I am new here I am 27 and I was diagnosed with RLS about a year ago but have been suffering the symptoms of it for around 6 years, I am just not someone who likes going to the doctors so I left it for a while until I could not sleep at all.
My doctor has prescribed me amitriptyline and naproxen, I started on 10mg amitriptyline and 250mg naproxen and have gradually increased both and am now on 30mg amitriptyline and 500mg of naproxen. After reading the RLS website I noticed that amitriptyline is a drug that can augment the disease which I have experienced as my issues used to appear mostly in the evening and night. Now my pain is constant all day, the amitriptyline does help me sleep which is fantastic but the pain I feel in the day is almost unbearable at times.
My employer told me about a scheme they run where I give details of my condition and permission for them to speak with my doctor and they write up a report. In the report this doctor who I have never met says that I should see a neurologist with a specific field in sleep medicines. On speaking with my GP she has said that this is of no use to me and has ignored the augmentation of the RLS.
I no longer wish to be on the amitriptyline but my doctor wont take me off it. The naproxen does not really help with the pain that I feel at all. To add to all of this it seems like my left leg specifically has gotten weaker and I am finding that my left knee is buckling under me more and more frequently. Does anyone else have any experience of this knee issue? Is it related to RLS? and should I ask for a second opinion with a new doctor regarding treatment as I think that my GP is looking at me with tunnel vision and that the amitriptyline is a wonder drug.