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Could anyone tell me if there is away to get through the withdrawal symptoms, so not to suffer so much. My worst is at night, I can't sleep if i don't have any of the pain meds left. The feeling I get in my arms & legs are so bad, it makes me feel like wanting to cut the limbs off, it hurts so bad. the only way I can describe it is, feeling like there is something crawling around under my skin, & I find no way to get any relief, I have to stay up & walk around for hours, to get any kind of relief, even then the relief is very little. Then the next day, I'm just feeling lazy, i don't want to do anything but sleep the days away, when I don't have the pain meds. But, I have to say, the arms & legs are the worst when I lay down at nite. Can anyone help me.
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1892616 tn?1333769938
i can very well understand what it is like to go through RLS, it s the most frustrating of all w/ds and probably the longest of all. atleast for me it s been the most disgusting and lasted longer than any other w/ds. some things that can help are hot showers, exercise(walk,etc.), there r meds called highland restful legs(these are otc pills), then a friend of mine calcium, magnesium, zinc help, there s a 3 in 1 supplement that also might help. u can get it all from walmart.
then there s another tablet (Cabergolin) basically used for parkinson patients but u got to talk to a dr. before using this one..
i hope this helps. there will be more ppl here who would be of more help. keep posting.
take care
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it's an awful feeling in NA they call it riding the bike all night terrible. Gunn gave you your OTC options, try a hot bath with Epsom salts,and get quinine any way you can in the US it's a script but the Highlands makes one with Quinine in it I took 4 to 6 every 4 hours and it helped bananas and plenty of potassium. Also stay hydrated I used Pedialite but some like Gatorade I nneded the electrolytes.I found that any OTC sleep meds made mine worse. If you can get any Valium that will also help. Keep posting you're not alone. Sharon
1892616 tn?1333769938
sharon for me benzos always made rls worse. sleeping aids don t help with rls, this is what i experienced.
1801781 tn?1461629469
I kept telling myself...YOU HAVE the FLU!  It will be over and I will feel so much better.  My brain seemed to get that and settled down a little.  It is hard, but doable!  The Thomas Recipe (bottom of the page) under Health Pages will help.  I did not to the tranquilizers and had to cut back on the Ltryosine, but the rest really helped.  Imodium, Imodium, Imodium (liquid or pills if the liquid can't be found or you can't swallow it) will help.  I took double the dosage for a few days (personal choice) and it helped so much..even with the withdrawals in general and the opiate trots which sucked.  

Hydrate and eat! ((gatorade is good) Even if it is just a little every hour or so.(boost or ensure might work for both food and drink)  You have to eat something to keep your energy up as much as possible.  

If you have Restless legs..it is hit or miss what works.  Walking seemed to help me some.  Hot bath with epsom salts..a little.  I finally had to get my doctor to refill my restless legs meds (non addictive) to get some sleep.  If nothing works,your doctor might help.  Benedryl helps some with sleep issues and you will have them.

One hour at a time is all anyone can ask.  After 2 weeks it gets a little better and I started to say, One day at a time!  Your brain will do all sorts of things to get you to take a pill.  I found if I was hungry..the cravings got worse.  I would try to eat a banana, a few grapes or a few crackers to get that under control.

The hardest part comes after the detox.  Your brain will be all over the place and will try to get you back on the pills...It is having to work and not depend on the pills to help.  

Good for you.  I hope all goes well.  You have made a good start coming here....this site has helped me so much!!!  Keep posting!!!!!
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