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Posted by annette
on February 02, 2000 at 23:11:31:
My legs were driving me crazy at night, mainly from the hips and thighs. I was getting so little sleep that even minor things bothered me. I was so exhausted that I could do little more than get the kids off to school then collapse on the couch. Oct. of 99 I went to a sleep disorder clinic and saw a neurologist. He checked my ferritin level and it was an 11. It had been checked spring of 99 and it was a 6. Long story short, if you have rsl they are finding that symptoms are reduced if the ferritin level is at 50 or more.(normal is considered 12-150) Not to be confused with hemoglobin level, have your dr. do a ferritin level test. I've been taking 300 mgs. of iron per day for 12 weeks and I can tell a definitive improvement. However, I have also been on sinemet cr for 10 wks and it gave me tremendous relief, unfortunately it has created blurry vision and I had to get off of it. I've been off for a week and things are tolerable. I am to keep taking the iron for 6 more weeks and dr. will check my ferritin level again. Good Luck! I just found this site and glad to know I'm not crazy!
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