richviv wrote:I have RlS/WED and other problems. I take ropinirole for my legs . I have taken it for many years . It helps but I get confused about augmentation -are some or even all of my symptoms ( leg movement and leg pain) a result of my med. I know if I do not take it I have symptoms and if I take it I have less or no symptoms and if I start having symptoms and I take some (my RX is 8 1mg tablets daily) I usually feel better. I also know , in part after reading posts here, that seemingly maybe even all meds used for RLS/WED have problems/side effects, and that what helps one person may not help someone else and even that one person who has been helped by a certain med, the med may turn on them and make things worse or just stop helping. I wish my question could be, what med is guaranteed to stop all my symptoms for all time , but I already know the answer- does not exist, which, of course , is a very bad/sad answer. So that leaves me where? I certainly wish My RLS symptoms were better controlled, but to go looking for a different , better and or even best med, seems like a "Crap shoot" , I have seen 2 neurologist and all they did is cost me more money. I have tried 2 or 3 other meds over the years, but I am still taking ropinirole. So before I end up writing my vastly entertaining life story and or taking whining to the next level (which I have advanced experience in). will some body , despite what I wrote earlier, tell me the 'Perfect Solution ". I will be waiting ( Please excuse the sarcasm, but , just know , I get tired of coping, putting a "smile on". having a hard time sitting for very long, waking up in pain, so I become a tiny bit bitter)
Your post brings to mind the "Perfect Solution" or "Nirvana Fallacy." You can google either but I have included a link to at least one discussion--which I like because of some of the embedded quotes such as "Don't let perfect be the enemy of good." and "A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow." I'm not sure that it's in the link but I also like "Sometime good enough is really good enough."
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/M ... ionFallacy
"but I remain convinced that opening the door to change without knowing what is on the other side is too big a gamble"... Not sure I have read all your posts/background but I'm guessing that you have already already done that when you started ropinerole.
As Sleepdancer2 said, You are wise to be discerning and cautious. I feel that, in my somewhat lengthy lifetime, I have had very good medical care. I also, like you, know that I have also been "harmed" along the way. But, that takes me back to the Nirvana Fallacy in terms of "What do I do?"
It's late and I'm starting to enter the fog of not so clear thinking. So, I'll quit here and as I have not already done so say "welcome to the board."
Wishing all who visit here some peace this night.