• Since my two surgeries, I seem to wake another be able to go back to sleep. Has this happened to you? I will mention to the Dr.

    Asked by Giraffe on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    Since my two surgeries, I seem to wake another be able to go back to sleep. Has this happened to you? I will mention to the Dr.

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    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Well, sure, after diagnosis you are naturally anxious and after surgery you are likely to have discomfort for a long while. I would mention it to the doctor, as you say. Sleep is critical for the healing process.

      over 3 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar

      My diagnosis is not breast cancer but I do know with thyroid cancer the change in hormones and the various treatments intrudes on regulating sleep, and this caused me to have difficulty sleeping which in turn makes everything more difficult to deal with because of the lack of sleep. You mentioned your going to talk to the doctor you might want to ask if it is hormonal as well with the type of medications, and treatments it may be affecting your various hormones necessary to induce sleep.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had horrible insomnia after Dx....it continued for a long time.....talk to your onc...Some people have success with Melatonin....I tried sleeping pills....Many of the meds I took had insomnia as a side effect, once I stopped them, my sleeping got better....

      over 3 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Hi, After my mastectomy surgery 3 weeks solid I didn't sleep but maybe 2 hours I couldn't believe I could stay up that long and still keep going!... I love sleeping :) did get better with time, but I still don't a solid good nights sleep I get up alot during night needing a drink, or the dog needs out, and hot flashes not helping either.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lisaflygirlbz's Avatar

      I was already having sleeplessness with the first surgery and diagnosis, and now another planned surgery are totally messing with my sleep. And yes, if I do wake in the middle of the night, it is rare to get back to sleep. My onc gave me sleeping pills which have helped a couple of times but not always - so much at play: your emotions, body chemistry, etc. And then the lack of sleep (as SMT4 stated), also curbs your productivity and clarity - a vicious cycle!

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      A good night's sleep during treatment was rare -- but much better now. The key for me is to not let my mind start wandering -----

      over 3 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I had sleep issues after surgery and especially during chemo, as those drugs have insomnia as a side effect. I took some mild sleeping pills and that helped. Once I was off all medications, inclduing chemo and Tamoxifen, my sleep got way better and I rarely need the sleeping pills any more.

      over 3 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      After my 2 surgeries for Ovarian cancer, I had horrible insomnia. The doctor gave me Ambien but I was hesitant to take it. I talked to him and he said I wasn't sleeping at night because I was napping during the day. He told me to listen to my body and if I was tired sleep and if I wasn't tired then I should try reading on listening to music. He said he wanted me to sleep but as long as I was resting that was better than nothing. Talk to your doctor about your sleep issues and see what is best for you. Take care.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      It's a though time, I got prescribed Ambien and it was great, I was able to sleep deeply which I badly needed.

      over 3 years ago
    • MaryMoo's Avatar

      I too had terrible insomnia which started after my first surgery (mastectomy) and did not get any better during chemo, radiation or reconstruction surgery. I tried Ambien but it gave me a hangover. Lunesta did the trick for me and I took it for almost 2 years. I was on a relatively small dose, 4 mg, and was gradually weaned off of it (3 mg, 2 mg, 1mg) over about 6 weeks. I still have insomnia about once a week but it is supposed to get better when I finish the Arimidex later this year. I agree with the others that you definitely need to get sufficient rest so don't get too hung up, for now, on whether you are taking a long nap plus a shorter sleep at night. If you feel rested, then you are doing what's right for you.

      over 3 years ago

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