given Ann's experience, you're wise to be cautious of DAs. But I imagine you will need some, so the best approach is to keep the dose as low as posisble by combining with an opioid, and to keep your ferritin levels up.
I've often wondered since I talked with Ann about it whether I too wasn't more of a PLMS than a WED/RLS person before DAs. I went to the doctor because I was dreadfully tired all the time. I woke up a lot at night - - I would be dragged up out of a deep exhausted sleep by some unknown force, and as I became conscious I knew what was happening and dreaded it - and I would just lie there wide awake. I would get up almost immediately.
I had the creepy sensations and urge to move, have had since I was a kid, but if I could get to sleep past them I was ok, and I usually could. The sensations weren't a big part of why I went to the doctor. It took me an entire year to get a diagnosis, and during that time, the same multiple awakenings per night (that I Was aware of) went on, and I still wasn't complaining about creepy sensations. But when one doctor asked me about it, I said yes, I get that. So he diagnosed me with RLS/WED and put me on ropinirole.
It worked like a dream the first night. The second night, not so well. Augmentation in under a week. And the whole sordid mess followed and still follows.
Beth - Wishing you all restful sleep tonight
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