Do any of you have extremely vivid dreams?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by lumediluna, Feb 15, 2003.

  1. lumediluna

    lumediluna New Member

    Just curious,

    I get REALLY vivid dreams and I could tell you some stories, but I was wondering if any of you get them and how you feel in the morning? I notice when I have these vivid dreams I wake up totally exhausted and my muscles are all tight and need a nap from my dreams! I want to know your experiences how you feel the morning after these vivid dreams....thank you!

    lume


    *also wanted to mention when I have these dreams, I am not on any medication....total weird. Is there a way to stop them?[This Message was Edited on 02/15/2003]
  2. camelgirl

    camelgirl New Member

    I definitely have the same "problem". I have no idea if there is anything that can be done about it or not, but in the mean time....sweet vivid dreams LOL!
    peace, D
  3. Bkay

    Bkay New Member

    Hi,
    Just wanted to commet on your vivid dreams..I also have them, Some of them are good and some are bad...I have had times where i dream i am dying..I wake up and am totally exhauseted..I guess it just goes with the territory...Just another sympton we have to put up with...Sweet dreams..I hope...
  4. PatPalmer

    PatPalmer New Member

    When she was very ill, she had nightmares almost every night. She was also still stressed at the time.

    Now that she has improved they are very infrequent.

  5. ozgran

    ozgran New Member

    I have really vivid dreams and it seems to be worse when I am feeling worse. As some of the others have said, just part and parcel of this DD. Love Ozgran
  6. Esoteric

    Esoteric New Member

    Hi Lume,

    I have crazy, technicolor dreams nightly. About half the time, I wake up one hour after I fall asleep with nightmares; I yell in my sleep alot trying to wake up. This has happened since childhood, not just due to fibromyalgia.

    Esoteric
  7. Fibromiester

    Fibromiester New Member

    ~~~I have these Vivid dreams, too. I have Insomnia, and when I go to sleep, I am usually exhausted...then I dream- Usually a dream that makes me Yell, or fall out of bed! or just scares the heck out of me! And it's only after 1 or 2 hrs. sleep. I can sometimes get back to sleep after that, or if it's in the day, I may stay up. I'm really groggy after these dreams.
    This is wierd that so many of us do this!
    Fibromiester
  8. WorldFalls

    WorldFalls New Member

    The more I read this board, the less alone I feel in this DD. I, too, have vivid and frequently very frightening dreams. Besides the fibromyalgia, I also have post truamatic stress disorder...something I'm working hard with a therapist to try to get over. I always assumed that the awful violent dreams had to do with the violent relationship I was in for five years. I've worked hard in therapy and have been frustrated trying to figure out why I still have these nightmares after being out of the relationship for three years. After reading all your responses, I'm wondering if it's more fibro than PTSD related.

    Anyway, not only do I dream vividly, I talk in my sleep, and I walk. I have awakened in the most peculiar places...bathtubs, stairs, at the computer...no kidding! According to my partner, I act very normal when I do this. It usually takes her several moments before she realizes I'm asleep. She says it just looks like I'm groggy from just getting up. I guess if I still have that vacuous look after a few minutes she starts realizing I'm not "there." Does anyone else have this sleepwalking thing going on? Is there anything that can be done to cure it?
  9. lumediluna

    lumediluna New Member

    awwww, I don't feel alone!! Thank God for this site I tell ya! I too get them so vivid. The other day I dreamed I was trying on a bathing suit and all that (long story) - when I woke up, my panties were beside me on the bed! I swear it is true, wacky, but so true! When I told my husband, he thought it was bizarre! My mom totally laughed. So, I was wondering if anyone had actually dreamed so vividly that they did strange things while they were sleeping and such. Sometimes I wake up and go eat something sweet (not knowing I am doing it) and go back to bed - then when I get up in the morning, I see the stuff I ate and remember and all that and it freaks me out! I am gonna gain some weight dreaming like this. Just hope I don't get hurt.
    I just think it is....different...anyway, thanks for the input. I need to mention this to my therapist as I was once told I have ptsd too. Makes you wonder.

    lume
  10. lumediluna

    lumediluna New Member

    awwww, I don't feel alone!! [This Message was Edited on 07/15/2003]
  11. phenom

    phenom New Member

    my weird dreams mostly happen in the short time before i wake up and i will dream of things i have to do when i wake, like doing my hair, going to the loo, having breaky and brushing my teeth etc. then when i wake up, i don't do the things because i think i already have! i've gone out and wondered why i'm so hungry and my partner will say "well you haven't eaten..." and i will not believe it! so i'd say they're pretty vivid! i am petrified though that one day when i dream i'm on the toilet i'll go in the bed! aaaaaahhhhhhhh! fingers crossed it'll never happen!

    phenom
  12. Achy-shaky

    Achy-shaky New Member

    Especially if you are not on any meds that my cause them. I get these too and it runs in the family. I had one last night that freaked me out and made me jump right out of bed. And you are right, fatigue/anxiety is much worse in AM when I have them. I have restless leg syndrome which is a sleep disorder and can go along with other sleep disorders - yours sounds like a cross between sleep walking/panic attacks but only a sleep clinic could say for sure. I know there are meds or supplements for these so I'd check it out if it really bothers you.

    wishing you happy dreams!!
  13. hideycat

    hideycat New Member

    I sometimes have vivid disturbing dreams. Usually stress related.

