Posted 14 February 2008 - 10:18 PM
I know this is called self-medicating and has very bad connotations, including being labeled ‘bad sleep hygiene.’ But I'm thinking that a Miller Light has fewer chemicals in it than Xanax or Lunesta or Provigil. Of course I don't drink enough to have a hangover or be sick or fall down. My liver is fine and I don’t operate any heavy machinery, unless you count setting my alarm clock. I've gone the route of ambien, atavan, valium, flexeril…, and those things actually made me feel more groggy some mornings, like they didn’t make it all the way through my system and are still dissolving or something. Also, I've traced those meds to an increase in sleep paralysis and nightmares. Then I have to counteract that with Provigil to make it through work all day. So I suspect the alcohol also helps my sleep rhythm so that I stay more alert during the day. But I know; everybody is different!
This ‘medication’ of mine is probably the age-old treatment for fibromyalgia (besides maybe bloodletting, laudamen and Geritol), but if I'm careful, the worst thing about it are the extra calories. Does anyone have any similar feelings about this guilty pleasure?
Posted 19 February 2008 - 08:44 AM
Mmmm....Merlot! If loving a good red wine is wrong, I don't want to be a right! Congrats on finding something that works.
The term "Self Medication" puzzles me. The stigma is bad, and I don't understand why. Why is it so bad to take care of yourself? Why is it so bad that find what works best for us? Is it really so much better when a doctor hands us chemicals, saying "Let's see if this works"?
There are some narcoleptics who swear by the use of marijauna, claiming it relieves some anxiety, as well as prepares their minds for nightly planned sleep (decreasing EDS). Then there are others who claim marijuana drastically messes with their sleep patterns. The point being that some people can find what works on their own, which is encouraging because with Narcolepsy, it appears that the effects of all forms of treatment have different results with different people.
A glass of red wine make good heart-health sense, and there's a pretty healthy wallop of anti-oxidents in there. If you're watching your consumption, I'd say congrats to finding something that works! It sounds like your date-nights with your husband should be a permanent part of your therapy!
Posted 19 February 2008 - 03:04 PM
God bless you,
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Posted 16 April 2008 - 07:18 PM
As a matter of fact, I saw my neuro today and the topic came up. He explained that alchohol does essentially that same thing as madofinil (Provigil), but to a limited extent. It's all about dopamine and neroepinephrine. I have a tremor and nystagmus, and whenever I drank, they both dissapeared (again, just an hour or two). Now on Provigil, the nystagmus is nearly eliminated and the tremor is also virtually gone.
I don't ever "need" a beer again! (but, uh, I still "like" to partake every now and then!
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