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Old 02-24-2007, 08:57 PM   #1
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Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)

I had a sleep study done and was diagnosed with PLMD.

My question is this, for anyone else diagnosed with this disorder, what would be the daytime and long term effects? Just the standard sleep disorder issues or would it effect the stamina of ones legs and arms? Or cause pain in the arms and legs?

I am trying to determine if the PLMD is the cause of my pain and weakness problems or just a symptom of a yet undiagnosed muscle issue.

I haven't tried the recommended drugs for PLMD yet but I plan on giving them a shot, I can't feel much worse physically so what the heck.

Thanks for any insights anyone has. I'd be happy to add additional info if needed but didn't want to bore anyone with my long sad story .

 
Old 02-26-2007, 11:00 AM   #2
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Re: Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)

I was diagnosed two years ago with moderate to severe plmd. I often woke up at night with pain in my hips, so intense that i took aspirin for it--please note that until this time i was perfectly healthy and never took aspirin (and no, i've never had a headache). Occasionally i experienced joint pain during the day, too, but the primary problem i had was sleep deprivation. My sleep specialist prescribed iron supplements but they didn't help. Neither did Mirapex. My doctor, thank goodness, didn't push more meds. My primary doctor and my sleep specialist denied any correlation between the plmd and the blood pressure medications. HOWEVER, my periodic limb movements disappeared completely when I changed my blood pressure medication. Please note that i tried 4 different blood pressure medications before i found one without movement disturbances--I experienced the worst movement disturbances with benicar hct--my legs would start to spasm in the afternoon and continue until i took my next bp dose the following am. These spasms disappeared completely the first night off of benicar and have not returned. If you are experiencing plmd, you might want to try and identify what changed prior to your having symtoms before experimenting with prescription drugs. Sometimes the side effects of the prescription drugs are worse than the disease as was in my case. Good luck and good health.

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Old 02-27-2007, 07:43 AM   #3
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Re: Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)

Thank you for the wonderful response! We have tried many different drugs to combat the other issues I have been having since my daughter was born but I have been systematically trying to remove drugs from the list; I hate taking them! All I am taking right now is ClaritinD, a small dose of thyroid med, and cymbalta (I have felt much better since starting this). I also take a multi and various other vitamin supplements. My Primary wanted to start me on cholesterol meds but thankfully wanted to wait a bit to see what happened with my symptoms because cholesterol meds can cause leg pain! I hadn't heard the same for the bp meds. Thanks again.

 
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Re: Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)

FYI My cholesterol reading was 160 the week before my doc prescribed hydrochorolhizide. After being on bp meds for two years, and experieincing sleep deprivation and joint pain, my cholesterol is now 280. There is no doubt in my mind that the bp meds contributed to this number. Now that i can sleep and eat normally i expect these numbers to drop. Will have to wait about six weeks and see.

 
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Re: Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)

I sure hope so! I love drugs when they work but the docs underestimate the side effects. I think many of them also underappreciate how differently individual can respond to a drug. Just like perfume smells differently on everyone, I believe that drug have to be evaluated on an individual basis! Sounds like you really experienced the truth of that! Best of luck and good health to you!

 
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Re: Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)

Yes, i agree--drugs can work miracles and yes, individuals respond differently to drugs. I do think doctors underestimate (or don't look for) side effects. From my personal experience, I would have to say that many side effects are not recognized as such and go unreported. Many things are attributed to "old age" that aren't. In graduate school we spent a lot of time talking about drugs and the elderly. There are two things that stand out from those classes--doctors prescribe drugs for side effects instead of reducing the dosage of a drug or instead of changing a drug. The other thing that stood out was that (this was in the early 1990's so may not apply today) new drugs are tested on healthy men in their early twenties but taken by older women who are not healthy---this is significant because due to fat content and liver function these groups due not metabolize drugs in the same ways...and the docs aren't always aware of this so don't prescribe appropriately.

Well, enough said. I just wish the best for you, in health and in happiness. And thank you for listening. I hope it helps.

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