I’m officially taking so many drugs, I’ve had trouble convincing myself to go to sleep. So, I have drastically altered my sleeping schedule. Here’s the schedule:
Percocet – Every 5 hours (1 pill, so I am getting better, however I do require 2 first thing in the morning to overcome my tossing and turning during the night).
Flexeril – Muscle relaxer 10mg taken 30 minutes before bed (for my bruxism, which is the fancy word for jaw clenching while I sleep… although it is currently helping with my back too).
Valium – One 5mg tablet every 8 hours. I take them at midnight, 8 am, and 4 pm. They make me very sleepy.
Klonopin – Two .5mg tablets taken 30 minutes before bed.
So here’s how it works:
At midnight, I take a Valium. An hour later (1am), I take one Klonopin. An hour after that (2am), I take the other Klonopin. At 2:30, I take the Flexeril. I stay up for another 30 minutes just to make sure I’m not going to have breathing problems or have my heart rate drop really low. So, I climb into bed at 3. I sleep approximately 5 hours on all those drugs before my back pain wakes me up, at which point, I get up, pop 2 Percocet and another Valium. And the day starts all over again. After the first dose of 2 Percocet, I can manage the pain with a single pill, every five hours (although, there are times when that last hour is a killer). I’m hoping to get to six hours between doses by Monday.
I don’t worry about the day time meds. They make me sleepy and they make me feel like a zombie. But that’s how I feel on all narcotics. It’s the night time stuff that actually bothers me. I know the doctor told me it wasn’t a big deal to take the Valium, Klonopin, and Flexeril within a short time of each other, but it’s hard to convince myself it’s safe. That’s a lot of medicated relaxation. Two types of benzodiazepines plus a muscle relaxer just seems like a lot of drugs that cause drowsiness and relaxation of the muscles (including the diaphragm).