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Tips for sleeping?

Jan 06, 2018 10:21 PM

Hi everyone!

I get seemingly unexplained sciatic nerve and hip pain 24/7 and while it mostly only causes ongoing discomfort and is manageable dueing the day at night time it's miserable. I struggle to get to sleep because my leg feels like it wants to kick out and turns into a sparkler.

I have tried lyrica and endep and while they reduced the buzzing on my leg a little bit they didn't do enough. They also made me so groggy and confused I couldn't work properly and had memory issues during the day which is really bad in my line of work!

Changing the dose sadly did little to amend this. I occasionally get dry needling which helps a little but I only get temporary relief and its a tad $$$.

Has anyone had success with anything to help them sleep through nerve pain or pain in general? I feel stuck.

Jan 07, 2018 9:31 AM

My doctor -Sleep doctor prescribed Trimipramine Maleate 50 mg. It helps you sleep 9 hours.
It's an older drug and my pharmacist had to order it.

Jan 07, 2018 11:43 AM

They often use elavil 75 mg at night. It helps with nerve pain. Elavil is a very old psych drug.

Jan 07, 2018 12:22 PM

Sazvivin have you tried Elavil (Amitriptyline), Neurontin (Gabapentin) or Lyrica (Pregabalin)? All of these medications are used to treat Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

Your description sounds like RLS which causes sensations in the legs such as aching, itching, crawling, pins and needles, or numbness. These unbearable sensations cause an intense urge to move the legs and can cause leg jerking. Constant movement typically improves symptoms. RLS can be caused by deficiencies in Iron, Folate and Magnesium, or as a symptom of fibromyalgia.

Jan 07, 2018 2:41 PM

Hey thank you guys!

I will talk to my gp straight away about these options! Everything helps! I have tried Pregablin and Amitriptyline (it's pharmacy name here in Australia is endep- I hate how they do that with drugs) which sadly have too powerful side effects.

As for RLS my physio n doc say it's not consistent upon examination and is definitely something irritating the nerve- there are symptoms of muscle fatigue and reacting to certain stimuli-
although what exactly is yet to be discovered despite multiple MRIs. 😣

My bloods also have indicated no deficiencies. This is all unfortunate as any more specific diagnosis would be of course great for treatment and help in giving me direction and hope of future relief (its been 4 years ugh).

No one has looked at fibromyalgia yet as the symptoms ( as of yet) are too specific. I might bring it up with my gp to make sure I'm not overlooking anything at all.

Jan 12, 2018 11:24 AM

Amitriptyline really works for me.

Jan 14, 2018 9:29 PM

I have pain on my leg so much

Feb 06, 2018 3:07 AM

By the way it's 10 milligrams for the amitriptyline. I can take one pill or up to 3 if the pain won't let you sleep. Keep in mind that me, you Doctor will help you with that.

Feb 06, 2018 9:05 PM

Medicinal cannabis oil helps me sleep through the night with out pain.

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