lack of sleep and restless leg syndrome

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cilly
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   Posted 9/10/2017 1:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Since sleeping less this week,last night my legs were hyper as i walked for 1hr.

I have it in past but not this bad ,i was awake whole night as my legs were shaky and would not stop.

I was tired and annoyed by it.

Is sleep,Cymbalta and restless legs connected.

I am wondering ~any suggestions.
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Tim Tam
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   Posted 9/10/2017 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Cilly:

You said, “Since sleeping less this week,last night my legs were hyper as i walked for 1hr.
“I have it in past but not this bad ,i was awake whole night as my legs were shaky and would not stop.
“I was tired and annoyed by it.”

When I had been taking Mirtazapine anti-depressant, 15 mg. at night, 10 or 15 minutes after I took it, I would lay down to go to sleep.

Five minutes after laying down, my toes would start twitching. I would also get violently hungry, though I had just eaten supper and three snacks. I would jump up and stuff my un-hungry mouth with as much food as I could.

I did this for probably 2 years without connecting the anti-depressant Mirtazapine I had just taken before going to bed with either the hunger or the twitching toes. (I had also taken lithium and a health food store supplement just before going to bed.)

Finally, after a couple of years, probably, I did yard work and layed down to take a very rare afternoon nap. I noticed my toes weren’t twitching.

Wait a minute. I had connected the laying down with the twitching toes, not with taking the Mirtazapine just before bedtime. I was wrong. For 2 years, I was wrong.

My psychiatrist then reduced the Mirtazapine to one half, or to 7.5 mg at bedtime. No more toe twitching.

For your Cymbalta, I went to net, drugs.com said as a less common side effect of Cymbalta was:

“shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet”

So, you asked, “Is sleep,Cymbalta and restless legs connected.”

Net said that’s possible. Maybe if you doctor reduced the med, it would stop. You could also lay down during the day, or late afternoon or early evening, without taking the Cymbalta, to see if your legs still shake.

If they didn’t shake before you started taking Cymbalta, that might be another sign that it could be the Cymbalta.

As for sleep since you’ve stopped taking Ativan,

SuperDan recommend some months ago on this forum, from the health food store or the net, "Knock-out” which he and net says is a combination of Melatonin and Valerian Root, also both from the health food store or the net, individually or combined in "Knock-Out."

For calm, he recommend Chamomile, also from the health food store.

Some say you are supposed to check with your doctor or druggist to see if any of those interfere with meds you may be taking.

My psychiatrist says Melatonin is OK with her for it has been out for so many years.

Some of the sleep aids from the health food store, she doesn't like at all. One caused me to have sore kidneys, which, when combined with the my Lithium (which can hurt the kidneys), wasn't good. I quit taking that product from the health food store, and my kidneys quit hurting.

In addition to the health food store, both Knock-Out (or Melatonin by itself, which is what I take for sleep) and Chamomile are sold at many chain drug stores.

I have bought those on the net through the Walgreen’s Drug Store web site, because I’m more familiar with Walgreen’s than I am some of those other places on the net.

As for dosage, I take 1 mg. of Melatonin at night, but if I wasn’t taking doctor meds (Lithium and Mirtazapine) 1mg. wouldn’t put me to sleep. It might take 3 or 4 which the bottle says is OK. They sell it in 5 or 10 mg. so that must be OK, but I’m not sure I would take that many

You’ll have to decide what you think is best.

These are just my opinions.

Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 9/10/2017 12:26:46 PM (GMT-6)


Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/10/2017 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Cilly,

Sorry this symptom is bugging you...it's miserable, I know!

If you are not used to walking...it could just be that your muscles were overstimulated. Whenever I go back to classes, or exercise more than usual (or too close to bed time) my leg muscle get twitchy and jumpy when I try to sleep.

Gradually adding in exercise, and doing your workouts earlier should help. ;)

S.C.
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cilly
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   Posted 9/14/2017 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you S.C ,you are sweet.

I have got few resources and went to library and got few books on the topic.

will strt reading when feel better.

the heat is killing me.

feel like jumping in snow right now ....lol(i had extreme cold shower yesterday )lol
Cilly

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/14/2017 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Phew, yeah, we have just had a couple of heat waves recently...though it is nice today!

The worst day for my area was 112-13 degrees...crazy hot for what we are used to! I keep a spray bottle of water in the fridge and spritz my face, back of the neck and chest...and it does wonders to cool the whole body down.

Great job on going to the library and being pro-active in learning about how to deal with your challenges! I did the same thing with all the A/P books I could get my hands on...and took a little from each (whatever applied to me) and made myself a great self help plan! smile

S.C.
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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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cilly
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   Posted 9/14/2017 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Scaredy Cat said...
Phew, yeah, we have just had a couple of heat waves recently...though it is nice today!

The worst day for my area was 112-13 degrees...crazy hot for what we are used to! I keep a spray bottle of water in the fridge and spritz my face, back of the neck and chest...and it does wonders to cool the whole body down.

Great job on going to the library and being pro-active in learning about how to deal with your challenges! I did the same thing with all the A/P books I could get my hands on...and took a little from each (whatever applied to me) and made myself a great self help plan! smile

S.C.


Bottle idea in fridge is great!!!

tongue yeah

super20dan
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   Posted 9/14/2017 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
since I started celexa-i have noticed I have sometimes a mild case of restless leg. I can see how a severe case of this would inhibit a good nite sleep

Hibee
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   Posted 9/15/2017 2:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cilly

Yes it could be related to the Cymbalta I would keep an eye on things and if things don't improve after a couple of weeks go and speak with your doctor.

Hibee
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kellyinCali
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   Posted 9/15/2017 4:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Regarding RLS and Cymbalta: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18468624

Lvg123
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   Posted 9/22/2017 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I’ve had many problems with restless leg and my medications. I was told to take klonopin to stop the restless leg and this works. There are also medications specific to stopping restless leg syndrome. Some people suggest taking magnesium but I don’t think that’s strong enough. RLS is extremely frustrating.
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