She is now experiencing horrible leg cramps and severe restless leg syndrome. Her neurologist put her on 600 mg of gabapentin and not only does it do nothing it makes her really weak like a bowl of jello. We have called and the neurologist said we need to get her a primary care physician. We did this and she has an appointment here in about a week. What medications work best for severe cramps with restless leg syndrome so I can ask or request. My wife is completely diabled from her MS. She takes Tacfidera for her MS.She is also on 75 mg of effexor. Please help. She cries alot due to the cramps.She also has horrible pain in her back and shoulders. The neurologist said the gabapentin would help this also. Ridiculous. It does nothing.
Ok you are her advocate and you have to be firm with these Drs. The gabapentin or neurontin if it's not working then it's useless. Your wife needs a real pain medicine like oxycodone or hydrocodone to control the pain. She could highly benefit from a muscle relaxer like flexeril and an anti inflammatory medicine like plain old aspirin or there's medications like Celebrex. Mirapex, Requip or Neuropro are RLS specific medications. Restoral and Horizant work indirectly for RLS. If I were you I would start out with Mirapex, Flexeril, Oxycodone and an anti inflammatory like Celebrex.
I agree your wife needs stronger pain meds but also consider the side effects of these drugs as well. Requip may help with restless leg syndrome. Baclofen and /or Flexeril may help with pain and muscle cramping. Magnesium may also help with muscle cramping as well. These meds are less constipating and she might have less fogginess since they are not narcotics. However you should have vicodin or oxycontin for severe pain on hand as well just in case.
Keep in mind though magnesium may cause loose stools or diarrhea.
Your wife should try more than 75 mg of Effexor. I was severely depressed due to my severe medical problems. My doctor told me to increase it another 37.5 mg which helped me a lot. Not only does it help with depression, but it can moderate the pain some. Talk to her doctor about it. At the time, I told my doctor that absolutely no drug could help my depression because it was all situational. I was shocked at the difference that it made for me.
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