I am currently not taking medications. The VA prescribed me omeprezol for my night mares saying it was a blood pressure med that had a side effect of dreamlessness. They gave me Naprosyn for my shoulder injury pain that persists and sporadic pain in my joints. Sulcrufate for my gastrointestinal issues. Also the gave me topical antifungal creme for rash. I completed the sulcrufate and fungal creme treatment.I discontinued taking the omeprezol after almost 3 weeks because I passed out at work and fell. I was having palpitations
and arythmia as well as trouble speaking and had called a few people without recollection of doing so with rather embarrassing issues from the strangeness of my conversation.I contacted the va for a new medicine and the gave me a 6 week period until next available appointment with instructions to discontinue the medicine.Due to the fall I was fired from my job and we had to move. Va gave me a new appointment time with a completely new doc and team. Out of frustration with VA and a concern with safety of prescribed medication I began self medicating with canabis.
canibas greatly decreased my frequency of night terrors and is a wonderful aid in sleeping as well as appetite while having more severe indegestion. (My gall bladder was removed in 07. Appendectomy in 2011) however the illegality of canibas where I live is still an issue and is potentially detrimental my family if i were to be caught. Also it only changes the feel of my anxiety
and leaves me anxious over more obvious reasons. It does help shadow or detensify the distraction and noise from the other channels that almost constantly to some degree persist and helps me maintain focus on what I am doing.My sleepless periods I would say I really became aware of them or began to really feel the effects during my 2003 deployment. I started having troubles getting to sleep and then having trouble waking to an alarm. I tried Journaling as my first effort to understand what I was going throu. I enjoyed it and kept one through almost the entire stint overseas but in the end it became something that was keeping me up more.In feb 2004 I met and consequently married my first wife. That was the first time I was aware of my violent sleep. On more than one occasion I struck or kicked my wife while asleep with enough force to shake myself awake. In 2004 I had the first sleep paralysis experience. I was laying in bed and thinking and I felt our cat come into the bed. I remember seeing it's face in low light as it sniffed my face and ears. I tried to shoo it away and found I couldn't move or speak. I felt panic
set in and i began to freak out. I watched the cats face become distorted and grin in a Cheshire cat impossibly toothy cartoonist grin. I absolutely lost it. I Bagan trying to twist or pull or anything I could do to make myself move or get my wife's attention. She did
wake because I was grunting in my sleep and she woke me cause I was laying with my eyes open. The cat was not in bed with us when I woke up. I felt physically exhausted the next day as if I had ran a marathon.My marriage began to break down not too long after. We got orders to fallon nv which can be high stress in my job at the time and requires tons of attention and hours on base. My sleep spells began to become prolonged in fallon in late 05. I was accused of taking drugs because I would go sometimes 2 and 3 days with no sleep. I also began to notice prolonged periods of severe fatigue where it would take all I could muster to leave the house and all my free time was spent sleepin or resting for as many as 3 days consecutively.In 2006 I had a mini heart attack. I assume from stress and the fact I had began drinking to kill anxiety and to induce sleep. (I was dealing with anxiety late evening and first thing in morning because of fear of waking up late. In the military being chronically late leads to strict disciplinary actions. I was diagnosed with PSVT and they treated the tachycardia by performing abbelation and burning some node with a laser.After the abbelation my heart racing became much better and nearly inexistent.In 2007 I was given orders to a c school in Biloxi ms. A very arduous academic program where we recieved 158 semester hours of collegiate study in atmospheric physics over 64 weeks. My marriage disolved completely during the school and we separated in 2008. I then was moved to Norfolk va as watchfloor personnel meaning we stood rotational watch. 2 days on days, 2 days off, 3 days on night's 2 days off, 2 days on nights, 3 days off. During this time I began a new relationship. In 2009 we became engaged. The rotating watch actually was easier to maintain but my sleep episodes continued and became synced with my watch schedule so that I was only sleeping 4 to 5 days a week most weeks and usually only getting a full 7 hours 3 or 4 times a week while on days and while on nights I would sleep and sleep and be late