I have written previously about withdrawal from Ropinirole which was horrendous. The doctor prescribed me Tramadol to help and I took 100mg a night for 4 weeks. Perhaps too long but I had a holiday booked and didn't want to spoil it with sleepless nights and restless legs.
I have now tapered off the Tramadol, as although it was helping my restless legs it didn't help my insomnia. I have been clear 3 nights now and couldn't believe how severe the withdrawal was to say I had only been on it 4 weeks - sweats, headaches, anxiety, panic attacks. These have reduced somewhat now but I am left with absolutely dreadful insomnia. Last night I didn't sleep at all, the night before I only got 2 hours. I'm already dreading tonight. How long is this likely to last?
I'm waiting for an appointment with the neurologist in Sheffield (currently 5 months so hopefully very soon) and want to be drug clear when I see them. I can already rule out any dopamine drugs (augmentation) and Tramadol (insomnia).
In the meantime can anybody recommend any over the counter sleep remedies that won't aggravate my restless legs? I don't expect much but I would like to think I can get a few hours sleep. Or how long this absolute insomnia caused by the Tramadol withdrawal will last? I know I will still suffer from RLS but at least with that I can usually get 3-4 broken hours sleep.