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elc
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   Posted 11/11/2006 2:36 AM (GMT -7)   
HI   Can anyone tell me if they get restless legs?  I am suffering with it tonight.  Its 435 and I have to get up for work at 730a.m.   I was told that antidepressants can make it worse.  I am taking 40mg of Celexa.

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   Posted 11/11/2006 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi elc, I never thought I had restless leg syndrom until my psychiatrist appt the other day when I told my doc my symptoms...I have trouble sleeping and he has been trying to help me with that.  I have MS and have ALOT of muscle spasms and these really weird zapping, almost like bugs crawling under my skin in my back, legs, and feet whenever I sit still.  This doesnt only happen at night though it happens all the time. 

So, my neurologist has been thinking it is a MS symptom and was treating it with Neurontin which helped for a while.  After a few years I switched to Lyrica which after a few months has lost its effect now.  So my psychiatrist is thinking it may actually be restless leg syndrom...however, there is no test for this. 

I have been taking antidepressants for years and have worked in the mental health field for just as many years.  I havent taken Celexa...I am on Effexor XR now.  I have never heard of an antidepressant making RLS worse.  Perhaps, you should speak to the physician who has prescribed the Celexa and see what they think.  Let us know...take care


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sukay
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   Posted 11/11/2006 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello elc,
 
I have suffered from RLS for many years. Over the years my doctor has tried so many different meds for me and nothing worked.
 
Luckily my RLS has subsided for now. In the meantime I finally saw a commercial about people suffering from RLS and that there is finally a new medication out there for people suffering from this. In fact it is the first medication especially prescribed for RLS. It is called Requip.    Every time I see this commercial I always say, "Gee I wish they had that when I was flaring!"
 
Ask your doctor about it. It is a new drug. You could "Google" it
and it should be the first one posted on the page.
 
Hope this helps. Believe me I just get it in my legs and I know how painful and frustrating this could be. I can only imagine how much more difficult it is for you. Take care.
 
Sincerely,
~Sukay~*

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   Posted 11/11/2006 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sure that is what I have,although I have not been to the Dr yet (no health insurance yet) but my legs start aching. It doesnt happen every night. If I get up and go outide to have a cig,it seems to get a little better.Sometimes I wonder if it is due to my legs being too warm... I worry because I have had blood clots in my legs and it starts out feeling like they are aching..
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mommapkat
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   Posted 11/11/2006 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I also have rls. I take 100 mg of zoloft a day. I think that it contributes to the condition. Now I also take requip and that pretty much helps with the rls, but I think it makes it harder for me to get up in the morning. I was looking for people to chat about zoloft and weight gain. I've been taking zoloft for probably 5 years now and have gained about 30 pounds. I didn't think I was really eating more, but I just kept gaining weight, then I finally decided to get on the internet about it. I found this site and in the archives there were all these postings about zoloft and weight gain. I don't know what to do though. I don't think that I'm strong enough to not take the zoloft but the weight gain is driving me "crazier"! The zoloft soooo helped my panic attacks as well as my depression and ocd. But....well, now I'm a butterball! If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Love ya all!

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   Posted 11/14/2006 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had RLS for years. I just completed a med study for it and using Requip. I take 2 mg at 5 PM and 2 mg at 9:30 and have been symptom free for 12 weeks. I no longer take Ambien to get to sleep. The anti-d meds and caffeine really triggered mine. Since cutting caffeine out of my diet along with the Requip, sleep has been much improved. Good luck and I hope you find the answers you are looking for.
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mommapkat
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   Posted 11/18/2006 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
CheerDad said...
I have had RLS for years. I just completed a med study for it and using Requip. I take 2 mg at 5 PM and 2 mg at 9:30 and have been symptom free for 12 weeks. I no longer take Ambien to get to sleep. The anti-d meds and caffeine really triggered mine. Since cutting caffeine out of my diet along with the Requip, sleep has been much improved. Good luck and I hope you find the answers you are looking for.

Cheerdad, I loved your quote at the end of your post.  How true it is! I too, have cut out caffeine, and that helped a lot. I take 2 mg of Requip around 8 pm (probably should take it sooner but I want to be able to stay awake and watch my shows!) and it helps tremendously!! I can tell each evening if I haven't taken it, the ole legs start up! 
And...just curious...do you have a cheerleader in the family? I am a former cheer mom! Loved it! And, the Crohn's, did you have to have surgery? I have a good friend that has an ostomy. Now she goes to a homeopathic doctor and has great results from that.

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   Posted 11/18/2006 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
mommapkat,

Yes to all of your questions. I have 2 former cheerleaders with several national championships to their credit. I have had 2 surgeries for the CD and one was critical, nearly took my life. That helped me frame the ideas for the closing tag on my signature.
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.

 
Randy

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