For me now, changes are coming much too fast.
Wednesday night last as I went to sleep, I took two pills prescribed for me by my primary care physician at Kaiser. These pills are Trazodone 50mg. Trazodone is prescribed to me for insomnia. I need help to stay asleep. I fall asleep just fine.
My problem is getting enough sleep during a night. With Trazodone, when I wake up after 3-4 hours as is common for me, I should fall back asleep quickly and stay asleep for another 3-4 hours.
What actually happened?
I took Trazodone for the first time Wednesday last. If I had awakened at 8am, I'd have slept 8 hours. But I woke up at 11am. Eleven hours sleep! Wow! This is almost too good to be true!
When I stood up out of bed, I was not stable on my feet. As I was walking to the bathroom, I had to lean on the walls to keep from falling. I did NOT feel dizzy. I simply was not able to keep myself upright without holding on to something.
I figured that what happened to me was a side effect of Trazodone. Maybe I should have promptly contacted the doctor who prescribed Trazodone for me. But I didn't contact. Instead I waited for the "instability" side effect to go away.
However, it didn't go away! I could not walk in a stable fashion Friday night at the Shabbat service. And at Saturday's Shabbat service, I was still unstable on my feet. My primary care doctor is not available on Saturday, so now I could not contact him until Monday.
Trazodone or Ataxia?
Although initially I figured that a Trazodone side effect caused my walking instability, now I am thinking that it is actually due to a further development of my Ataxia.
If I am correct, then this is terrible news for me. These physical changes are happening sooooo fast, that I have not been able to adjust to them. I just keep bumbling along, hoping for a miracle.....