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Celebration !

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by Mermaid, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. G.R.

    G.R. Well known member

    I am so happy for you. And tonight when you lay down your sleep will be sweet!!!!
    Enjoy the beauty of this day with all your renewed strength from a good night sleep.
    Lots of Hugs,
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  2. Mermaid

    Mermaid Well known member

    Ellen, that's fantastic ! dancea

    It's a great feeling to get a good night's sleep again isn't it. I'm hoping it will speed me along to being 100% TMS free forever !! :D
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  3. Mermaid

    Mermaid Well known member

    Hi G.R.

    Sorry I missed this before. The things that have helped me sleep are :

    1. Getting out for a long walk in the early evening
    2. Meditation
    3. Listening to delta wave music as I drift off to sleep
    4. No longer being afraid of my symptoms
    5. Breathing exercises
    6. Stopping myself analysing the day
    7. Stopping myself thinking about the next day
    8. Positive affirmations

    Hope that helps :)
  4. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

    Thank you, G.R.

    I just wanted to follow up with you regarding your question during the teleconference about restless leg syndrome. Steve was not able to get to it, but I thought I'd share my experience in case it is helpful.

    I had restless leg off and on for years along with my other TMS symptoms. It came and went and I never figured out why. Then, last summer when I was withdrawing from 15 years of taking tramadol for pain, I had a very severe case of restless leg syndrome. I learned that this is a common symptom of tramadol withdrawal. Once I got the drug out of my system, it gradually went away. My doctor had wanted to give me something for the restless leg, saying that the tramadol had been masking it. But I said no thanks, and am no longer bothered by it. One thing that helped me through the worst of it was a strategy I found on a website that said to place a pillow between your knees when laying on your side while trying to go to sleep. Something about the pressure being applied up and down both legs is helpful. It helped me enough that I could fall asleep most nights till it went away.

    Take care...
  5. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    I get to sleep fast most times by deep breathing and thinking of the old mantra,
    "Every day in every way I'm getting better and better,"
    and think of something relaxing or that makes me feel good.
  6. G.R.

    G.R. Well known member

    Thanks, Mermaid, Ellen and Walt!!!!

    My sister struggles with restless leg syndrome. It is not because of taking tramadol though.
    She has had it for about 20 years and sometimes she just can't sit still or sleep
    I am wondering if this is a TMS equivalent?????
    Does anyone know?

    Ellen, I will tell her your tip about the pillow. Thank you!!
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  7. Eric "Herbie" Watson

    Eric "Herbie" Watson Beloved Grand Eagle

    Congratulations Ellen, Woo hoo. :) A mile stone for sure. I'm so happy for you. So many of us growing and growing.
    Never stop learning. The wisdom is always in the heart, we read the right words and talk
    to the right friends and they have a way of bringing it out.
    Thank You so much for this story of great success.
    Bless You
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  8. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

    I just looked up Restless Leg in Steve O's book and he does list it as a TMS equivalent. I believe my early bouts of restless leg (before the tramadol withdrawal) were TMS symptoms.

    Steve O says in his book that he relieved his symptoms of restless leg by "relaxing the back of his neck" and using "observational breathing".

    Hope this helps.
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  9. Tennis Tom

    Tennis Tom Beloved Grand Eagle

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