hi i was hoping to get some suggestions on what can help with restlesslegs, acheylegs either medications or other ideas, please help its really distressing on top of everything else, makes it so hard to relax for just a short period.thanks in advance ,can hypnosis help?
If hypnosis helped all docs, all med manufacturing companies will have to shut shop, people would get themselves hypnotized, take care my friend try & relax, perhaps a momentary phase shall pass out, try elevating the limbs when in bed, could make a difference in the blood circulation for relaxation, hope you get well soon, God bless!
Hey there just wanted to let you know i too suffer from RLS it is not fun it will keep you up half the night and the whole time you are up it irritates the f**k out of you. You just cant get comfortable even if you tried its like your mind wants to sleep but your body wont let you its very annoying. Ive actually never tried hypnosis and at this point im willing to try anything to get my mind off the RLS!
Hi cheersrichard, I have restless and stinging pain in me legs, as well. I have noticed that taking a vitamin with iron in it helps somewhat. Also, if it is not hotter than Greek Love in your locale, try a hot bath. If my legs get crampy I take half a soma, which helps with sleep too. I tried Lyrica, but side effects were bad, so I discontinued it.
Please let us know what your doctors' say, as many of us may benefit from your advice! thanks and good luck, sweetlemon
Hi cheersrichard. I have had restless leg syndrome for about 40 years now, and after trying anything and everything possible, for many of those years, I just suffered. And then along came my new Primary Care Physician, who was treating one patient of hers for something else, but found that this drug stopped her RLS symptoms as well. She prescribed it for me, and I am telling you, it is a MIRACLE drug, as far as I'm concerned. She put me on Mirapex tablets, 1 tab three times a day (don't remember the starting dose). The dose had to be upped a few times, but at 1 (1mg) tablet three times a day, my RLS is basically completely gone. It worked so well on me, that all of her patients with RLS are now on it, and doing fine. It is absolutely amazing!! I would have done anything to get rid of my RLS, anything! I have been on it for over 5 years now.
I am at the maximum dose you can have without side effects, but I'll tell you, I would take cancer over RLS! And i'm not kidding. RLS is the most horrendous thing I have ever experienced; not that it is too painful, but it messes with your mind. It drives you absolutely NUTS!! There's nothing (until Mirapex) that you you could do but suffer; jumping, twitching legs, feels like a big balloon being blown up too far and it's going to burst, and the feeling of a millions little bitty ants crawling around inside your legs. There is no way to relax, and sleeping is just a dream you have. I had such advanced RLS that it had progressed to my arms, and I would just sit and hold myself, rock back and forth, and cry. I even got to the point where I would double up my fists and beat on my legs. It was that bad. Get on the Mirapex, cheersrichard, and anyone else reading this. You will not be sorry, believe me. I get a small amount of breakthrough symptoms very occasionally, but it only lasts for half an hour or less and is relatively mild. Go to your doctor right away. I feel for you, because it is such a horrible experience to have to go through and endure. I swear, I will never go off of my Mirapex, never!!! Good luck and let me know how it works for you. Hope this helps you as much as it has me, my friend. God bless... beanmarie
Hi Richard and evryone else!
I do not suffer from RLS, and you all have touched my heart.
I do not have all the answers or pretend to have them ... but I pray I somehow can be of some help... even if it is very limited.
Treatment of restless leg syndrome is first directed toward any underlying illness, if known. For example, a search for iron deficiency by blood testing to reveal underlying iron deficiency anemia. Reduction or elimination of caffeine and alcohol can be very helpful. Stopping smoking can also diminish symptoms. Getting better sleep and exercise can help some persons affected by restless legs.
Medications used to treat restless leg syndrome include carbidopa-levodopa, opioids (such as propoxyphene) or tramadol (Ultram) for intermittent symptoms, carbamazepine, clonazepam, diazepam, triazolam, temazepam, baclofen, bromocriptine, and clonidine. Also, recently, gabapentin (Neurontin) has been found helpful. The FDA has now approved ropinirole (Requip) and pramipexole (Mirapex) for the treatment of restless leg syndrome. Other treatments that have been helpful for some patients include avoiding caffeine, warm/cold baths, electric nerve stimulation, oral magnesium, and acupuncture.
I truly hope this information ( which you may or may not know) can somehow help all the peole which suffer from RLS and specially the ones who answered this question and of course..you mate... I truly do... from a caring individual
i tried the mirapex ( its called sifrol in Australia)- pramipexole , and ive had results straight away about 30% reduction of movement pain and agitation, and an amazing 8 hours sleep, it didnt make me tired as i had it in the evening and i hadn't slept the night before but i went to sleep with the melatonin 2mg i take at night ,i dont feel tired now (miday)would love to have the quick fix and have the perfect dose straight away but i no these things take time, and ive waited this long, i have also found iv had this longer than i thought as iv been waking up in agony for ages and never could identify it, even when they put me on methadone for pain( i thought it was a daily withdrawl evean though methadone has a 36+hour life, it was this restless legs torture) when i came of methadone it was so much worse and drove me to want to die.will see how it goes for the next few days to see if it improves as its not fixed yet but im so much happier hopefull and actually on the way to getting answers.Thankyou everyone.
Hi cheersrichard, I really feel for you. I have had Restless Legs for 35 years and it has gotten worse. My legs, arms and sometimes my whole body
jerks both night and day. It is horrible. I take carbidopa-levadopa, 1 at bedtime, 1/2 at noon and 1/2 at 6PM. It helps some but it does not last through the night. I probobly need a stronger dose, but I have some other medical problems and Doctor doesn't want to increase it. Many years ago a Doctor told me to drink orange juice at bedtime and it was helping, but, I had to stop it because orange juice gives me severe Migraine headaches. Maybe you could give it a try. I have a friend who takes large doses of Folic Acid and it helps her. You can only do this under a Doctors supervision. She takes 5MG. It's prescription, not OTC. Hope this helps. Good luck!
i know i answered to this question befor, but for the last 4 days ive been drinking calm, at night, its a magnesium citrite powder , u mix a teaspoon into a glass of water, its used to help with many different ailments and health reasons, and its really helped with my restless leg and arm syndrome, im glad i was told about this, it can be bought at a down to earth healthfood store or online at the calm website.
I used to take Requip. I started with 1mg and a year later my Dr. upped to 2mg at bedtime. It stared not working she she put me on Carbidopa/levodopa it is used in the treatment of parkinson's disease; restless legs syndrome. I take 2 pills (25-100 is the dosage) at bedtime it does help it also makes me sleepy so I can get to sleep at night. It does work for me.
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