Apr. 12th, 2005

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I appear to be attempting to collect as many minor neurologic things as possible. I knew I had restless leg syndrome. I did _not_ know it was neurologic (although it makes sense, if I'd ever thought about it), nor that it was probably the reason for my sleep troubles, nor than there was something that could be done.

Now, I get to try a drug which increases my dopamine levels, taking it an hour before sleep. I will be _so_ happy if sleep stops being difficult for me! And it'd be nice if this also happens to make the times when my legs get crampy and make me limp stop happening (although I forgot to ask the doc if it was related or not).

(incidentally, I'm beginning to run out of major neurotransmitters to have fucked up. Seratonin and melatonin get hit in the winter, and apparently RLS is dopamine related. Yes, _thank you_, fucked up brain chemicals! Now stop it. ;)

edit: Huh. Ok, apparently melatonin isn't a neurotransmitter, and is just a hormone whose precursor is seratonin. Keep things straight very well, I don't.
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I appear to be attempting to collect as many minor neurologic things as possible. I knew I had restless leg syndrome. I did _not_ know it was neurologic (although it makes sense, if I'd ever thought about it), nor that it was probably the reason for my sleep troubles, nor than there was something that could be done.

Now, I get to try a drug which increases my dopamine levels, taking it an hour before sleep. I will be _so_ happy if sleep stops being difficult for me! And it'd be nice if this also happens to make the times when my legs get crampy and make me limp stop happening (although I forgot to ask the doc if it was related or not).

(incidentally, I'm beginning to run out of major neurotransmitters to have fucked up. Seratonin and melatonin get hit in the winter, and apparently RLS is dopamine related. Yes, _thank you_, fucked up brain chemicals! Now stop it. ;)

edit: Huh. Ok, apparently melatonin isn't a neurotransmitter, and is just a hormone whose precursor is seratonin. Keep things straight very well, I don't.
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1) RLS is apparently progressive, and will continue to worsten.

2) Certain medicaitions - like antidepressants, and some cold and allergy meds (so probably similar sinus meds) - make it worse. I wonder if this means SAM-e - while making my mood better in winter - is making the already more difficult winter sleep stuff worse? Bah. Shall try to be aware of that possibility.

3) I have even _more_ reason to avoid caffeine, because that also tends to make it worse. Including chocolate, which might be interesting from the perspective of me using it as an upper in the winter.

4) Fatigue and drowsiness... tends to make it worse. Which certainly explains how I can get into cycles where I _JUST CAN'T SLEEP_, if I'm not careful. Usually in the winter, when sleep just hates me more anyway.

I really need to force myself into a more regular sleep schedule.

I am _not_ happy that it's going to (slowly, thankfully) get worse, because this is the vast majority of the reason I can't easily handle plane rides (or long car rides, but at least there I can stop the car and get _out_).

Bah.
wispfox: (Default)
1) RLS is apparently progressive, and will continue to worsten.

2) Certain medicaitions - like antidepressants, and some cold and allergy meds (so probably similar sinus meds) - make it worse. I wonder if this means SAM-e - while making my mood better in winter - is making the already more difficult winter sleep stuff worse? Bah. Shall try to be aware of that possibility.

3) I have even _more_ reason to avoid caffeine, because that also tends to make it worse. Including chocolate, which might be interesting from the perspective of me using it as an upper in the winter.

4) Fatigue and drowsiness... tends to make it worse. Which certainly explains how I can get into cycles where I _JUST CAN'T SLEEP_, if I'm not careful. Usually in the winter, when sleep just hates me more anyway.

I really need to force myself into a more regular sleep schedule.

I am _not_ happy that it's going to (slowly, thankfully) get worse, because this is the vast majority of the reason I can't easily handle plane rides (or long car rides, but at least there I can stop the car and get _out_).

Bah.
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I just noticed that one of the things the sleep study doc gave me to read is a medical journal article (I noticed, I note, about halfway through it).

I have to wonder if she gives this to all her patients, or if I gave the (accurate) impression that I know a rather lot about random medical stuff.

I love doctors who give me detailed information without me having to pester them. :)
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I just noticed that one of the things the sleep study doc gave me to read is a medical journal article (I noticed, I note, about halfway through it).

I have to wonder if she gives this to all her patients, or if I gave the (accurate) impression that I know a rather lot about random medical stuff.

I love doctors who give me detailed information without me having to pester them. :)

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