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Re: I might have restless leg - help!

Re: I might have restless leg - help!

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Posted by Rich Stercho on November 19, 1999 at 19:09:04:

In Reply to: I might have restless leg - help! posted by Alyce Meehan on October 05, 1999 at 13:04:25:

: I was watching the news last night and was amazed to
: hear someone describe symtoms of a strange affliction
: I have dealt with for years.

: Since I can remember I have experienced extra 'energy'
: in my legs that seems to hit severely at bed time. I
: have not discussed this with my doctor because it is
: hard to describe. I remedy the situation by 'rocking'
: myself to sleep. This has been more of an issue since
: I got married. I cannot explain this strong urge to
: move yet I cannot stop. During the day, I tend to move
: my legs with reqularity. When flying I try to get an
: aisle set so that I can get up and move about. Recently
: I am experiencing this sensation more in my right leg
: which has gotten worse. By the way I am now 44 and have
: a twin sister that has experienced the same symtoms for
: as many years.

: Is going to a sleep clinic the right approach for
: diagnosis?

Hi, I read your note here and will pass on my info/advice. My RLS started years ago when driving late at night. It's always been a tickling sensation; like having a little man in my knee and elbow with a feather that every 10 seconds or so, runs it lightly across the inside of my knee/elbow. It has always reminded me of 'Chinese tickling torture'. It kicked off big time when I had an operation on my wrist and a bone fusion was done with three pins sticking out of my skin that got infected.(at age 42 incidentally). Sleep became impossible and I once punched a hole in the wall out of extreme frustration. The only thing that worked for my extreme conditions were narcotic drugs that I had for pain from the operation. Once they ran out, I could not sleep. My local Dr. trusted me enough to know I was serious and prescribed vicodin. That allowed me to sleep. I moved to Cleveland and eventually went to Meridia Hospital's Pain Clinic and found a wonderful Dr. who did lots of tests and tried some nerve blocks. They didn't work, but an MRI showed a disc bulging on the left, the side my problem exists on. He knows the symptoms are for real, and is not afraid to prescribe narcotics, which don't have side effects. I've tried other drugs but the side effects are awful. Despite addiction risks, Dr's are now realizing that risk is low with long term patients and natural narcotics pose no long term physical hazzards. If you have a pain clinic nearby, it could help. Good luck and God bless.

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