I just got home from my first visit to the neurologist, and I wanted to update all of you who might be curious as to what transpired since my last post (by the way, thank you to all who responded - I appreciate all of the advice!).
So, the neurologist did indeed diagnose me with RLS. He prescribed Gabapentin, which I guess is the next course of treatment after Ropinerole/Pramipexole (both of which, as I mentioned in my first post, produced unbearable side effects for me). I have to admit, I'm somewhat discouraged, as I've not heard many good things about Gabapentin, and I was hoping the doc would suggest some kind of opiate (since that's what I know for sure will work).
My issue is, as a student, both my time and my funds are extremely limited. Between those factors and the fact that I do not want to wait any longer to find some sort of real (sustainable) relief, I do not want this to be some long, dragged out trial-and-error process during which I have to spend $200 per office visit, however much $ on prescriptions, and miss class/work for additional appointments. Does anyone have any advice on how to avoid all of these costs (financial, etc.) or how to find relief more quickly? Or just any advice in general? How many times did you have to visit your neurologist until you found your solution?
Edit (@ 12:30am): I took the prescribed dose of the Gabapentin and I'm having side effects - I'm wide awake (whereas I was very tired before taking the meds) and am having diarrhea. Should I call the neuro tomorrow, give it a few days, or just try to see a different neuro? Sorry for all the questions, I'm just desperate at this point and would appreciate anyone's input...