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#61 Lesx2

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 06:54 PM

Try Imovane(sleeping pill). I just take 1/3 of a pill. It gets me sleeping. I tried Melatonin and it only works sometimes. A glass of wine and melatonin worked though. I would think Tylennol is a bad choice for longer because could it not damage your organs?


Valerian works to help me sleep - all natural. I purchase at Whole Foods - recommended by a homopathic doctor at a conference I was at. Better than Melatonin for me. Also had to eliminate multi vitamins that had B-12 in them, can't sleep or have wild nightmares if I have taken any B-12. May you all find something that works for you.. sweet dreams !
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Posted 19 March 2010 - 01:23 PM

Mirtazepine is an Antidepressant. It will give you a raging appetite and is not to be taken lightly folks - with give you withdrawls if you take it regularly then stop. Just for info. :huh:
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#63 Lane GF

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 09:47 AM

I have had sleep problems all my life. I could drink a cup of coffee at night, and yet go right to sleep. It just won't last. When I awake, I can't go back to sleep.

Contrary to what one lady said on here, I find that a glass of wine helps me get to sleep. Usually not all night, however.

One recent thing that I have tried is Alteril. It's main ingredients include L-Tryptophan, Valerian Root Extract, GABA (Gamma Aminobutric Acid), and Melatonin. It has a lot of other stuff, so be sure toread all the label. It does have Lecithin from Soybeans which could be a problem to some. This helps me better than anything else that I have tried. Melatonin alone, double dosed, does not help me.

I am trying to adjust my Thyroid use. There is some connection between Thyroid disease and Celiac Sprue. Many in my family suffer from Thyroid problems. My father's was hyperactive & he had to have it radiated. He later died from Celiac Sprue. It couldn't be treated. Statistically about 10% in those days did not respond to treatment. If I take enough Levothyroxine to keep my energy up, I have PVCs or PACs. If I don't take enough, then I can sleep most of the day. When I went Gluten-Free, my need for thyroid was reduced.

BTW, just checked my package, and Alteril does not claim to be Gluten-Free. I am not suspicious of the listed ingredients, but I guess I need to check further. Anyne else know the answer to that question?



Did you ever get a answer to the Alteril question you asked above? I have a soy intolerance as well and this is the only thing in it I can figure is contributing to my problems. I have been taking it for almost 4 months and have not been able to find out if it is Gluten-Free either. Thanks
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 06:00 PM

Welcome, Lane! Here's what I found from their website.

For customer service, call 800-727-1664, Monday through Friday, 6 AM to 7 PM PST.

Yea, not so much help with the list of ingredients. . . but maybe if you call they can be a little more helpful. Best of luck!
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Posted 07 May 2010 - 04:25 PM

Has anyone every thought or considered doing a parasite cleanse. As for my adrenals...well I'm waiting to see how all my adrenal hormone supplements will help me.
Also I read something along the lines of celiac and leak gut always means parasites within us.
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Oh boy. I go to an N.D. too, and she wants to test my adrenals as well as for LGS. And she wants me to re-test to see if the heavy-metal detox I did got rid of it all. AND she wants to test my hormones. Let's see...at between $125 and $350 per test, depending on which one it is, and me with no insurance....it's gonna' be awhile. But as soon as I get the $$, I think I'll go with the LGS test first, then the adrenal test. That makes sense that LGS and parasites would go hand-in-hand.

I've had insomnia off and on for almost 18 years, and the past 5 it's been absolutely horrific. However, a couple of weeks or so after going g.f. it pretty much went away and most nights, I was sleeping like a baby. It was like a miracle! But then, late last week, the insomnia monster returned. :angry: Because I'm so new at being g.f.--it's only been about 7 weeks--I can't tell if it's a gluten thing that will get better again after I've been g.f. awhile longer, or if it's something else. :blink:
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 12:55 AM

Hello Everyone. I am new here; I read the posts but never replied before. I am kind of at my wits end with the "no sleeping" thing going on. It has really been terrible. I go to bed and roll around for an hour or so and and then just get up. Then I am up anywhere from 5-10 hours and then finally fall asleep almost on my feet. If I finally crash and sleep for 8-10 hrs then the next few days I am awake with only 2 hours or so a night or day (however I can fit it in). I am 64 and retired. Also, I am hypothyroid. I actually didn't know if it was a combination of both things going on or what. I have really limited my coffee/caffein, and don't drink any soda or alcohol. I was diagnosed with Celiac a year ago and have been gluten-free since, except for the times I goof up with hidden gluten in things. I have itching red rashes intermittently on my hands and arms and occassionally my face. I am so happy to hear that I am not alone and very appreciative for the info that I get from here.
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 07:46 AM

Hello Everyone. I am new here; I read the posts but never replied before. I am kind of at my wits end with the "no sleeping" thing going on. It has really been terrible. I go to bed and roll around for an hour or so and and then just get up. Then I am up anywhere from 5-10 hours and then finally fall asleep almost on my feet. If I finally crash and sleep for 8-10 hrs then the next few days I am awake with only 2 hours or so a night or day (however I can fit it in). I am 64 and retired. Also, I am hypothyroid. I actually didn't know if it was a combination of both things going on or what. I have really limited my coffee/caffein, and don't drink any soda or alcohol. I was diagnosed with Celiac a year ago and have been gluten-free since, except for the times I goof up with hidden gluten in things. I have itching red rashes intermittently on my hands and arms and occassionally my face. I am so happy to hear that I am not alone and very appreciative for the info that I get from here.


Welcome, shortnsweet!

Food intolerances, as you have found out, can play havoc with the sleep cycle. I alternate between sleeping too long and not being able to sleep. I can sleep for 9 hours and then fall asleep reading the newspaper or a gripping novel. Or I can lie awake all night, like last night, feeling like my head is plugged into an electrical outlet :o . At least I think I know what caused last night and the night before -- I had tried a new fruit juice (diluted pomegranate) and it is not agreeing with me at all. However, and I don't normally do this, I had added something else new at the same time (two or three days ago), a different herbal tea. So today, out they both go, and I will try them separately because I really like them both.

I have a long list of foods in addition to gluten that I have had to eliminate. Most of them were identified by the itching and rashes they used to give me initially. If you are having these rashes and itches I think you should consider that something else you are eating is bothering your body - keep a food and symptom diary and see if you can find any correlations. It seems that few of us get away without at least one additional intolerance. For sleeplessness I believe all caffeine should be eliminated - drink decaf if you must have your coffee and/or tea and see if it helps.

Give these things a try and check back in with us and let us know what is happening :)
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 08:36 AM

I used to have problems sleeping if ate any dairy. Sometimes it would keep me awake for 3 days straight, not even tired. Of course, I didn't eat much dairy. Just tested it once in awhile to see if I could eat it after being gluten free. Eventually ( 2 years on the gluten-free diet), I found that I can eat a little dairy now and still sleep relatively ok. But it still messes me up digestion wise so I am not eating it anyway.

But, I also react the same way to potatoes. I can't sleep if I eat potatoes. Probably true for other nightshades (tomatoes, peppers) but I avoid them (and potatoes) so not sure.

I just wanted to point this out as a possible cause of insomnia since I figure someone else might have the same kind of reactions. Celiac bodies are weird things.
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Proverbs 25:16 "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."
Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
Thyroid cyst and nodules, Lactose / casein intolerant. Diet positive, gene test pos, symptoms confirmed by Dr-head. My current bad list is: gluten, dairy, sulfites, coffee (the devil's brew), tea, Bug's Bunnies carrots, garbanzo beans of pain, soy- no joy, terrible turnips, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and hard work. have a good day! :-) Paul


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