I really haven't known how to write to the forum since seeing my GP last Friday and writing RL medication disappointment. I read all the responses and took on board every comment. However, I couldn't go on like I was- I had work that I had to go back to and there was no way I could drive to work let alone do the work, in the zombie state I was in. I also was so tired I was in tears a lot and therefore worried that my depression would kick in and I would spiral down into a different hell.
I decided to take my doctors advice and start the Edronax (reboxetine) as well as going back onto a 0.25 mg dose of pramipexole which was still half the dose that I was on. I expected to perhaps reduce the sleeplessness a little (i.e. the RLs) but really, still be much the same as I was. I didn't expect much from the Edronax.
In fact, since I took the 0.25 mg of pramipexole and the Edronax I haven't suffered even 1 bout of RLs. Now, I am baffled. It has been nearly a week and I have slept without waking with legs. The first two nights I had 10 and 11 hours sleep! Since then, although my sleep hasn't been as long, even if I'm awake, I can still stay in bed and relax. Even if my pain from arthritis is bad, and would have triggered RLs in the past, I have had no RLs. I went to the podiatrist this morning and usually, when the sanding 'machine' is on and vibrating like anything, I get twinges of legs, this morning there was nothing.
I don't know what to think and certainly can't explain what I've experienced. Any ideas? I will continue to decrease the pramipexole over time, though do it gradually and slowly- my GP thinks it a good idea regardless of how my legs are now. I would be happy to hear from anyone who has some ideas about this.