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Registered: Jan 99

posted 01-13-1999 02:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Amy   Click Here to Email Amy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
IBS affects me the worst at nighttime. It doesn't matter what I have eaten, I still wake up with a rolling stomach around 2 a.m.

Does anyone have any suggestions for sleep? Even rudimentary stuff like relaxation? I am open to anything. I have to be at work at 8 a.m. everyday and I am getting desperate. I haven't gotten a good night's sleep in about two weeks. I have called to come in late once already during this time and am looking to do it again this morning. What a fine predicament!

--Amy the night crawler


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posted 01-13-1999 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Amy !

Have you considered "Melotonin" ?

If NASA would consider it for John Glenn during his last space flight, it might just not be as fringe as you might think.

I have no personal experience with it.

I've been taking a b-complex and b-12 subligual lozenge and been sleeping like a baby laterly.

Here's to zzzzzzzzzzzz'sss

Regards - Duane
ps - I'm not a Doctor and don't play one on TV either...


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posted 01-13-1999 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill   Click Here to Email Bill     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aside from the usual stuff, regular bedtime, don't eat for an hour before, don't do anything stimulating, I've found one thing that works for me.
Take a tape player to bed with you and put a "self improvement" type hypnosis tape in it.
I usually drift off in about 2 minutes, works every time (still on my first tape after 15 years, tho ) Seriously, you might try some nice relaxing music to listen to. Heck, I even *occasionally* take a sleeping pill, doesn't always work, but it might be worth a try, too. Barring all that, maybe you can catch a short nap in the afternoon to keep you going (just don't do it too late or you'll NEVER get to sleep).


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posted 01-13-1999 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heykate   Click Here to Email heykate     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,Amy. I've been diagnosed with IBS for 25 years and have always felt better while sleeping. However, these last couple of weeks I, too, have been waking up in the middle of the night with a "rolling" stomach (a good description of the feeling, I might add). I was supposed to start a wonderful new job today and had to postpone due to a very bad night. I hate to admit this, but I have always found relief with a sedative. Diet, exercise and other medications seem to make no difference. However, like you, I am in an IBS bind right now. Chin up! It's nice to know we're not alone!


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posted 01-13-1999 07:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only thing that helps my rolling stomach is "gravol"


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posted 01-14-1999 12:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for K   Click Here to Email K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I usually don't have pain at night, but I do have a horrible time getting to sleep. I've tried melatonin- it doesn't work for me. I've tried herbal supplements (valerian and kava kava)- doesn't work for me. The only thing I've found that works is sleeping pills, which I only take if I have to get up early the next morning. If anyone else has ideas, I'd love to hear them!!!! K

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