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Unread 02-16-2004, 02:46 PM
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My insomnia got so bad with RLS I didn't care what they gave me or what the long term effects were. I tried Ambien but had adverse affects, like sleep walking and eating ice cream with no memory of it. I tried Restoril and it worked at first and then it would only work for a few hours when I would wake up distressed for the rest of the night. Now I am on Neurontin and Klonopin. I was desperate, but these drugs were given to me for nerve pain and muscle tension. This combination has really worked for me. It took a while to figure out the right doses, but now I sleep like a baby. I was also given a trial of Mirapex which made me nauseas ever time I took it. Ovaltine didn't work for me, neither did Valerian Root or Kava Kava. I used to use antihistamines to help me fall off to sleep, now they are my RLS worst enemy. Talk to your doctor, things were unmanageable when I was getting 3 hours of sleep a night. Every thing in my life looked absolutely grim. I am also on an antidepressant now. It is sad to have to take the drugs and I know that you said you are sensitive to them. I used to be also because I never took anything but Tylenol or the typical pain relievers for headaches. But my body has adjusted after being exposed to more and more. Good look in finding the right combination for you. I feel your pain.
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Unread 02-16-2004, 03:08 PM
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I take the amino acid L-Tryptophan, but this is controversial. It was banned as a supplement years ago after a contaminated batch (produced by one company but sold under several brand names) caused eosinophilia, a potentially fatal blood disorder. It is now available from a compounding pharmacist in pharmaceutical grade by doctor's prescription. Most doctors think it was banned outright, so you have to discuss this with your doctor if you want to go this way.

Again, this is controversial because it is not absolutely, positively certain what contaminant caused the disorder (though it appears to be something called, "factor x", which does not appear in the currently available L-Tryptophan).

But I love the stuff and take 500 mg at night to sleep. Doses of 1000 mg ar not uncommon. Oddly, I also have fewer nightmares with it than I do without it.
Unread 02-16-2004, 05:05 PM
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I am gonna nurse the ulcer tonight.....just take my xanax and the pepcid I usually take and hope for the best.

When I see the dr I will ask him about meds for sleep and that might not hurt the stomach. Right now not even taking ibuprofen for pain because I don't want to kill my stomach.
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Unread 02-16-2004, 06:23 PM
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Hi Rita,
You've received so many good suggestions. I had a thought that may be way off, but, your difficulty sleeping and then your rapid heart beat made me wonder if the doctor has checked your thyroid recently. If you are hyperthyroid I think that could manifest with some of your symptoms. It was just a thought that I wanted to put out there.
Hoping you are finding that things have calmed down and you are no longer dealing with sleepness nights.

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