Chronic Insomnia, Chronic Urticaria

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    Just joined on here because I’ve been endlessly searching for research or even upon a sleep disorder I got from my traumatic brain injury. Chronic insomnia in my case is when I’ve gone 53 days without sleep before, otherwise just a week or multiple weeks if I become immune to the sedative I’m prescribed. I have a sleep specialist but I’m looking for responses from individuals who have taken the medications, not just from a book or a doctor. With a brain injury, anything is possible and that’s why they can’t even put me in world records. That and I was prescribed 5 sedatives; Seroquel, Trazodone, Temazepam, and Ambian. All together, still no sleep.

    That doctor got fired for doing this to 4 others and my new doctor got me down to only 500mg of Trazodone. That was about 2 years ago and I had to stop due to growing into chronic Urticaria and getting allergic to Trazodone, Temazepam, Quetiapine, Xolair, Rozerem, Seroquel, and the rest allergy and pain medications totaling 16 allergies.

    I’m also allergic to Ibuprofen, Tramadol, and naproxen.

    I’m currently prescribed 10mg Zolpidem, Ambian had me black out during the day. I’m also taking 4 to 7 Benadryl liquid gels every night which is partially for allergy, more for sleep.

    I injured the part of your brain that controls speed and leisure-sleep. I was front seat passenger in an accident where it hit my side of the car. I am truly just wondering if theres another sedative or which sedative works best for sleep because my brain simply wont let me sleep every night and I’m getting used to 10mg Zolpidem. I only said my injury because my body died not react the same to massage therapy at night or even light therapy. Counseling us just dandy but it doesn’t flip the sleep switch in my head so I can sleep and antidepressants havent helped me sleep one day. I’m already taking melatonin and diphenhydramine.

    Any sedative suggestions I can bring up to my doctor that I see Tuesday?

    Is Zolpimist any better than Zolpidem? I need help falling and staying asleep. I’m not looking for a doctor, just honest feedback before they meds at me like a pin cushion again. I was up to 9 sedatives, nothing less than 4 times normal dose nor nothing higher than 9 times normal dosage.

    This is long, I’m sorry but what really works?


    Martin Reed
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    Sorry to hear about your struggles with sleep and urticaria, Sarah. Has your sleep specialist mentioned cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) as a potential treatment option?

    I know you mentioned counseling in your post and that you feel it is unable to flip the sleep switch in your head. CBT-I does take time to work, and the techniques can be challenging to implement — but CBT-I has been found to be helpful even for those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

    Heres something I wrote about sleep and traumatic brain injury. I hope you might find it helpful:

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