I have primary RLS and have been suffering from sciatica since February. I've now had an MRI scan and found out I have stenosis of the spine plus crushed discs as well as a protruding one. Lucky me! So I'm now on the waiting list for spinal surgery. I'm lucky in that I don't often suffer from my RLS. It was much worse when I was younger but now it only seems to bother me for a couple of days a month, if that. However, that was until last week when I suffered 4 nights running to such an extent that I hardly got any sleep, what with the pain from the sciatica as well. It was horrendous. At the same time I had been trying not to take the painkiller tramadol and I'm wondering if there's any link between trying to come off it and the increase in my RLS. Since I started taking the tablets again yesterday I seem to be OK (touch wood). Does anyone know if there could be a link, or is it just coincidence? It's just so unusual for me to have RLS that bad these days. I'm only taking tramadol twice a day - two capsules in the morning and two at night - so it's not as if I'm on the full dose. My RLS was so bad I couldn't even sit in comfort in the evening, let alone lie in bed. Does anyone else have RLS and sciatica? If so, how do you cope? Thanks for any help you can give.
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