Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
WYNTERSTORMCROW's Photo WYNTERSTORMCROW SparkPoints: (9,701)
Fitness Minutes: (11,832)
Posts: 3
8/15/13 11:11 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hey everyone.

I take .25 mg of Mirapex a night for RLS - after going ten days with no sleep at all, and nothing I tried helping it, I had to go to the doctor and that's what he put me on. It works for me, thankfully.

The bad part is that after going on Mirapex, I could no longer take anything for the depression and other issues that go along with my PTSD.

After reading through this discussion, I really wonder if I'm not occasionally having small seizures. I've had a CAT scan done, but not an MRI. *sighs* More stuff to talk to the doctor about.

Now if I could just manage to sleep all the way through the night ...

RENIESSPARKIN's Photo RENIESSPARKIN Posts: 8,772
1/28/12 3:40 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I don't know where mine starts, my legs and arms just go flying and jerking. I hate 'em. I actually have a friend who likes them because she says she knows she's close to falling to sleep. Hmmmmm?

Renie

Irene
Co-Leader~I_Need_Sleep

Beauty is in the IQ of the beholder.

Good food, good sleep, good friends creates a Spark for Life!

Let's all have fun and encourage others while getting healthy!!


 current weight: 206.7 
 
214
199.25
184.5
169.75
155
NIAGCHRIS246 SparkPoints: (13,966)
Fitness Minutes: (2,090)
Posts: 2,795
1/27/12 7:40 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Mine feel like a flow of eclectricity that starts at the top of my spine and flows downward, down my arms and down my back, then down through both legs, all in a split second. It causes a jerk through my whole body but no flying limbs! Come to think of it, I haven't had one of those either since I stopped drinking "the stuff".

I'm starting to think the only wheat we should eat should come straight off the stalk! The whole foods people are right. I get a news letter from a raw foods group, I'm not ready to go that far yet.

WNY


 current weight: 240.0 
 
250
217.5
185
152.5
120
RENIESSPARKIN's Photo RENIESSPARKIN Posts: 8,772
1/26/12 8:10 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I do believe several of the artificial sweetners have been tampered enough that they do create an addiction. Then I read the Multi-grain bread ingredients and it shows flour (which means they made white bread out of it) and the Corn sweetner is a triple no-no. We'd be better off drinking water (purified) and eating fresh veggies and fruits. They aren't even a SAFE alternative.

Yes, I get the whole-body jerk with both legs and at least one arm flying up into the air and jerking several times. Is that how yours are? My doctor at the time I took my test, met me in the hall and said I do have seizures. But nothing more came of it. However, I still get them every night.

Renie

Irene
Co-Leader~I_Need_Sleep

Beauty is in the IQ of the beholder.

Good food, good sleep, good friends creates a Spark for Life!

Let's all have fun and encourage others while getting healthy!!


 current weight: 206.7 
 
214
199.25
184.5
169.75
155
NIAGCHRIS246 SparkPoints: (13,966)
Fitness Minutes: (2,090)
Posts: 2,795
1/26/12 6:15 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm suspicious that there is some addictive ingredient in pop and diet pop. Why should it be so hard to give it up? The caffiene is addictive but coffee has more caffiene then pop and I don't crave coffee. It's not carb craving because I only drink diet. There is a team just for giving up pop! I think it has something to do with the carbonation. I tried switching to Seirra Mist (no caffiene) and started craving that just as much.

Do you ever get a whole-body jerk? Only lasts a split second but feels like a jolt of lightning ran done your nerves from your head to your toes? I asked the nurse at work if it could be siezure related, she said no, she thought it was muscle spasms.

WNY


 current weight: 240.0 
 
250
217.5
185
152.5
120
RENIESSPARKIN's Photo RENIESSPARKIN Posts: 8,772
1/25/12 11:21 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Makes you suspicious about what?

My RLS feels more like siezures, do yours?

Irene
Co-Leader~I_Need_Sleep

Beauty is in the IQ of the beholder.

Good food, good sleep, good friends creates a Spark for Life!

Let's all have fun and encourage others while getting healthy!!


 current weight: 206.7 
 
214
199.25
184.5
169.75
155
NIAGCHRIS246 SparkPoints: (13,966)
Fitness Minutes: (2,090)
Posts: 2,795
1/25/12 7:24 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I know how that is. It was very, very hard for me to give it up. It took months and months for the craving to go away, and it is still not gone completely. Makes me suspicious....

WNY


 current weight: 240.0 
 
250
217.5
185
152.5
120
RENIESSPARKIN's Photo RENIESSPARKIN Posts: 8,772
1/24/12 8:58 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Oh, good. My daughter has a perpetual gigantic mug of it going. I don't know how she keeps a tooth in her head or all her bones from breaking.

Irene
Co-Leader~I_Need_Sleep

Beauty is in the IQ of the beholder.

Good food, good sleep, good friends creates a Spark for Life!

