I had a subarachnoid haemorrhage in early May that was not straightforward. Whilst I've had RLS for years and years, since the bleed it has been horrendous. None of the medics involved in my care are aware of there being a connection so I wondered if anybody knew anything about it. I've got insomnia too! When the RLS is really bad NO sleeping concoction works. For about 3 weeks I've been taking Amitryptyline (which had been prescribed for the insomnia) as it didn't help me to sleep but it did suppress the RLS. I could then take a sleeping tablet to get some long-overdue sleep - I'd had nearly a month with no more than a couple of hours sleep, usually about 6am - 9am. On top of just how miserable I have been feeling due to the after-effects of the bleed, life has seemed pretty pointless. I only found this website yesterday and reading about the effects of a bleed in the frontal lobe area of the brain felt as if someone had been closely monitoring my daily life. So much of what was there turns out to be after-effects and not me being a total pain or just lazy. Sorry to go on (another manifestation of the effects!). If anybody knows anything about RLS in relation to brain injury I'd be really grateful to hear about it. The exhaustion it creates makes recovery seem impossible at times.
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