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RLS causing insomnia - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have terrible RLS ( and foot neurapathy) causing severe insomia. Will sleeping pills overcome this?
How about the pain pills that supposedly help leg cramps(which I do not have). I do not have diabetis.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   ok
Doctor :   You will have releif with pain killers for sure
Doctor :   But sleeping will help you only in insomnia
Doctor :   Do you smoke?
Doctor :   * sleeping pills
User :   no
Doctor :   That s grat
User :   not taking sleeping pills now
Doctor :   Restless leg syndrome has been associated with pregnancy, obesity, smoking, iron deficiency and anemia,
Doctor :   Some drugs and medications have been associated with restless leg syndrome including caffeine, alcohol, H2-histamine blockers, and certain antidepressants.
Doctor :   Getting better sleep and exercise can help some persons affected by restless legs.
Doctor :   First the underlying illness is to be ruled out for prompt trreatment
Doctor :   Search for iron deficiency by blood testing to reveal underlying iron deficiency anemia
User :   I do not have iron def. I take heart pills for choles. and blood pressure
Doctor :   Reduction or elimination of caffeine and alcohol can be very helpful
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I was just explaining the causes for RLS
User :   I seldom drink coffee or sodas
Doctor :   Thats will sure help you , keep them reduced

Doctor :   Medications used to treat restless leg syndrome include carbidopa-levodopa, opioids or tramadol for intermittent symptoms.
Doctor :   pramipexole (Mirapex) is the newly suggested drug for treatment of RLS
Doctor :   Did you follow me
User :   yes
Doctor :   So you will; rather require an consultation from neurologist for prescription of the above mentioned drugs
Doctor :   Sure will have good results
User :   ok Thanks
Doctor :   I would also suggest you to practise Meditation which will improve sleep patterns
Doctor :   And Yoga too has got better results
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you ?
User :   How do I print this??
Doctor :   You will have the option of veiw chat history from there you can have a copy
Doctor :   If you find it difficult i can ask The CRM team to forward you your chat history by mail
Doctor :   Within 30 mins
User :   OK Thanks
Doctor :   Wishing you a speedy recovery
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
User :   bye
Doctor :   Bye for now.
Doctor :   Have a great day ahead
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