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Does anyone have any experience of antibiotics exacerbating RLS? I have been prescribed Flucloxacillin and immediately my RLS has become much worse.

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Hi, I am particularly interested in your post. I suffer with bronchiectasis and have nebulized the antibiotic colomycin for over a year. When my old consultant retired I was lost in the system and just kept on nebulizing the antibiotic. A few months ago I started getting pins and needles in my legs, hands and feet. My new consultant took me off the colomycin right away as there was a possibility it was causing the neurological sensations.I have to wait three months to see how things transpire. It is now one month short of this time and the neuropathy hasn't improved at all. Of course, it could be because of another health problem so It is a case of wait and see at the moment. I would be interested in your comments about your personal experience with your antibiotic and what your doctor/specialist has to say about it. All for now. Chrys.

Hello Chrys, I'm sorry to learn about your experience. As far as I am aware it is dangerous to take any antibiotic for that length of time. I my twenties, I was frequently prescribed antibiotics as I had chronic bronchitis from working with young children. I am sure that my gut biome has been permanently damaged. I have decided not to take the antibiotics as they should not be used in combination with other tablets I'm prescribed. I hope you are able to find a solution to your condition.

Thanks again for your reply. Interestingly, as a former nursery teacher of young children I used to pick up all sorts of infections from the children. With hindsight it obviously didn't help and possibly contributed to me getting bronchiectasis. Who knows?

I'm always being asked if I smoke - no, it was the children. In those says if a child felt unwell, they would come for a cuddle - not like now.

Yes, Sad, but true, I used to take a child on my lap to be comforted too.

It could be affecting youre Gut biome. I know for me, gut health has been a big key in the severtiy of mt RLS symptoms.

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Arkangel in reply to RLSgirl

Thank you, RLSgirl. I've just discovered that I shouldn't take them with paracetamol and I can't survive without paracetamol for general pain - so I am not going to take them. I am prescribed the paracetamol.

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Alex2308 in reply to RLSgirl

I was prescribed a powerful probiotic with 14 different strains of bacteria. Along with heavy anti helicobacter antibiotics. Them bacteria definitely work but I still feel worsening of RLS simptoms. Without them I guess it might be much worse.

Yes, I am having the same now

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Arkangel in reply to Alex2308

Have you spoken to your doctor?

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Alex2308 in reply to Arkangel

I mentioned my RLS when my gastroenterologist prescribed antibiotics against helicobacter pilori. From her reaction I figured she didn't know anything about RLS. I guess she did all she could though by prescribing probiotics along with it.

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Arkangel in reply to Alex2308

At least she took you seriously. Did it help with the heliobacter pilori? I have that too.

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Alex2308 in reply to Arkangel

Yes, but antibiotics were just a part of the treatment. You also gonna need esomeprazole 40mg*2 times a day, fluconazole (150 mg on 3rd and 10th day), Bismuthate tripotassium dicitrate 240mg*2 times a day. Better go to a real doctor for the treatment.

I have taken plenty of antibiotics from having a tooth infections, but never had worse RLS from taking them.

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Arkangel in reply to Elisse2

Thanks Elisse

My 7 day course of antibiotics made mine even worse than it usually is

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