just joined and would like to say hi to all.been suffering from rls for 6 years(im 30)yes its started at a very young age but i put this down to using using ssri(selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)type of antidepressants.some might not agree but the simtoms of the rls(restless legs,twitchyness at night a urge to move my legs and obviously sleeples nights) started when i was put on the ssri,s.at the time i thought the rls simptoms were just the side affects of the ssri,s because when ever i forgot to take them i would get a very good nights sleep that night.yes ssri,s did help with my depression but it allso brought on something alot worse.my gp doesnt agree not surprisingly.i think gps go by the book.if the medication doesnt indicate no long term side affect then there is no long term side affect...i dont agree with this at all(forgot to mention i used the antidepressants for well over 4 years non stop) after coming off the ssri,s the symptoms that i thought were side affects of the ssris stayed with me.so this is why im looking for alternative medicine like herbs and supplements and so on.i have used many herbs and supplement just to name a few iron,calcium,magnesuim,ginkgo biloba,velerian root,hops,many different tinctures mixed for my needs.this is just small number of the things i used but no luck.magnesium supplements did help a little so i use them every day now.im still searching and reading and experimenting with different herbs supplements.last week had a apointment at the national hospital for neurology and neurosurgery( finally after 17 months of been refused referal or been refered to the wrong specialist by my gp).i took along my sleep study report which i had got privately done at a cost of just over a grand in istanbul/turkey as my gp refused that as well (i was there on holiday and thought it would be cheaper yea right!!.the specialist doctor confirmed i had rls and not surpisingly offered some more yummy medication that would probably bring on another illness or diseas. i refused the medication for now.im sorry to be so bitter on doctors who are only trying to help me but ive not had a good experience with them.ive not been treated well.so thats my story.the search goes on.any help or tips about natural supplement or herbs or any suggestions will be much appreciated friends. keep smiling :))
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