... my psychiatrist gave me clonazepam for restless leg syndrome over 7 years ago and when I was able to speak with a neurologist from the VA Sleep Study clinic, she realized that I should have been given something else since restless arms was the issue more than with my legs. So, she wrote a prescription for Ropinrole then passed along the prescription to be handled by my psychiatrist. I began showing weird symptoms and call my psych doc about it and she waved it off like I was worrying about nothing. She said to stop talking it for a week to see if I noticed a changed, after I had taken it for two months increasing the dose each month from .25 to .50mg. I looked the drug up on this website and my symptoms were listed under severe allergic reactions. I stopped taking that medication completely and after a month, my symptoms totally disappeared. Does anyone else have restless arm syndrome and have a different medication I can ask about?
Hi Sandy; Ayupper!! I get restless legs a lot, ... arms off & on and what feels like "Restless whole body syndrome."! I have P.M.R. and for my first year I got NO PAIN MEDS. PERIOD, for either problem. So I says to myself , I says... Myself? ? you ain't gonna get no help from these people so go back to your early survival trainin', 'so I went back to Alcohol school for quite a while,. where I majored in "COFFEE BRANDY"! I finally got some pain Meds. and so not needing survival training anymore the ALLENS Co. Graduated me "Magnum cum Latte'! and off I went to save the world, YO! "L.o.L."! SERIOUSLY...
Seriously, I joined a group called the "Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation"! Who's Executive director is a Woman by the name of Georgianna Bell. E-mail is www.rls.org. Cost / year is $30. They put out 4 real good newsletters called "NIGHT WALKERS"! Quarterly + an intro. copy (total 5) + a copy of the "medical bulletin" - the most comprehensive rescourse(sp?) on RLS... and more. They also have info. on other body parts affected by this disease. Check it out online ! ! ! Sacosam I AM
yes on top of resltless leg, i have restless arm, its horrible, both of them, i stretch my arms or legs to the point it hurts just to get some release from it, at one time i asked my dr what could be prescribed, he said its treated with parkinsons meds, which will make u hallucinate, what i use on my legs is pressure med socks, never thought of it, but i should try and use it on my arms
I was prescribed mirapex, an expensive newer medicine for restless legs. While pregnant I was prescribed low dose hydrocodone for r l s . Clonapin makes my r l s worse but I am not sure if that's just me... And stay away from Benadryl and most sleep/ allergy OTC meds. Loratadine is a safe allergy med for r l s , FYI.
in seem to get restless everything - sometimes legs, other times arms or hands, thumbs, restless toe - neurontin seems to help 600 mg. a day (morning, night) however, i still wake many time during the night
I have been taking Mirapex for at least 3 years. It works fine but sometimes RLS comes on in the late afternoon and i need to take it early. When that happens, I might need another dose at night.
I to have RLS & RAS. It is the worst!! I go to sleep with it and wake up with it and get during the day! Iam pescribed Carbidopa Levo 25/100. Fou times a day and it really works well..the only side affect that bothers me is a little naesous feeling..I know a lot of ppl on it too and it works for them too..there r differnt strengths also..good luck!
I do. I take 1200 mg of Neurontin (generic name Gabapentin) each night, approximately 4 hours prior to sleep. Unlike other responders, I have not noticed exacerbation of the condition with antihistamines or sleep medications, whether prescribed or over-the-counter. I have taken Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, NyQuil, DayQuil, Zzzquil, Ambien, Tylenol PM, and a plethora of other sleep, cold, and allergy medications. That may just be my personal reaction, though, and naturally doesn't speak for everyone.
I first started experiencing this six years ago while having a tubal ligation. I was given general anesthetic and experienced a response similar to restless leg/arm or myoclonus. I had to be put under completely to stop my jerking and allow my doctor to complete the procedure. Since then, I've had problems with restless arm as I try to fall asleep or if it simply gets late in the evening and I'm still awake. Mine is noticeably worse if I have to take narcotic pain medication (Percocet after surgery or Stadol for a migraine). Taking narcotic prescriptions makes it severe enough that I experience muscle pain for days following the episodes because they become so violent and lengthy. It's only worthwhile for the most severe need of pain management.
Hello my fellow sufferers.My name is Robert.Let me tell you i have been dealing RLS and RAS for many yrs.now it sucks.I hated it it's just another health situation to have to deal with.Im sorry for anyone dealing with this.Let me tell you i've tried stretching moving throwing my limbs out and it might slow it down and i had a episode last night and it's aweful i tried to relieve myself it worked for 5 mins.after i tried one of my pain meds.a piece of perc.and that help long enough to get some rest.I need we need to find a drug just for this like i said the perc.help for some hrs.good luck and GOD be with you all.
hi. i was diagnosed with restless arm syndrome about 5 years age. i was told there was medication [which is the same medication to treat parkinsons disease ] but once the medication is started you take it for life. i said i would wait until i really need to take it. but these last few months have been driving me crazy with stretching all of my muscles to get a bit of comfort for a short while. then it all starts again, i am constantly stretchy, all my joints ache, always tired. so only last week i was reading up on it again. and found a useful article. so i thought i would give it a try and see if i feel any different. and i definetely feel alot better and i have only been taking it 4 days. even after the first day, i thought theres something ive forgotten to do. then i realised im not going round stretching all the time so big big improvements. 4 days ago i went out and brought magnesium tablets, and cod liver oil capsules, and take just 1 of each a day.
i cant believe the difference in just 4 days. i would recommend trying this before taking any R.A.S meds. let me know how you get on if you try this.
I have had RAS for 15 years. It started appx 6 years after MS and Trigeminal Neuralgia were diagnosed. I have used a number of neuropathic pain meds as well as clonazepam. All of my exploration was supervised by a neurologist. When I decided I wanted to stop taking so many meds I started researching which would be the best alternatives and cause me no further harm. I began taking Magnesium Malate until I was up to 500 mg. I added iron and found that Slow FE was the best for me. After I added these as methods to control the RAS, the fibromyalgia eased as well. Before adding an iron supplement be sure to check with your doctor.
I have this more often than I care to count and sure hope you get lots of suggestions on how to deal with it. The only thing I can take is what I use for Restless Legs. I've been given Gabapentin for my arms and for my legs, and Mirapex. Neither works very well and I have been hoping there is something out there that really actually works. The Mirapex is 0.25 mg and the Gabapentin is 300 mg. Maybe one of these would work well for you. I sure do hope so! Hugs
I suffer from severe depression for over 20years and I started having restless legs for a few years back and restless arms this year. They are so extreme that I tell my psychiatrist I want to chop the restless limbs off. The only way I find helpful is to use compression socks when I got restless legs and when it started at my arms I used it on my arms and it worked. For many years I just carry my compression socks everywhere I go. I use them for my arms too now. I wish there's a "cure" for it since I'm also on a lot of medication but the compression socks seem to do the work so I can fall asleep.
I get restless arms and legs without the weird sensations. I'll start to fall asleep but my arm(s)or leg(s) will want to move. It's so annoying.
What works for me every time is chewing on 3 Tums. Within 10-15 minutes, the movements stop.
I've heard that drinking a bit of pickle juice helps some people but I've never tried it, nor do I want to take any prescription drugs for it unless I have to, which I don't yet.
Hope this helps you.
My 85 year old mum suffered terribly with restless legs for years. She is now on a drug called Premiprexaline and has had no symptoms since.
I have never taken any medication.(I take enough meds for other issues) I actually use a massager on my legs. At first there is a "hurt so good" feeling. Then the restlessness goes away. It's something to try and there aren't any side effects.
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