    I have worked real hard on dream control. When one of these start I wake myself. Really helps.

    Another thing that helps me is realizing they are dreams. I worked had to train myself to step back and look at my dream. If the dream is 20/20 vision - it's a dream. I can't see without my glasses. Sometimes I wake up touching my face to see if I have glasses on.

    It was hard to train myself to control dreams. But it has lessened the fright of going to sleep.

  14. Beth37

    Beth37 New Member

    Yes,I have them,when I doI wake up feeling still tired but can't go back to sleep.I think they may be caused by anxiety.My sister was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder but not FMS.Just an opinion. Beth
  15. desertlily

    desertlily New Member

    I've noticed that since I've been on doxepin for sleep I've been having very vivid dreams, and they seem to always be the same type of dream, the same theme runs through them all and I have one at least once a night (along with all of the other dreams). It's a feeling of frustration, either I'm driving and no matter what I do I can't find where I need to go, or I'm cleaning an impossibly cluttered house with company coming and I just can't seem to get anywhere or I'm at work and hopelessly behind, etc., you get the idea. They are extremely detailed and vary in content, but the theme is the same. The doxepin does help me stay asleep better, for the most part, so I want to stay on it, but I would really like to just be able to fall asleep and just sleep! These dreams are tiring and irritating!
  16. sofy

    sofy New Member

    Vivid dreams come during rem sleep. One of the signs of narcolepsy during a sleep test is rapid onset of rem sleep even during a 15 min nap. Sleep payalysis and even some freaky halucinogenic episodes are not uncommon. By that I mean you "know" you are seeing the spiders and monsters in your room but they are never there when awake.
    If you are having vivid dreams and waking refreshed then just enjoy them but if you are not refreshed you should visit some of the narcolopsy sites and take their written sleep test to see if you need to procees on to a sleep specialist. If you do make sure they are board certified and that the sleep lab is too. There are a lot of unqualified people doing the sleep study stuff.
    I hope the dreams are pleasant.
  17. Bambi

    Bambi New Member

    was just a little kid. Steven King has nothing on my dreams at times. I
    do have an occasional pleasant dream,
    but it's few and far between..always
    in full color. Mine usually have to do with helplessness~~trying to call
    for help but the pay phone won't work
    or an operator is telling me her life
    story and won't listen to my emergency. I used to dream that someone had taken my daughter and I'd
    b chasing them through fog, etc.. I do think mine are related to my helpless feelings with my health. I was just reading about the sleep walking problems a few days ago, some
    people actually drive cars, do all sorts of things sound asleep. One guy
    in the article had his wife by the head and neck and dreamed he was trying to break a deer's neck (well
    that was his STORY anyway??? LOL!) The article said that anyone that has
    that type of dreams should have a sleep study and this group in New York is doing detailed study on it. I
    will try to find the article again
    but am "fogging" and can't remember now where I saw it. UGH! Hugs, Bambi
  18. amilyne

    amilyne New Member

    hi all and sofy..that is so strange that you said that about narcolepsy(dreaming within 15 minutes,paralysis,) i swear ALL i do is dream..ill take a nap or even when i lay down to sleep ill start dreaming before im even sleeping..its strange ...like i can actually control my dreams to a certain extent...i think all i get is rem sleep and my dreams are very vivid in color and they have nothing to do with meds either.. and even stranger i had a sleep study done when i was 17 for narcolepsy(almost 23 now)..i was convinced that i had it but then ofcourse with all the wires i couldnt fall asleep and they only got about 4 hours of testing done, but the doc said that he didnt think that i had narcolepsy, i know now that ive just always had cfs and thought it was something else..i cant tell you how many times i was tested for mono..lol..and now the fms is from the cfs..well fortunaltely my dreams are usually good.
    --ami
    [This Message was Edited on 02/18/2003]
  19. amilyne

    amilyne New Member

    hey phenom..hey now it hasnt happened in a long time but i have on more than one occassion drempt that i had to go to the bathroom and in my dream could not find one or there was something wrong with the toilet(pluggged...lid wouldnt raise,crap all over it,couldnt get my pants undone..)lol..and i actually have peed the bed lol..so embarressing..usually now i will wake up in the knick of time thankfully .rofl.
    --ami
  20. marcus1243

    marcus1243 New Member

    And my girlfriend who has it gets them severely every night. Some medications like Prozac can make them worse too. Can I ask, has anybody found any meds (like Elavil for example) that have reduced the dreaming/nightmares?

    thanks,
    --marcus