RLS - found some relief!

Old Mar 6th, 2005, 01:53 PM
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I'm still sitting here jaw agape at the thought of ambien on top of valium...! I'm a rls sufferer also, worried about a 6-hour overseas flight - I don't know how anyone could do a 20-hour; I'd have to be fully sedated! I do intend to try out some dramamine before our journey and see if it is effective at knocking me out.
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Old Mar 6th, 2005, 04:37 PM
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tuckerdc, good luck! If the dramamine works for you, please post back. I think if I could just get to sleep, the legs wouldn't start, but I sit and obsess about falling asleep because I can't ever sleep on the plane,(I don't take anything, tried one tylenol pm last flight which was totally useless!) and then the sensation begins...When are you leaving? If my dr makes any recommendations before our trip (April 1) I'll let you know!
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Old Apr 14th, 2005, 04:43 PM
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We just flew to Paris. I used my scopalomine patch and was armed with 5mg tabs of Ambien. Took 1.5 pills and didn't think I slept. We had been warned about some turbulence early on. After the flight I asked my husband what ever happened with the turbulence: I slept through it. I wasn't tired the next day, and the legs stayed calm on both flights. I think it took the edge off enough for me to relax. Might even go for the full 10 mg next time!
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Old Apr 15th, 2005, 06:02 AM
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Alison - Are both the patch and the Ambien rx? My RLS just about always starts in the evening - one of the reasons we booked an AM Boston-to London flight this time. So though part of me would still like to be knocked out for the six hours... the other part realizes I'd probably just be setting myself up for a truly screwed-up clock if I do so!
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Old Apr 15th, 2005, 08:24 AM
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I thought this weas a thread about Robert Louis Stevenson
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Old Apr 15th, 2005, 08:47 AM
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caroline, that was funny! I really didn't have any idea what it was, but then was so glad that I read it.
My husband suffers from this and I hate to say that I thought it was just his reluctance to fly. He hates flying so much because of this, that we have flown one way and taken ships back at least 3 times.
I read the whole thing with much interest and hopefully on our way back from Italy in June he will be much more comfortable. AND we can fly a lot more!
Thanks again - all you wonderful Fodorites - you have enriched our lives a lot.
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Old Apr 15th, 2005, 09:01 AM
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tuckerdc, they are both prescriptions. I took an ambien on the flight home, and I think it gave me just enough rest to be able to stay awake for the 3 hour drive home from Boston. As is my normal habit after flying home from Europe, I was in bed by 8pm! (Jet lag kills me coming home, no problem going over except for the tiredness.)
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Hi this is Aine, I lost my old log in and had to re-register. Since posting this I have done a LOT of flying and have not suffered even once from RLS. The only thing that has worked is the valium and I even chanced taking half the dose and it worked just as well! I dont know if I mentioned before you can take a medication for RLS but you have to take it every single day. If I fly a few times a year I would perfer just to take the medicine at those times when I need it.
tucker I tried everything before and be careful with the Dramamine, some things actually set off RLS, like cold medicine etc. I am SO scared of it starting that I am sticking to what worked for it. The worst thing would be to take a chance on a long flight without asking your doctor for something, because if it starts, it wont go away until you land. eeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkk!
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Old May 11th, 2005, 11:47 AM
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Annie, thank you for starting this thread and toppping it. I didn't see it firm time around.

I have RLS, and lately started to feel so much better! I couldn't figure out why. Reading your OP - it happened about the time I started to take Ca and Magnesium for a different condition. So, yes, those little minerals help. And if you don't like pills - drink milk and eat assorted nuts.

A word of caution: dramamine made my condition worse. I had to stop taking it (was taking for sea/air sickness).
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