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What are causing these crazy dreams?

Hi All,

So this is my very first time posting, and I hope that I am not the only one that has had this problem. I have just recently been diagnosed with sever Fibro. I have been on a bunch of different types of medications and now finally I have found that Lyrica works best for me. The only problem is that every night (or better put - the nights that I can actually sleep) I have these bizarre and vivid dreams. They wake me up at least 3 to 4 times a night. They are sometimes repetitive but not always, sometimes scary, sometimes pleasant. Has this been a specific side effect for anyone else? Help!


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I dream all the time, some dreams are lovely. I blamed amatryptilene till I came off of it and the dreams continued. I think a lot of us dream, as I have asked a similar question myself.

Welcome. to the board, the best most supportive informative fibro message board there is! I consider myself lucky to have found it ☺

Forgot to say, you can have a bit of a giggle too.


Well thank you, I feel blessed to have found it as well. It has just seemed odd to me because I have always dreamed (as what I think a normal person does) but recently they have been crazy and vivid to the point of waking me up numerous times. As long as its normal, I guess I'll just get used to it! Thank you again for your kind words.


hi Nicole U .i have always had vivid dreams but since January they became more scary etc then when I described them was told they are nightmares.nightmares are a sign of hypothyroidism which I have had since last august following gallbladder removal but gp wont recongise them.i wake up feeling shattered (or woken by my dog)an dwhen I do go back to sleep -they continue


I get them my rhuemy did think they were down to me having Tramadol before going to bed but dont do that any more and still get them


Hi NicoleU

I sincerely hope that you are feeling as well as you possibly can be today? I have a recurring nightmare which I have experienced all my life, from when I was a young child. So it is not anything to do with medication or Fibro in my case? It feels 'so real' and I find it so disturbing that when I have the dream I get up and do not go back to sleep.

I am so sorry to read that you are having such vivid dreams and I suppose there could be many reasons why you have them? However, I genuinely hope that you can find some resolution and relief to this issue.

I also want to offer you a very warm welcome to the forum, and I really hope that you find it as useful as I do.

All my hopes and dreams for you

Ken x


I got these kind of dreams when I started Dihydrocodiene. I was fighting in the dream and I was physically fighting in the bed. I found that if i made sure I ate before taking the medication before bed that the dreams were less vivid. x


I have had vivid dreams since childhood, scary staircases were allways in my dreams (I am scared of heights) In another I am dressed in 18th century clothes and so is every one around me and I am watching my own funeral, strangely I never found this dream scary, But was terrified last week when being chased by a killer shampoo bottle?

In my case I am sure that the dreams are not down to medication

hugs sue xx


Hi nicole, welcome to the site. I have had nightmsres all my life, like ken since childhood. I have found ovrr the 14 years. I have had fibro that the meds do make them much more intense, they csn wake me up repeatedly or i could be too scared to go back to sleep. Sometimes they feel so realistic it is hard to shake off the feelings they provoke even during the day. Hope this is of some help to you.


Hi Nicole!! I am only taking the basic painkillers; paracetamol & codeine and Tramadol, but I have very vivid dreams like you. Some I would actually call nightmares. I have 1 recurring dream in which I am being forced to move from my home by the council, but no one will tell me why. And I'm always rehoused in 1 of my 2 previous homes. It really distresses me, and it's so real. I've had this dream for many years now, and it never varies. My recent dreams all involve the sea in some form. Nothing nasty, it's just always there!!! XXX


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