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Restless leg syndrome

(31 Posts)
ChestyNut Fri 10-May-13 21:05:35

Does anyone else have it?

What do you find helps?

GP has prescribed miraplex but the side effects listed are awful sad

eminemmerdale Sun 12-May-13 10:17:10

Yep, get it to. grim sad

ChestyNut Mon 13-May-13 07:01:04

Was so tempted to take the mirapex last night after tossing and turning for hours but I'm too scared of the fact it causes weight gain sad

Does anyone else also feel wide awake when there rls kicks in IYSWIM?

Long day at work ahead, joy.

Fairygen Mon 13-May-13 09:24:11

5 hours uninterrupted sleep last night!! I think I could have slept more but kept waking up to go to the loo because I'd drunk so much water during the day.

Gabapentin works well for me.. but it is a high dose. I also find moderate excercise helps but if I overdo it (eg 3 mile run) it gets worse!

Nashinator Thu 17-Oct-13 07:54:09

I've had restless legs since I was 13. I'm now 46 and I have it every night from about 6pm. I've tried quinine, iron, vitamin supplements and the three dopamine agonists that usually work, but in my case, augmented and made symptoms worse (restless arms and NECK!!). Other side effects can include massively heightened libido and compulsive gambling! I didn't get those, but the prospect of it made me laugh. I'm not kidding. It's in the small print.

Nashinator Thu 17-Oct-13 07:55:56

It occurs to me that it's connected to hormones. My Mum and her Mum had it and so do my daughters. It came on when I was 13. It stopped when I went on the pill or was pregnant. Now I'm taking no hormones it's out of control again. Just had a hysterectomy and that appears to have made no difference. The only thing that helps is avoiding alcohol sad or having a really hot bath - that distracts the brain for about 15 minutes and then I get off to sleep. There's not enough spent on researching this. It's in the brain, not the legs, but nobody seems to know (or care) why.

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