bjoyful wrote:I have just recently joined this discussion board. I've suffered with RLS for over 12 years. I did have the sleep study a year ago this month...and yes it is working. I literally detest having to use it but it has helped immensely. I'm on the c-pap and oxygen. I also take gabapentin twice a day and 1mg. requip . I did start magnesium a week ago...taking it at night. I believe it has also helped. As of the past week I've not had restless legs. But I stay busy....cannot take naps ....legs will not allow me to so I don't. I only get approx. 6 hours of sleep at night but do fine. Doctor says that may be all my body needs.
bjoyful, Welcome to the RLS community. You will find lots of people with compassion, understanding and lots of knowledge and experience here. I'm glad you found us.
RLS has two separate problems that initially seem related. First is the obvious one; jumpy legs (urge to move). When it finally gets bad enough to interrupt sleep is when most people with RLS go to see a doctor. Initially controlling the urge to move (usually with ropinerole (Requip) or pramipexole (Mirapex) is enough for the person to get to sleep. As the disease progresses, the SECOND problem begins to emerge: INSOMNIA. This occurs regardless of how well the urge to move is controlled, and dopamine agonists (like Requip and pramipexole) help this only minimally.
The medicines that seem to help some with sleep for people with RLS are gabapentin and medical marijuana (THC). Ordinary sleeping pills (prescription or over the counter) don't seem to help most people with RLS.
If you live where medical marijuana is legal, I would suggest getting some "edibles" and trying them. 10 mg of THC taken an hour or so before bedtime is a good starting place.
PS I love your user name.