My solutions to Restless Leg Syndrome

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1. Amiltriptaline. Mainly used for mild depression and/or sleep disorders so acts as a mild sleeping sedative. I'm on a low dose of 10mg (lowest dose available) as prescribed from my doctor. Taken 2hrs before bed.

2. If you'd rather not use medication the following works almost as well. Support stocking around the affected area...in my case my calf muscles (both legs). Elasticated bandages work as well. Wrap them around you legs nice and tight (without causing discomfort). I've even gone as far as (and this is going to sound silly) a pair of socks with the toes cut out. Went away for the weekend and forgot my medication.

Hope this helps.

All the best.

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    Thanks for the tip John451 - I shall be trying that tonight. I do have some support hose as it happens but

    don't usually wear them at night. It's worth a try.

    I am desperate to find anything to help myself as my doctor does not want to prescibe anything on top of all other medications and tells me Quinine is no longer used ( though other poeple have thrown that into doubt ) My Restless Legs first appeared when I started taking Sertraline as an anti-depressant

    following treatment for throat cancer, and it was so distressing doc changed me to Fluoxetine which didn't work for the anxiety and made me sleep all the time although the Restless Legs disappeared. So another change, this time to Mirtazapine, and hey presto ! Restless Legs are back ! ! ! Not quite so badly I must add, but I admit to taking one diazepam in an attempt to relax my legs though I haven't told doc about that yet ! ! !

    I shall continue my search for other people's experiences and tips for self help. I know restless Legs are suffered by many, many people - surely someone has the definitive answer ? ! ! !

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    Noelidunc - I'm glad I read your post. Out of all of my friends, I'm the only one who suffers from this. Mine started also when I went on Fluoxetine (which didn't help me either), but I'm on Tramadol now & trying to wean off but the RLS is driving me crazy (Tram has been the only things that works for everything)! My doc wont prescribe anything - says I need less stress, etc. in my life, more iron & B12. Iron helps a tad, but its 1 more pill for me to remember to take... I have also tried the banana oddbiddy, and it hasn't done anything. I know its been awhile since there was a post on here - but I'll be following in case anyone has more ideas!
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    try drinking coconut water, I have given up bananas in favour of this drink. It has more potassium than bananas. Potassium is what you need but not pills, we should be able to get all the vitamins we need by studying what we eat and trial and error. June PS I already sent this message but can't see it, sorry if it gets on twice.
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    I,ve had this syndrome for46 years and was put on Mirapexin. 0.088mg 3years ago and from then on its a pleasure to go to bed and sleep but some times I take 1 and a half tablets would not go without them.
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      Hi joyce

      i also have been on mirrapexin for nearly 4 years now I started on the same dose you did but it got worse so my gp prescribed me same medicine in a 24 hour release tablet which worked but did not last 24 hours so had to take ghetto 0.88 ones in between I have had them for a year now and I now have to have them 3 times within the 24 hours cos they wear off and I also have to take the 0.88 ones in between still I also get a pain in my left arm when my tablets are wearing off I have rub my arm till it goes off until the pills kick in do you get anything like that ??

       

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    None. Of my family has this yet out off 8 of us I did a lot of sports .swimming skating so why me I don't know better go now and take them
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    Hi john,I tried support tights years ago they worked for a while and also the pill your now on it made me dizzy the next day .one has to keep trying.
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