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by Yankiwi
Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:06 am
Forum: Just Joined?
Topic: Anxiety is now a side effect.
Replies: 3
Views: 546

Re: Anxiety is now a side effect.

I used Sinemet about 10-15 years ago until it augmented very quickly. With nothing else available in New Zealand, and because it worked fast, I kept it for drives, concerts and movies. Last year after being prescribed ropinerole (Requip) I asked Dr. B. via email if it would be okay to take Sinemet o...
by Yankiwi
Sat Mar 28, 2015 2:49 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Adding another script
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: Adding another script

I take .37 ropinerol before bed, 2 x tramadol the first time I wake up, and stretch the second time. That works well for me. Before starting the ropinerol a year ago I tried clonazapam. It did absolutely nothing at all for me. I'm happy as long as my legs don't hurt in the night even if I wake up a ...
by Yankiwi
Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:36 am
Forum: General Topics: RLS/WED
Topic: NY Times Editorial on "Painkiller abuse"
Replies: 6
Views: 591

Re: NY Times Editorial on "Painkiller abuse"

Badnights, that's funny and probably accurate. It reminded me of a cartoon where one person says something like "scientists say …" and the other one says, "I don't listen to scientists, I listen to celebrities".
by Yankiwi
Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:09 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: advice sought changing from Sifrol to Lyrica
Replies: 10
Views: 764

Re: advice sought changing from Sifrol to Lyrica

Dr. B is great, he really helped me with good advice over the course of several emails back and forth. I printed out our email conversation and showed them to my GP who took his suggestions on board.
by Yankiwi
Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:25 am
Forum: Just Joined?
Topic: Driving me Crazy
Replies: 38
Views: 2452

Re: Driving me Crazy

If you can afford it, buy a digital book to read, since you prefer them, and a paper book to take with you when you see a doctor. I bought two paper copies: one to keep and one for my GP.
by Yankiwi
Sat Mar 07, 2015 2:48 am
Forum: Augmentation
Topic: Article/interview w/Dr Buchfuhrer about augmentation
Replies: 12
Views: 4343

Re: Article/interview w/Dr Buchfuhrer about augmentation

I printed out a copy of the interview for my GP to whom I'd already given the Clinical Management book. I'm lucky he has an open an interested mind. It's a shame there are so many inflexible doctors out there. (Q. What do you call the person who graduates at the bottom of his/her med school class? A...
by Yankiwi
Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:20 am
Forum: Non-prescription Medicines, Supplements, Diet
Topic: Research related to amino acids
Replies: 4
Views: 2426

Re: Research related to amino acids

This could be interesting (if I could understand it) but rls is only mentioned once, to say patients with it hadn't been tested.
Excluded from the data were patients suffering severe postsynaptic dopamine injury, such as Parkinson’s disease and restless leg syndrome.
by Yankiwi
Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:37 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Requip
Replies: 40
Views: 6421

Re: Requip

This has been a very interesting thread, I read it from the beginning today. Starting in March 2014, I augmented with ropinerol very quickly (like another poster, I thought the first .25 tablet was a miracle for a few weeks). Thanks to this forum I backed off so now take about .37mg before bed (yes,...
by Yankiwi
Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Codeine worked on long drives
Replies: 4
Views: 397

Re: Codeine worked on long drives

I just got back from three days riding in a car for up to six hours in a day. By taking the 60mg codeine right at the beginning of the driveI had no symptoms at all -- bliss -- just like a normal person. Yesterday we went on a seven hour bus trip out to the end of Farewell Spit, a 35k sandbar right ...
by Yankiwi
Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:36 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Codeine worked on long drives
Replies: 4
Views: 397

Codeine worked on long drives

My GP prescribed 60mg codeine for long drives, movies and concerts. Last week I used it on five occasions and it worked well on four. The first drive was in the morning so I waited until I had symptoms which sometimes don't appear in the morning. By waiting, the codeine didn't work at all. I even to...
by Yankiwi
Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:05 am
Forum: Everything Else...just no RLS/WED!
Topic: Little Pleasures
Replies: 6
Views: 2388

Re: Little Pleasures

Thanks Jul, for a great list and a reminder to treat ourselves. I sleep better in a cold room but love my electric blanket. We have a queen size with dual controls so I can be as warm as I want and my husband (who is naturally a lot hotter than I am) can set his how he likes.
by Yankiwi
Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:54 am
Forum: Just Joined?
Topic: Driving me Crazy
Replies: 38
Views: 2452

Re: Driving me Crazy

Dinner time, or a little later is right for Requip. I take ropinerol (Requip) two hours before bedtime and Tramadol when I wake up in the night. So far, so good, with about a 70% success rate. Not sleeping is the absolute pits. The moderators will be able to give some better advice.
by Yankiwi
Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:23 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Hellish night due to not taking my ropinerol
Replies: 42
Views: 5712

Re: Hellish night due to not taking my ropinerol

Thanks, I guess I'll toss the old codeine. We hadn't needed it before and for one reason or the other it doesn't work for me.
by Yankiwi
Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:55 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Hellish night due to not taking my ropinerol
Replies: 42
Views: 5712

Re: Hellish night due to not taking my ropinerol

Polar Bear, how much codeine do you take for periods of enforced inactivity such as car drives? One night, out of desperation, I took 30mg of codeine sulphate from a 14 year old prescription my husband had. It did absolutely nothing. Maybe it was too little or no longer viable.
by Yankiwi
Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: Just Joined?
Topic: New member Hello! And Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 1177

Re: New member Hello! And Questions

How frustrating for you, having had a good medicine that you now can't use. I tried Sinemet about 10 years ago, had rapid augmentation and also diarrhea so I got off of it. Lots of crying in the bathroom at night. I did use the rest of my prescription for long car rides, movies and concerts but can'...

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