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Old 04-19-2017, 07:06 PM
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I went to the doctor on Fri. and because my cholesteral was consistently high she put me on meds. She also put me on Zantac and CoQu10 for the cramps associated with the meds. But its not helping. Last night and tonight I can not fall asleep because of my legs. Any advice?


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Old 04-19-2017, 07:22 PM
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I keep a twin size electric blanket on my side of the bed. On nights I have leg cramps, I wrap my legs in the blanket.
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:25 PM
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This is going to sound crazy, but I read that if you put a bar of soap under the covers at the foot of your bed it helps with restless legs. I don't know because I didn't try it. Cheap if it works!
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:29 PM
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I have to stretch every night before bed. I find that it helps. It doesn't eliminate it, but I'm not waking up as often at night. It's a sensation that can drive anyone crazy.
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:45 PM
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I've had RLS for the last year. Horrible. I wear compression socks, knee-highs, at night and they do the trick right now for me.


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Old 04-19-2017, 07:48 PM
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There is an herbal pill you can take called Hyland's leg cramps. It supposed to relax the legs so that they are not restless or cramp up as much. I take it and it helps me. I don't know if it is strong enough to counteract symptoms from prescription mess though.
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:07 PM
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Do you take magnesium? If not try taking 1000 mg. per day. It really does help. Also, if this is your first time on cholesterol meds make sure you are on the lowest dose. Many doctors start people on higher doses when a very small dose will do that trick. High cholesterol runs in my family. My numbers were almost 300 the first time they checked it. 3 months later after losing 14 pounds and working out daily it was even higher. They put on 10 mg. of Lipitor and told me to cut it in half. Six weeks later it was 187! I had no side effects, but then different meds do cause different side effects.

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Old 04-20-2017, 01:00 AM
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It really helps. I have restless legs badly every night without it but when I take it it's very rare, usually only if I'm overtired.
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You might need a different medication
Old 04-20-2017, 01:19 AM
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I have a friend who can only take a certain cholesterol medication because of leg cramps from Lipitor. Is Crestor of them? Anyway, I'd ask if there's a different one. No reason to suffer!
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:29 AM
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I dont know the name of it because I have the generic one, but the doctor said taking the CoQu10 was to alleviate the cramping. I will try the magnesium, too.


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Old 04-20-2017, 05:56 AM
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Oddly enough, the unwrapped bar of soap under the sheets really does help with my restless legs and leg cramps. It doesn't take them away completely, but it lessens them considerably. Restless legs never keep me awake at night like they used to and I rarely wake up with leg cramps. I did have a minor one last night, but I got up, used the bathroom, and took some tylenol and by the time I got back into bed I no longer had any leg cramps.
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After suffering for years with RLS,
Old 04-20-2017, 06:22 AM
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Gabapentin has been a lifesaver for me.
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:01 AM
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I don't understand this conversation. It sounds like we're talking about 2 different things.

I've had leg cramps, but that's not Restless Leg Syndrome, is it? My RLS is surely a nerve thing--I am forced to move the leg, and sometimes it jumps by itself.
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Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes a strong urge to move one's legs. There is often an unpleasant feeling in the legs that improves somewhat with moving them.
I know what leg cramps are, and they're awful, but I think they're very different from RLS--and maybe treatment is different?
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Old 04-20-2017, 06:11 PM
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For restless leg which I'm pretty sure I have ( runs in my fam and I have the symptoms but never been diagnosed by a doc) I have found that sleeping with a blanket on helps. Kind of like a weighted blanket for kids who need sensory help. I have a "sweatshirt blanket) which is a thicker material and really helps with this. Not sure if that's a real medical solution or if it will work in your case but it's helped me!!! I even bring my blanket when I travel.
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Wow...several things to comment on here
Old 04-20-2017, 09:45 PM
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I hope FLteachESE you will consider asking your Dr for a different med. It concerns me that you must take an additional med to counteract the side effects of the first med.

I would think if a med is giving you unacceptable side effects the course of action would be to find a med that is more suited to you, not prescribe another med to mask those side effects. It could be that the Dr thinks the original med is great, but there are so many cholesterol meds out there that you shouldn't have to do that.

In reply to Amiga13 re: leg cramps vs RLS, you are totally correct. I truly suffer with RLS. It kind of makes me a little nutsy when I see leg cramps described as RLS. They are not the same.

There are many, many home remedies mentioned in various places online to help with RLS. The soap under the mattress is one. Taking an iron supplement is another, magnesium is still another. A lot of those do work for some people.

I have learned over the years that RLS sufferers can find relief through a large variety of means. Additionally, the symptoms of RLS can be greatly different for people.

I started having sporadic RLS symptoms as a child. I see a sleep specialist and was prescribed Mirapex, a med for Parkinsons as well as other concerns. I am now at the point if I do not take the Mirapex or am late in taking it, RLS hits me with a vengeance. Not If, not maybe, but for darn sure. Even if I do take the med late, I will go through hours of symptoms before I get any relief. It's my understanding the RLS is considered more neurological than anything
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My RLS is surely a nerve thing...
To make RLS even weirder, one can have those symptoms in your arms. I know that it's true because it has happened to me.

I do think, Amiga13, we may be talking about two different things in this thread. I had been prescribed a cholesterol med with a known side effect of leg cramps and unfortunately, I had that side effect. I was changed to another med and have no leg cramps with it.

I sincerely hope I am not coming off as a pompous know-it-all about this. RLS became a fairly big problem for me as time went on, I've gone through a hassle to find relief, and I've learned a lot.

Winn-Dixie put it well
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It's a sensation that can drive anyone crazy.
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:05 AM
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Hideeho, thanks for your long and thoughtful response. I appreciate you.
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Old 04-21-2017, 01:01 PM
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I dont think it is the cholesteral meds that is causing the pain. I only take that in the morning. The pain is in the evening after I take the Zantac. I am not going to take it tonite and see what happens. If I get pain then Ill know it isnt the meds. If I dont get pain then its the meds and Ill talk about switching. I had to take a muscle relaxer last night just to fall asleep.
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Good luck!
Old 04-21-2017, 03:49 PM
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I hope you get a good night's sleep tonight! After a long week of teaching, I'm sure you do, too!
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:27 PM
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thanks hideeho. we will see!
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