I'm done with the woodchuck stuff..stopped working....so, what I'm doing now is kinda against the rules. I'm cutting Ambien in half. It's supposed to be time release, and taken whole. But I too Bubba have issues falling asleep, so the insides of it get right on the job. I fall asleep and pretty well stay there. I don't take 'em every night, so 30 of them will get me at least 70 days or so.
I awaken pretty clear headed, again, as clear as it gets..
I do think it's an experimental thing, finding what works for ya. I definately have some pain things and spasms and such, but it's mostly the churning in my head that keeps me from falling into the land of nod. So, whomping myself on the head with 'both layers' of Ambien does it for me.
I did move up into the world of major narcotics. I wear a fentanyl patch now, 25 mcg/hr. I love it. For reasons unknown I almost always have a crippling headache, it was actually what drove me to the ER onenight at work (in a hospital) that lead to my DX of MS. It went awya briefly after 2 occipital nerve blocks, but cam eback with ferocity.
Anyway the pain specialist was gonna move me to ocycodone or contin or something, and I asked hin if I could get away from the pills and try a patch. The pills are too easy to lose control with i feel. the patch goes on 1 time every 3 days. i wake up every day completely pain free. WOW, it's unbelievable. I don't feel high, no ups and downs throughout the day. Just no pain.
Sorry about the spelling, I'm overworked today..
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle..