I have been taking Pramipexole for over 30 years. (I am 72) I've gone and am going through the gambling and shopping associated with the drug. Currently, I am suffering from augmentation, which I was totally unaware of until my sleep doctor (who sleeps by the way) told me about it.
I have a serious back problem, which requires two five hour day surgeries in which they have to put rods and screws in my back. I opted to get a stimulator implanted . Anyway, I am going through nights without sleep and severe pain from walking so much. I walk, get on a stationary bike, scream and cry, walk again and scream and cry again. I seriously feel that I pass out for a couple of hours every 50 or so hours and back again to walking. . As I walk, I pray that I take my last step and seize to exist. My feet burn from walking and my entire body hurts, and my feet are dead numb. I do my screaming and crying in the garage so my husband won't hear me. Many nights he stays up with me and plays his guitar.
I didn't know about augmentation until this past week. That makes me feel better. I am on the highest dose of pramipexole 1.5 mg. Currently taking .5 in the a.m and .5 in the evening. Currently, I am taking .5 mg in the a.m. and .5 in the evening. I am sleeping four hours one night and zero hours for two nights. Like I said, I think I pass out because when I wake up I am in another room in the house with no recollection as to how I got there.
I have gained forty pounds from not sleeping. I tie ace bandages around my feet and arms, which helps somewhat. I am still sane, I think.