Let's all have fun and encourage others while getting healthy!!


 current weight: 206.7 
 
214
199.25
184.5
169.75
155
NIAGCHRIS246 SparkPoints: (13,966)
Fitness Minutes: (2,090)
Posts: 2,795
1/24/12 4:34 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
No, it is not worth it. Except when I've had a long hard day and it's not over yet! I have a bottle of diet pepsi once in a while, no more everyday like I used to!

WNY


 current weight: 240.0 
 
250
217.5
185
152.5
120
RENIESSPARKIN's Photo RENIESSPARKIN Posts: 8,772
1/22/12 9:44 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I know, but is it worth all the physical pain and suffering? Hate to tell you this, but POP don't luv you. It don't luv my daughter either. Blech!

Irene
Co-Leader~I_Need_Sleep

Beauty is in the IQ of the beholder.

Good food, good sleep, good friends creates a Spark for Life!

Let's all have fun and encourage others while getting healthy!!


 current weight: 206.7 
 
214
199.25
184.5
169.75
155
NIAGCHRIS246 SparkPoints: (13,966)
Fitness Minutes: (2,090)
Posts: 2,795
1/22/12 12:28 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
But...but...but...I LOVE pop!

WNY


 current weight: 240.0 
 
250
217.5
185
152.5
120
RENIESSPARKIN's Photo RENIESSPARKIN Posts: 8,772
1/21/12 8:39 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Chris: In my book, just getting off pop of every sort improves your health, no matter what conditions you may or may not have. Thanks for the info.

Hugs,
Renie

Irene
Co-Leader~I_Need_Sleep

Beauty is in the IQ of the beholder.

Good food, good sleep, good friends creates a Spark for Life!

Let's all have fun and encourage others while getting healthy!!


 current weight: 206.7 
 
214
199.25
184.5
169.75
155
NIAGCHRIS246 SparkPoints: (13,966)
Fitness Minutes: (2,090)
Posts: 2,795
1/21/12 1:30 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I got relief from my restleg syndrome when I stopped using artificial sweeteners as much as possible. It is hard to avoid foods with artificial sweeteners like yogurt, but I stopped drinking diet pop (which means I gave up pop altogther), bottled diet teas, and all drink mixes.

I am glad Gabapentin helped you, I suspect you are sleeping better due to relief from restleg.

Be cautious with calcium/magnesium supplements. I had some very bad side effects after taking just one. Message me if you would like details.

WNY


 current weight: 240.0 
 
250
217.5
185
152.5
120
SUCCESS-AMT SparkPoints: (63,332)
Fitness Minutes: (67,845)
Posts: 3,928
4/4/11 11:18 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yes, thanks!

 current weight: 237.0 
 
254
228
202
176
150
JOCKO56BEER Posts: 2,093
4/4/11 7:16 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I just read an article from "SP health saying restless leg syndrome have a 45% chanch of heart trouble.
Have your doctor check it out,maybe you can be one of the 55%
John

Take care and be well. John/New York


 
254
228
202
176
150
SUCCESS-AMT SparkPoints: (63,332)
Fitness Minutes: (67,845)
Posts: 3,928
3/20/11 2:20 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
HI! Well I having trouble sleeping and I have Restless Leg S. I have taken Gabapentin for a year or so. But still have trouble sleeping. My daught told me about Melatonin to take at night a few hours before leep. So I have been doing it. This all makes more sense listening to your info on your blogs. Lately, money has been short so I had to wait to get some of my medicine. Now that I have it all and have been taking thesed two particular I am definitely sleeping a lot better. Thank you God! emoticon

 current weight: 237.0 
 
254
228
202
176
150
RENIESSPARKIN's Photo RENIESSPARKIN Posts: 8,772
3/17/11 12:32 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Another great reason to have a snack with calcium in it before hitting the hay. Thanks for the comments.

Renie

Irene
Co-Leader~I_Need_Sleep

Beauty is in the IQ of the beholder.

Good food, good sleep, good friends creates a Spark for Life!

Let's all have fun and encourage others while getting healthy!!


 current weight: 206.7 
 
214
199.25
184.5
169.75
155
SQUAMISHPHOENIX Posts: 4
3/17/11 12:28 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My boyfriend gets the RLS at night. I found what helped was to up his calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. It stopped it in it's tracks. You can buy these chewable wafers from SISU. They are cal - mag wafers with D in them.

RENIESSPARKIN's Photo RENIESSPARKIN Posts: 8,772
3/14/11 7:16 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yup! You are absolutely right and I thank you for looking it up for us who suffer from RLS. I wrote a goofy poem called A Bunny who didn't think it was funny to have RLS.

Maybe I'll post it on my Blog Page.

Do you also have cold feet and legs when you go to bed? It still drives me nuts. I think wearing socks to bed helps, even if you do have to take them off later. emoticon

I feel the Gabapentin helps me the most because it has been found to help a lot of nerve problems.

Renie

Edited by: RENIESSPARKIN at: 3/14/2011 (19:20)
Irene
Co-Leader~I_Need_Sleep

Beauty is in the IQ of the beholder.

Good food, good sleep, good friends creates a Spark for Life!

