PTSD nightmares

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  1. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior Village Idiot

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    I awoke this morning bewildered to tears in my eyes; and was informed in lurid detail, multiple times, of how once again I spent most of the night thrashing about, screaming and howling like a dog in my sleep. I scratched my own face, but fortunately this time I didn't hit my mate in my sleep. Mercifully, I have no recollection of the dream whatsoever, but it seems grossly unfair to have such a wicked hangover without the dubious pleasure of having been roaring drunk first.
     
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    Sometimes... this is for the best.
     
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  3. ~Zen~

    ~Zen~ Dreamer Administrator

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    WoW! That is awful... I hate bad dreams. Since I stopped smoking pot my dreams are so intense!

    I have some friends who were in Nam, they are tormented by what they saw and had to do. Many have terrible dreams, and some say they can't sleep at all without smoking a LOT of cannabis.

    I hope you find relief, and your partner gets a gold star for bravery!
     
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  4. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior Village Idiot

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    Yeah; anyone who says they wish they could remember their dreams have never had a PTSD nightmare. If I never remember a dream ever again, that'd be fine by me.
     
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  5. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

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    Oh my. This is your brain dealing with past trauma.
    You are welcome to PM me for support. xxxx
     
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    I'm backing off of pot. It's messing with my sleep. I'm already prepared for some intense dreams.

    So sorry to hear this. Hope you get some relief. I'm also here whenever you need someone to talk to.
     
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  7. newbie-one

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    Sorry that you're going through this @Piobaire

    I think I may have already posted a copy of these links on one of your other threads, but they're probably worth checking out.
    Alternative Treatments for Physical and Mental Illness
    Self-Treatment Methods for Physical and Mental Health

    Have you talked to a doctor about treatment? I know mirtazapine, an antidepressant, can be prescribed off-label for treating PTSD. I'm not sure if other antidepressants could also be useful.

    Off-label uses can be hit-or-miss, it really depends on the evidence backing them. Off label often has a bad name, because pharma co's will often promote off-label uses for drugs that they have under patent to boost sales. On the other hand, a lot of older generic drugs may have an off-label use that is discovered after the patent has expired, and there's no one to sponsor them through the FDA approval process.

    A blood pressure medication, prazosin, is often used to treat nightmares, but that's also an off-label use. If you've got high blood pressure though, then prazosin might be a good choice to treat it.
     
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  8. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior Village Idiot

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    They put me on Prazosin a while back, but it didn't seem to help much. Saw my therapist today via Zoom; first words out of his mouth were "what happened to your face?"
    He suspects some of the fun & games are non-epileptic psychogenic seizures, which are not uncommon with PTSD; wants me to run it past the neurologist next time I see them. My mate tries stroking me to comfort me without waking me up or getting inadvertently struck in the process; says she might start wearing a football helmet to bed.
     
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    newbie-one one with the newbiverse

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    I hope things can get better soon
     
  10. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

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    Keep us, updated hun. xxx
     
  11. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior Village Idiot

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    Thank you both. Awake from nightmares at 3:00 AM, but at least no one's bleeding.
     
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  12. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

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    I am so sorry this is causing you so much grief.
    Good Morning hun. x
     
  13. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior Village Idiot

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    Thank you. I guess that in some professions, there's a price to pay. I hope that you have a wonderful day.
    I might take a pill tonight; just to try and break the cycle.
     
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  14. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

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    You too. xxx
     
  15. newbie-one

    newbie-one one with the newbiverse

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    Mirtazapine, or some other drug might still be worth a try.

    Even though acupuncture didn't work well for your mate, acupuncture and herbal medicine may be worth a try for this. There's some evidence it can help with PTSD. I can try to say more on the subject if you are interested.
     
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  16. Candy Gal

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    Bless you. X
     
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    Thanks Candy :)
     
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  18. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

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    You are such brilliant support.
    Your thread with links was excellent.
    I absolutely respect you.
     
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  20. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

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    May I respectfully ask you to help me support a few members?
     
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