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by zookeeper
Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:09 am
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: how many people have pain!!
Replies: 27
Views: 2185

Aiken, I'd really mention that to your current neurologist and ask for a cervical MRI. Although you get relief by babying your neck, what if you were ever rearended in a car? The warning from my neurologist that I could be paralized is what finally convinced me to have surgery, an L3/4 laminectony. ...
by zookeeper
Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:57 am
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: RLS IN THE CAR
Replies: 16
Views: 2236

I use the full length compression stockings a lot. I keep them on for naps or if my legs start up while I'm sitting and I put them on two hours before bedtime most nights, taking them off just as I go to bed. This is in addition to taking hydrocodone ( 7.5 mg) 3 or 4 times a dayand a muscle relaxant...
by zookeeper
Sun Dec 07, 2008 7:43 am
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: Antibiotics?
Replies: 3
Views: 564

Antibiotics?

Has anyhone had problems with antibiotics making the RLs flare up? I've been doing great lately on hydrocodone, even able to miss the last dose of the day without problems. However the past few mights, I've been able to fall asleep only to be wakened by RLS after maybe half an hour. The only thing n...
by zookeeper
Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:53 pm
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: Muscle relaxants
Replies: 26
Views: 3362

I take Soma every night to help my back ease up and it doesn't seem to have any adverse effects on the RLS. It doesn't leave me groggy in the morning like Flexoril does either. So if one type of muscle relaxant doesn't work, there are others you can try.
by zookeeper
Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:14 pm
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: Suzanne Sommers mocks RLS
Replies: 6
Views: 819

Good job, Zack :wink:
by zookeeper
Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:10 pm
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: This helps for me
Replies: 17
Views: 1782

Hehe...love the drawing, Aiken. I use a pillow, too... a small one folded in half between my knees since I sleep on my side. I've even perfected rolling over with the pillow in p[lace. It's mostly for my back but can help the RLS when I lay on the most affected side. I usually lose it before moring ...
by zookeeper
Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:30 pm
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: getting bothered with RLS again
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Please let us know how the acupuncture works. I've got an appointment next week for acupuncture to help me quit smoking.
by zookeeper
Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:59 am
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: In need of advice!
Replies: 9
Views: 980

The only thing I have to add to the great stuff already posted is that if he is still taking hydrocodone and does try to discontinue it, to do so very gradually. A sudden stoppage can cause much worse RLS symptoms as well as some withdrawal symptoms. This does not mean he's addicted but anyone takin...
by zookeeper
Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: Freaking new neurologist
Replies: 9
Views: 1139

Hehe nope, Susan, not a real zookeeper, although at one time I wanted to be. Instead I have my own little zoo: currently 8 cats , two dogs and a house chicken plus all the wild life we feed, deer: turkey, racoons and squirrels. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you try to help your mom. Do rem...
by zookeeper
Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:11 pm
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: Freaking new neurologist
Replies: 9
Views: 1139

Susan, I'm like you...I've had two back surgeries. I spend a lot of time sitting on my bed or crosslegged on my computer chair. Other chairs hurt my back and, for me, sitting Indian style not only supports my back, it seems to delay onset of the RLS crap. I do have a set routine I use before going t...
by zookeeper
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:10 pm
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: seeing dr. what best to ask?
Replies: 4
Views: 1336

I agree with Sojourner. If the vicoden or percocet works, take it. You might see if vicoden will work, rather thatn percocet. It's less strong an opiate and for me, I can take it throughout the day with no ill effects on my ability to function. In fact, I usually take it 4 times a day, since mu RLS ...
by zookeeper
Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:12 pm
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: RLS and epidural for back pain
Replies: 4
Views: 706

I've had several steriodal epidurals for low abck pain prior to my recent surgery. They didn't seem to e=affecr my RLS at all but of course I was also taking hydrocodone for the pain and it reliefs my RLS very well.
Perhaps ask the Dr what meds he will use and see if they are on the Mayo algorythem?
by zookeeper
Thu Aug 07, 2008 12:49 am
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: Who is your favorite doctor?
Replies: 125
Views: 49791

Dr Donald Hopewell at Skaggs Neorological in Branson, Mo. seems to have a handle on RLS. I saw him for back pain but we also talked about my RLS and he had no problem keeping me on hydrocodone for the RLS.
by zookeeper
Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:12 pm
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: sleeping in pool works for me - anybody else?
Replies: 8
Views: 1037

I wonder if it's the difference in the heat of the body as opposed the temp of our legs/feet? I know I can't sleep if my feet are hot...the RLS hits right away. Right now I sleep with a fan aimed directly at my feet and the AC set at about 68. I fold the bed covers back at the foot of the bed. Now i...
by zookeeper
Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:06 pm
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: Dr Picchietti - Ten things to know about RLS
Replies: 5
Views: 804

I'd have to wonder about that, too. I take Lexapro, a very small dosage most of the time, although I did increase it this past winter when it seemed that SAD was making itself part of the problem. I will try using a light box for it next winter. I have had no increase in RLS from the Lexapro and non...

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