This is Dr. David
I am sorry you are having such bad restless leg syndrome.
I see you have tried gabapentin.
and Madopar which is levodopa and benserazide
you should talk to your doctor about other medications to try like requip (ropinirole)
I have used Sinemet (carbidopa/levodopa) successfully in my patients for restless leg syndrome.
you should also get your potassium and magnesium levels checked as well.
low magnesium blood levels can cause cause your nerves not to function correctly
I have tried (carbidopa/levodopa .Ihave been traveling to hospital for 2yrs and seem to be getting worse.
you need to see a neurologist
it is thought that restless leg syndrome is a similar condition to parkinsons' disease.
that is why many parkinsons medications are used to treat restless leg syndrome with good effect.
talk to your doctor about trying Requip or ropiniole
and there are other parkinsons medications you can try as well.
you might need to go up on your dose of medicaiton as well.
gabapentin typically is not used for restless leg syndrome.
I am seeing Dr Kirstie Anderson at the Freeman in Newcastle
that is good.
it looks like she is a neurologist, but specializes in sleep disorders.
you might want to ask her for a referral to see another neurologist who treats more patients who have parkinsons disease and restless leg syndrome.
what dose of the madopar are you using at this poing?
Would it be alright if I stopped taking gabapentin?
you should not stop taking it cold turkey.
you need to slowly taper off of it.
do you think it is not helping?
madopar cr 125mg 2 three times a day.well I think one of them is not working.
I would bet the neurontin is most likely not helping.
which is also called gabapentin.
stay with the madopar
gabapentin dosage is 1am 1lunch time 2bedtime
most likely 300mg a pill?
yes, that is the common dose for gabapentin.
I would talk to your doctor again.
most likely the gabapentin isn't doing that much for your restless leg syndrome.
you might need to go up on your madopar dose.
or try something else for your restless leg
and get your blood magnesium and potassium levels checked.
good luck to you
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will it get easier once medcation is correct?
yes, restless leg can get better with the right medications.
and at the right dose
you might want to try the sinemet again
if you haven't increased that dose up to 200mg/2000mg a day
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