Let's all have fun and encourage others while getting healthy!!


 current weight: 206.7 
 
214
199.25
184.5
169.75
155
EMERALDMAGE SparkPoints: (404)
Fitness Minutes: (45)
Posts: 5
3/14/11 5:30 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Renee(sp) it is melatonin. I can't remember why it works...but it does the following from wikipideda:
Exogenous melatonin taken in the evening is, together with light therapy upon awakening, the standard treatment for delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) and non-24-hour sleep-wake syndrome. It appears to have some use against other circadian rhythm sleep disorders as well, such as jet lag and the problems of people who work rotating or night shifts. Melatonin reduces sleep onset latency to a greater extent in people with DSPS than in people with insomnia.[34]

Taken 30 to 90 minutes before bedtime, melatonin supplementation acts as a mild hypnotic. It causes melatonin levels in the blood to rise earlier than the brain's own production accomplishes. This usage is now commonly used in sleep and relaxation drinks.[59]

A very small dose taken several hours before bedtime in accordance with the phase response curve for melatonin in humans (PRC) doesn't cause sleepiness but, acting as a chronobiotic (affecting aspects of biological time structure),[60] advances the phase slightly and is additive to the effect of using light therapy upon awakening. Light therapy may advance the phase about one to two-and-a-half hours and a small oral dose melatonin, timed correctly some hours before bedtime, can add about 30 minutes to the advance achieved with light therapy.[61]


RENIESSPARKIN's Photo RENIESSPARKIN Posts: 8,772
3/12/11 5:58 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Oh, dang, I've forgotten the name too. Sorry. Was it melatonin?

Edited by: RENIESSPARKIN at: 3/12/2011 (17:59)
Irene
Co-Leader~I_Need_Sleep

Beauty is in the IQ of the beholder.

Good food, good sleep, good friends creates a Spark for Life!

Let's all have fun and encourage others while getting healthy!!


 current weight: 206.7 
 
214
199.25
184.5
169.75
155
KENNARD1 Posts: 921
3/12/11 2:52 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
what was the vitamin/supplement/herb someone was talking about couple of weeks ago that helps with sleep..................I've forgotten
thanks

RENIESSPARKIN's Photo RENIESSPARKIN Posts: 8,772
3/12/11 12:00 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi, Courtney, and welcome to the Sleep Team. I've been taking Gabapentin for years, first for diabetic neuropathy and then found it also helped with restless leg. I'm glad you finally found something for you to use. It doesn't really help me with sleep, however.

Thank you for sharing,
Renie

Irene
Co-Leader~I_Need_Sleep

Beauty is in the IQ of the beholder.

Good food, good sleep, good friends creates a Spark for Life!

Let's all have fun and encourage others while getting healthy!!


 current weight: 206.7 
 
214
199.25
184.5
169.75
155
MSHELEN21's Photo MSHELEN21 SparkPoints: (149,808)
Fitness Minutes: (80,941)
Posts: 10,763
3/12/11 10:03 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am so happy to hear that you found something that works for your RLS. emoticon
Oh and it also helps you get your sleep and stay asleep too. Hope this info can help others here that have the same health problem. emoticon





 current weight: 132.0 
 
139
136.25
133.5
130.75
128
COURTNEYSKYLA1 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 1
3/12/11 3:22 A

Send Private Message
Reply
As long as I can remember I've had extremely bad restless leg syndrome...at night and sometimes during the day i would feel like the nerves in my leg muscles were going crazy and I had to do leg lifts or walk around to feel relief, which kind of gets in the way of falling asleep! To hopefully save some people this problem here is what hurt and what helped. Hurt: being confined such as in an airplane increases restless legs-ask for seat with more room. Taking any antihistamines like gravol or cold medicine like actifed increases restlessness as well as taking melatonin. Help: medications like xanax or codeine certainly do help but the side effects where just to much to deal with and can be addicting. Drugs for parkinsons like Mirapex are the most often prescribed now but didn't quite do it for me. Then I found Gabapentin, originally used for epilepsy or nerve related pain like shingles, to be a 100% cure for my restless legs. Not only that but it makes me fall asleep so easily without making me drowsy and stay asleep all night. This effect doesn't wear off either even though i've been taking it over a yr everynight, though I have had to increase my dose. Its literally been life changing for me. I havn't had restlegs legs once since except the couple times I've forgotten to take it. Can't say enough about it and highly recommend asking your dr about it if you have the same issues. Oh also its recently been used as a treatment for depression/bipolar disorder which i also have. I haven't had any major episodes since I've been on this med. Hope this helps


Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other I Need Sleep! Medications - Helpful or Not? Posts

Topics: Last Post:
Fibromyalgia and Sleep 9/23/2014 1:04:54 PM
Ambien Stories 4/2/2014 9:31:31 PM
seroquel 5/29/2014 11:57:55 PM
Trazodone 2/18/2014 10:57:22 AM
Temazepam for sleep? does it work for you? 10/26/2014 11:36:32 PM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=971x6162x40504397

Review our Community Guidelines