Advice needed?

Hi, I'm new here,

Not been diagnosed with restless leg syndrome but I'm pretty sure I have it.

I've always shook or bounced my legs for as long as I can remember. As much as I try to stop myself doing it, it always starts again. Sometimes its only gentle, small bouncing, other times its fast and big (not sure the best way to describe it). I was put on antidepressants about 3 weeks ago and its been worse since being on them. It gets to the point where my legs are cramping and hurting because I'm doing it too much.

Anyone got any advice or something to make me feel like I'm not alone in this?!



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  • Hi,most antidepressants make RLS worse, which one are you on? If you look at the post below yours ,in the comments Elisse has put a link to the diagnostic criteria so take a look at that and see if it sounds like you x

  • Thank you, I will take a look,

    And I'm on Paroxetine. Ive always had the restless legs, but I've noticed it more since starting on my antidepressants.

    I've got to go back to the doctors next week anyway, so I will be mentioning it to them. Im finding hard to get to sleep because I can't stop shaking my legs. Try to do it as gently as possible because it disturbs my partner otherwise


  • Oh yes Paroxetine can make RLS worse.I was on it and i have changed to Mirtazapine and noticed an improvement.It sounds like it is time to maybe consider meds for your RLS now..If you scroll down thete is a post about depression and i have gone into more detail there about "safe'antidepressants x

  • Thank you, I will take a look at it later when my son is in bed. I want to try and see a different doctor when o go back because I literally had to beg the doctor for the antidepressants.

    I may print off some information to take with me just in case.

    Thank you so much for the advice xx

  • Paroxetine is known to make RLS worse. You may have PLMD (Periodic Limb Movement Disorder) , RLS or even both. Book definitions say RLS is an irresistable urge to move limbs usually linked to uncomfortable limb sensations. You must be awake and conscious to be bothered by RLS. With PLMD muscle jerks occur mostly when asleep, occasionally when awake. GP's often mix them up so it is worth doing some research to find out which you have. Good luck!

  • Thank you John. I don't think it's they do anything whilst I'm sleeping. My other half hasn't !mentioned anything, and I'm sleeping a fair bit during the time because its the only time my legs stop hurting unless they're moving. I've been looking it up for the last few years, I know its been hapenning for at least 7 years. Definitely going to print some information off for my doctor :)

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    Kaarina (volunteer)

  • As I said it's not a sales pitch. I genuinely love helping people to better health. There is nothing out there that's going to be free for RLS and there is a 60 day money back guarantee. I didn't post my shop link. I left it for people to decide for themselves. If people don't want it they don't have to ask for the link. Freedom of information - not advertising

  • I've done my part. I've given you valuable information (as I see it) I'm not offended by your reaction. I wish you well.

  • Sounds like a sales pitch to me. And not allowed on this forum.

  • ....and you don't have to go for it if that's what you think.

  • Thankyou Kaarina x

  • Thank you Kaarina. :)

  • Hi, I find magnesium oil eases my restless legs.

  • I'm at the doctors today about my antidepressants so going to mention my legs and hopefully we can figure something out x

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