02:14 AM Re: Sleep - lack of [Re: Anne-Marie]
Marly Offline
Contributing Member (25+ posts)

Registered: 03/31/12
Posts: 37
Loc: Rocky Point New York
Warm milk always helps me sleep.. smile
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Female- Age 49, Non-smoker, I Had 6 weeks of rad/30 treatments, No Chemo.
1/2 of my tongue had to be removed as well as Lymph Nodes. Surgery was 11 & 1/2 Hours long. 40 Lymph Nodes where removed, only one was cancerous. smile

My Motto since my diagnoses- It's All In The Attitude!!!

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#148278 - 04/14/12 08:58 PM Re: Sleep - lack of [Re: Marly]
emilyp Offline
Senior Member (100+ posts)

Registered: 12/09/11
Posts: 107
Loc: New Orleans, LA
I have been suffering from insomia as well - it has always been a problem for me, but in the past it was an occasional occurrence and ambien would work. Now, nothing seems to work! I am prescribed to both Ambien and Lunesta, but neither seem to keep me asleep. I have contemplated taking both at the same time, but am not sure of the side effects. Good luck to you, and let me know if you find anything that helps!
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Emily - 24 years old at diagnosis
HPV-, no risk factors
T2N2b Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Left oral tongue, poorly differentiated
Hemiglossectamy, reconstruction, partial neck dissection
30 Radiation treatments, weekly chemo (cisplatin)
1/13/12 last day of treatment
Diagnosed October 2011

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#148282 - 04/14/12 10:21 PM Re: Sleep - lack of [Re: emilyp]
klo Offline
"OCF Down Under"
"Above & Beyond" Member (500+ posts)

Registered: 05/18/10
Posts: 638
Loc: Sydney Australia
Hi Emily

Ambien is designed to help you fall asleep - not stay asleep unless you have the slow release version. I am not familiar with Lunesta.

Please tell your doctor that they are not working, and he or she may prescribe something else.

Unless your doctor has advised they can be taken together, you run the risk of added side effects (and essentially overdosing yourself) without any addition in therapeutic benefit. You can also develop tolerance to these drugs which means that your body gets used to the drug and requires more and more of it to have an effect. For this reason, they are prescribed for short term problems and should not be taken over extended periods of time
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Karen
Love of Life to Alex T4N2M0 SCC Tonsil, BOT, R lymph nodes
Dx March 2010 51yrs. Unresectable. HPV+ve
Tx Chemo x 3+1 cycles(cisplatin,docetaxel,5FU)- complete May 31
Chemoradiation (IMRTx35 + weekly cisplatin)
Finish Aug 27
Return to work 2 years on
3 years out Aug 27 2013 NED smile
Still underweight

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#148384 - 04/17/12 12:36 AM Re: Sleep - lack of [Re: Anne-Marie]
EzJim Offline
Patient Advocate (old timer, 2000 posts)

Registered: 06/12/07
Posts: 5260
Loc: Mingo Jct., Ohio
WOW and I tyhought 2 1/2 hrs solid was good. Yours sounds much better.This trach keeps one awake suctioning it out. No more tho. I just posted
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Since posting this. UPMC, Pittsburgh, Oct 2011 until Jan. I averaged about 2 to 3 surgeries a week there. w Can't have jaw made as bone is deteroriating steaily that is left in jaw. Mersa is to blame. Feeding tube . Had trach for 4mos. Got it out April.
--- Passed away 5/14/14, will be greatly missed by everyone here

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