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MikeJ

MikeJ
Joined Jan 2015
MikeJ
Joined Jan 2015

I can share with you my personal experience, but I have learned that each of us has a unique physiology and we should not assume that the experience of one person will be the same for another. Discuss with your physician any medical interventions you consider. When my RLS was really bothering me, I was prescribed Requip which is also used to treat Parkinson's. I developed augmentation, which means that the symptoms became worse. After a period of nothing, my physician suggested we try gabapentin (Neurotin). Fairly quickly, I started having constant thoughts about dying, for example, while getting ready for bed, wondering if people would know where to find my will if I died in my sleep. I also had occasional suicidal ideation even though I didn't feel depressed. Obviously, I stopped the gabapentin and those went away. After another period with no meds, my physician prescribed a low dose of diazepam (Valium). That does seem to work, and the only side effect I have noticed is a bit of fuzzy-headedness in the morning. I don't take it every night, and a 30 day prescription will last me 3-4 months since I really don't like taking meds. So I guess my thought would be that meds work for some people, but be careful and work with your doctor. On a non-medical side, I bought a light blanket and sleep on top of the covers while my spouse sleeps under the covers. With only the light blanket not tucked in anywhere, it makes me feel less tense in the legs, though not sure if it reduces my kicking.