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I’ve suffered RLS for 40 years. For me it’s severe. I’ve altered my lifestyle to cope. I sleep wherever and whenever I can. Usually only for about 10 mins before my RLS disturbs me. On long journeys, for instance, I have to stop at every services to rest. I plan what I’m going to do through the night. I also suffer Depression. I’m therefore a neurological wreck. Serotonin and Dopamine deficient. I’m on Pramapexole which works to some extent. I fact, if I didn’t take Pramapexole at around 16.30, I wouldn’t get any sleep at all. I recently suffered a Depressive episode and came close to ending my own life. If it wasn’t for the fact that I’m a father and my two daughters need me, I doubt if I would be here now. My depression medication was altered to Venlafaxin. Initially 37.5 mg. It worked and depression improved but still plagued by RLS. On visiting my doctor again, he increased my Venlafaxin to 75mg, slow release. Which brings me to the point of my discussion? Since I’ve taken 75 mg, my sleep has dramatically improved. I’m actually able to have a reasonable nights sleep. Not all the time but enough to overcome sleep depravation to a manageable level. Hope this all helps you.
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