Its my first time on this site and I already feel some comfort in identifying with medications and symptoms. My RLS is causing me great sleep deprivation at present. Having various difficulties with pain, I have been a user for a number of years with Co-Codamol. 30mg/500mg. But...being a recovering alcoholic, I'm aware of my addictive tendencies towards a multitude of things. For a long time, I've been taking Cocodamol of a night, which helped with sleep, but was aware that I may be taking it more for effect than to relieve pain. So, I wanted to come off them. However, the past two weeks have become a nightmare, with 3 or less hours a nights sleep, until I relented and took either one or two tablets.
There is a short window where I am not jumping all over the bed with RLS and if I get to sleep in that time, I'm ok. I've always blamed the fact that my body might be so used to codeine that the RLS was part of the withdrawals and that they would subside. This time, it doesnt seem to be the case.
However, I notice that from the list of drugs that can cause RLS, there is Citalopram. I've been on this for about a year (been on previously too) Although only a low dose 20mg, I'm wondering if this has brought mine on. There is my mum was also a great sufferer with it, so I'm also wondering if its also been inherited. I'm 54 years old male, and I'm looking for any suggestions tips of people who might have taken a similar path? Ideally, I want to come off the anti-depressants, and get to a point that a painkiller is used only when needed.
If nothing else, its been uplifting to write all this down and share it, as I've not had an outlet for it before.
Thnak you for any help or advice you might be able to provide.