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Hi guys, I'm hoping someone on here can help me, I started having RLS about 7 or 8 years ago, it was mild to begin with, I would have bouts that lasted for a few weeks at a time, then it would calm down and i would have a few weeks off, then it would start again. I was given Quinine Sulphate by my Doctor and this worked at first. Gradually over the years my RLS has got worse, I now have it every night and recently I've started having the symptoms during the day, It's only in my legs at the moment, I am on Roprinole which does work as long as I take it an hour before I sleep and it lasts for about 5 hours, but I still have to get up in the night and do leg stretching exercises.
One of the problems I have is side effects, the sickness and drowsiness. I work shifts as a Firefighter it's a sleeping shift, but I can't take the tablets at night as I would not be able to respond to "shouts" so I tend to walk around all night,
one thing that helps for me is sleeping with a very light duvet, or no duvet at all, in a cold room.
I don't know how everyone else feels, but I'm at my wits end, I haven't slept in the same bed as my wife for over a year, it's unfair on her to have me fidgeting around all night. I've never felt so depressed.
Does anyone know if there's likely to be a cure in the near future ? or if there are any effective treatments other than roprinole that don't have side effects ?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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