I have never written a blogpost like this one. But then I’ve never been witness to a medical miracle like this one either.
A member of my immediate family who has suffered silently with a syndrome that has robbed her of consistent rest and the ability to travel without extreme discomfort for– ready for this? – nearly 65 years has found incredible relief, and we are rejoicing! The miracle? Her primary care physician prescribed a pain medication that interacted with another medication to produce near total cessation of her symptoms for the first time since they began during her first pregnancy in 1951.
The problem? Restless Leg Syndrome, which Mayo Clinic describes this way: “Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition in which your legs feel extremely uncomfortable, typically in the evenings while you’re sitting or lying down. It makes you feel like getting up and moving around. When you do so, the unpleasant feeling of restless legs syndrome temporarily goes away.
“Restless legs syndrome can begin at any age and generally worsens as you age. Restless legs syndrome can disrupt sleep — leading to daytime drowsiness — and make traveling difficult.”
Anyone who suffers from RLS will tell you that this is putting it mildly.
My loved one has taken 1 mg of Mirapex (generic Pramipexole) for a number of years with only limited relief. But five months ago, her doctor prescribed a pain medication called Tramadol, and to her astonishment 50 mg of Tramadol combined with the 1 mg of Pramipexole brought instant relief that seems to be permanent. At nearly 90, can you imagine her joy?
After knowing she has agonized my entire life only to finally find relief, I want to tell the world but only know how to do so through this blogpost in hopes that someone else who suffers from RLS will find it on the ‘net. (And in case this sounds too much like an advertisement: I work in book publishing, NOT for the drug companies!) Message me if you don’t know me personally and want to make sure this is legit, and then check with your physician.