I have tried everyhing for rls, medications that are recommended, opiates, sleeping pills. Nothing works and I am lucky if I can get an hr of uninerrupted sleep. I understand that dopamine has something to do with rls. I have tried eating more foods that contain dopamine, but to no effect. I read in a medical article that sex curtails rls. In your experiences, is this true?
I am sure you cant sleep because of racing thoughts do to anxiety.Have your doctor start you off with 1mg of xanax to use before going to bed. Keep taking the xanax until lexapro or paxil takes effect usually 6 weeks,then do a slow taper off xanax. this worked great for me. I take paxil and depakote now I feel great and been sleeping fine for 2yrs. My name is Scott and I have a lot of experience being a mental health patient.
To be completely and utterly honest.. sex curbs pain, anxiety, stress, and yes nerve problems and even rls. Don't get me wrong its not gonna control everything but a good relaxed moment after sex is for sure a better chance of sleep for me. It helps me shut off my brain.. even if for just a bit.
Sex helps relive pain because it releases endorphins (sp?). I myself experienced that a while back when I ran out of pain meds during the weekend and couldn't get it from my dr. My husband and I had sex and I did get SOME relief for a couple hours. So I do believe its a natural pain reliver. Great question because I seriously thought I was crazy. Get well and God bless!
For me, Robaxin 750, take one before bedtime and that usually takes care of me. RLS is horrible, believe it or not, Soma gives me RLS.
I am on a bunch of psych meds that increase levels of happy neurotransmitters, and doesn't seem to make a difference.
Hoping you find relief soon,
The endorphins in sex are heightened with a loving relationship, not just the act. It is the awakening of the limbic system that creates the sense of pleasure and peacefulness after orgasm. Actually deep meditation provides the same response.
I agree with the anxiety analysis as well. Anxiety heightens our inner watch guard. We become hyper vigilant. Shutting that down, shuts down the racing heart and such which is sending the mixed messages to your nervous system and ultimately RLS. Some people get insomnia instead. This feels,like torture and makes us even more anxious to sleep which makes the effects more difficult and.. Well, you get the idea. Since the so called reptile part of the brain is not shutting down for sleep properly, the body twitches, jumps, and so forth. When this works correctly the body is at peace for sleep.
In order to break this cycle, and it will take some time as habits are habits, I seriously recommend that meditation, very quiet bed time rituals, reduction of ambient light and staying away from stimulants including caffeine, heart racing movies and music, become part of ones bed time method. Loving sex will fall into this. Very reptile brain, ya know. Unless pregnancy is a fear, then back to vigilance. This is all solvable.
Be sure the phone is out of the way, TV is not the last thing you do at night, and what wasn't done today is on a list for tomorrow so you don't have to think about it until then. Medication can only do so much. Sex doesn't last all night, love can remain at all times. Even those without someone special still has a list of those they love. Remember those moments and help keep the endorphins present. Karen
Bless your heart, I feel for you. I've suffered from rls for years, but just suffered through it until I had my knee replacement done. Blew one of the stitches out and undid a week of pt with one particularly violent kick! I know you said you've used the meds, but I just thought I'd tell you that they put me on the Requip 1 mg with no help. It wasn't until they moved it up to 2 mgs that I got any relief. I don't particularly care to use it because it makes me very nauseous every time. Even after taking it for 3 years. I've learned my lesson though, after my knee healed I decided to stop taking it since I hated the nausea. Two broken toes later (and the removal of a footboard) I decided to just suck up the nausea! Apparently I missed my calling in life as a place kicker for the NFL! Hope this helps!
I was prescribed dopamine pills, so I decided to try sex too. Because of an injury my husband sustained while deployed, his back hurts bad and we cannot do it too often, but when he can, he is a thourough and passsionate lover who takes care of my needs before his own and I can have several orgasms before he finishes and I can sleep all night. Unfortunately it does not last for more than a day for me.
It is true (but may not work for everyone). It most definitely works for me (M, caucasian, 57). A full lovemaking session with the wife is best otherwise slow masturbation to orgasm will do it. I emphasis the 'slow' because a quick release isn't as effective. The consensus theory in various technical articles seems to be that it releases dopamine. This would be consistent with maximum relief coming (no pun intended) from full love making or a slow orgasm which presumably allows better and full dopamine generation. I'm not a medical person ... just reporting what works for me.
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