greentea50 wrote:I am a 50-year-old woman who seems to be developing something like RLS. I first noticed it about a year ago, when I was on Zoloft (not even a high dose). Sometimes my leg would seem to "build up energy" and involuntarily shake. I have a sciatic problem in that leg, as well because of herniated discs in my back. The Zoloft was making me gain weight, so I slowly discontinued it. I had read that twitching could be a side effect of Zoloft, so I was sure that the symptom would stop. At first it seemed to stop, but now it has come back with a vengeance. I've been off Zoloft for 8 months, and the only drugs I take are Synthroid for being Hypothyroid and an oral contraceptive, and occasionally an NSAID for the sciatic pain/sensitivity.
My sleep has been lousy for more than 6 months. My husband had a sleep study and was found to have severe obstructive apnea. He's been using a cpap for the past few months. He encouraged me to go in for a study, and I was found to have mainly hypopneas. I'm still waiting to get my CPAP (it's a long frustrating story of sleep lab and doctor delays....I've had to go in twice, once for a study and once for a titration and didn't sleep well either time). Most of the time now, my husband can't sleep in the same bed with me because of my constant twitching.
Anyway, I would like to hear from anyone who is dealing with restless leg or body twitching. My husband has done a lot of research on apnea and says that some of this could be from my oxygen level dropping. I know that my sciatic problem (which comes and goes) makes it worse. What worries me is that lately I've been twitching in more than just my legs, and sometimes feel twitchy during the day. Some of my joints are aching, particularly in my fingers, which has never happened before. Many mornings lately, my back feels incredibly stiff and aches most of the day.
Last night I drank some herbal tea which had chamomile and valerian plus a few other things and I got the best night's sleep that I've had in about a week. I'm thinking of researching herbs for restless leg. I don't want to go on a drug, because many of them are implicated in causing depression. My depression is OK right now and I don't want to set it off by taking Neurontin or anything else if I can help it. My orthopedist has wanted to give me Neurontin for my sciatic problem and I keep refusing. The last thing I need right now is my depression returning.
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