Insomnia from weaningHi! About 2.5 years ago I received tremendous help on this forum for insomnia related to PPD - Zady101 was the main person who helped me!
I just weaned my almost 3 year old about 2.5 weeks ago and am experiencing some insomnia similar to what I had during my PPD. I'd love to see if I can get help again from this forum. Please let me know what I need to do, thanks!!
stealme on 2015-10-27
Patient ID: Sex: Female Age: 41
Please answer the following questions in a descriptive manner after careful analysis and recollection of previous experiences and happenings.
1. Describe your main suffering? Insomnia. Having difficulty falling asleep, but more difficulty staying asleep or going back to sleep. Waking up every hour or 2 hours, then awake by 5 or 6am and can't get back to sleep even though I have time to sleep.
2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body? Knots in stomach (tension), pain in low back during sleep and early morning which goes away after I move around a bit. However, the knots in my stomach are related to another issue happening in my life which is separation from my husband. I don't believe the insomnia is connected to that, as we have been in this process for 2 months and the insomnia started RIGHT after I weaned my 3 year old 3 weeks ago.
3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings? Frustration mostly.
4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst? Well, I guess that depends on what "at my worst" means. If it's connected to lack of sleep, I just feel tired and a bit frustrated. If it's connected to what's happening with my husband, I feel scared, ashamed (because we fight in front of my son), taken advantage of, walked on, weak, ANGRY, upset, emotionally abused.
5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease? The insomnia began almost 3 weeks ago. I left the country for 2 weeks on October 10th, and weaned my son by virtue of being gone for 2 weeks. The sleeplessness began about 2-3 nights into the trip and has continued since my return home about 5 days ago (though it's not quite as bad as it was while I was away). I suffered awful insomnia for about 7 months beginning about 4 weeks after giving birth to my now 3 year old. I was finally able to fix it using this website (yay!). I've read that weaning can cause issues similar to post partum depression so I am kind of assuming it's connected.
6. Which time of the day you are worst? I guess at night...I tend to wake for the first time around midnight or 1am and from then on, it's difficult to sleep.
7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same? I'm not sure I know what aggravates it, but what seems to help a little is taking melatonin before bed and diffusing essential oils of lavendar, cedarwood and a blend called peace and calming. I have been doing that the last few nights and have had mild relief.
8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)? It's possible it's connected to my recent trip out of the country and the time change/jet lag, but I kind of doubt it. I still think it's connected to weaning.
9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather? I can't say...have not noticed.
10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc. My general mental set up is mild, agreeable, quiet, friendly, diplomatic, observant. I can definitely be moody sometimes. I can be kind of melancholy sometimes. I am not necessarily a boisterous, loud, or humorous person. I am more reflective and a tiny bit introverted. I have many friend though, I am kind and easy to get along with.
- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm? Have never noticed a difference.
- Do you like being consoled during your tough times? YES
Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc? I am not sensitive to smells or light. Sometimes I am annoyed by a lot of noise or commotion.
- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless weeping, talking to one self etc? I pick at my cuticles a lot. Other than that, can't think of anything.
- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife? I feel pretty good about most of my friends, but there are some friends I have some hurt feelings towards from some things that happened about a year ago. Sometimes I feel like I don't have any really GOOD friends that are totally there for me, even though I have a lot of friends. I always feel like they have a lot going on and don't have time to spend with me. As for my family, I have good but nervous feelings towards them. My mom is getting older so I worry about that. My sister has Lyme disease and all her kids got it in utero, so I worry about them and we're not as close as we used to be.
As for my husband, I have awful feelings towards him.
11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly? My fears are growing old, dying, losing my son to his father, my son having emotional issues as he grows, or not adjusting to the divorce, not being able to co-parent successfully, fighting with my husband all the time about custody and/or visitation, decisions about our son, etc. I worry a lot about my son and having to get him vaccinated under the new California law.
I often dream that I'm in college and it's the end of the semester and I realize I haven't gone to a class all semester long, or that I can't remember my class schedule or where any of the classes are.
12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions? I don't really have any aversions, but when I crave something it's usually "homey" food like macaroni and cheese, soup/stew, or salty foods.
13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive? Normal
14. How if your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive? A bit less
15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand? No
16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs? A bit more sweaty during sleep than normal, trunk and legs.
17. How is your bowel movement and stool type? A bit slower lately, once every couple of days. Type is pretty normal, dark brown.
18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping? I don't sleep well the last 3 weeks. Before that I slept great. I tend to sleep on my left side.
19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general? No
20. How do you think you are different from others, if at all? I think I'm overly empathetic to others and overly concerned about upsetting people.
21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication? When I had insomnia after giving birth, I tried EVERYTHING. Over the counter stuff, prescription stuff (but not for very long), holistic medicines that were supposed to help neurotransmitters, and finally homeopathy which seemed to work. I can't say I had any symptoms.
22. What major diseases are running in your family? Lyme on my sister's side. Other than that I don't know.
23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance. I am 5'8", 140 lbs, brown hair and eyes, caucasian with average skin color, I am often described as attractive. My build is average but while I'm thin, I suffer from lack of muscle mass and suffer from cellulite. Even when I work out regularly, I struggle to build a lot of muscle mass and really struggle to keep it. I have a thin midsection (flat stomach) but fairly large chest.
24. (ONLY FOR FEMALES)
Please answer the following questions:
(Please give details of your past menstruation if you have attained menopause.)
- Are the periods early, regular or late in general? How long do they last? I'd say they are regular or a few days early.
- Do you suffer from any kind of physical or mental discomfort before, during or after the periods? Just mild cramps for a day or two.
- Is the flow scanty, normal or excessive? Normal
- Is the blood thick bright red or pale watery? Bright red
- Do you notice any clots in the flow? Once in awhile.
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