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Re: restless legs syndrome and fibromyalgia

Re: restless legs syndrome and fibromyalgia

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Posted by Shari on October 21, 1999 at 13:01:29:

In Reply to: Re: restless legs syndrome and fibromyalgia posted by janet on June 20, 1999 at 00:44:58:

: : I am on loads of medication due to fibromyaalgia, degenerative disk disease, irritable bowel syndrome and osteoarthritis. Whenever I try to cut back on my medications or go a few days without it, I develop restless legs at bedtime and find it impossible to fall to sleep even thought I am on 100mg of Elavil to help me sleep! Not only are my legs jumping all over the bed and driving my husband crazy, but I get up and walk from room to room just searching for some relief. Usually the only way I can combat it, is to take a dose of the medications that I am trying to stay off of! It's like a Catch-22. Am I nuts or could the elimination of my meds cause this problem with the restless legs?

: Could someone please tell me what restless leg syndrome is? Thanks, Janet

HI JANET,

I HAVE JUST BEEN DIAGNOSED (1 MONTH) with RLS. I also have degenerative disk
disease (75% arthritis in my body-in my 50's) Also on Elavil. Arm has stopped
tingling, but left leg is almost continuous-day and night along with tingling in my
toes and hand. I also get body muscle spasma or twitches for a few seconds.
Taking Stress B vitamins with calcium in the evening. A TENS unit helps.
I AM SWIMMING (19 YEARS NOW) EVERY DAY. Helps to relieve tension
and I also massage my leg and keep it elevated. The cold, wet midwest
weather doesn't help. Also my knees hurt. Also, my blood pressure has
risen because of the continuous throbbing in my leg and I don't get as much
sleep as I need.

Hope this helps.



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