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No sleep apnea, no snoring, no obstructed airway, no slowing of heart. But I have had lots of stress: 18mo ago I had my third bout with breast cancer in the past 35 years. no spread as with the other two. I have had two mastectomies, one lumpectomy and radiation before the second mastectomy. Was a big scare. I am a very busy professional musician and I tutor algebra too. Ihaul around lots of percussion equipment, I play drums and piano. And I have an adult autistic child with a three-year-old who may be autistic too. Husband passed away two years ago.
I swim 40 laps every three days. Lifting weights is taken care of when I spend one to two hours loading my van with keyboards, amps, and drum equipment: tympani, bass drum, snare drum and very heavy hardware.
I stopped swimming about six months ago when my energy and my sleep became a problem. I'm just too tired to go to the pool. But I continue to perform because I already committed to the gigs. But playing three-hour opera performances is very hard because of my lack of energy. I thought the Requip may be the problem because sundown is when restless leg problems arise.
But, you are not a neurologist, so how an you really see if the Repuip therapy is the problem? I was hoping to find a specialist in that for my question.
The system told me that my question is opening to the whole staff. Does that mean you have a neurologist who could review what I have said and attempt to advise me? That would be wonderful. It would be nice to be able to bring an alternate explanation/opinion to my neurologist at our next appointment. None of my other doctors have a clue. Could you email me, because I need to go to sleep now. Maybe I can actually fall asleep tonight.
email: kberkman @Hotmail.com
You suggested an MRI. My ENT sent me last week for an MRI of the Vestibulocochlear complexes. It was normal. So my episodes of vertigo and mild dizziness are still mysteries. It must have something to do with the 13 years of requip. But I can't stop the drug and go back to the nightly hell I suffered for the first 65 years. I have to do something to stop the very few episodes of vertigo though. It could happen while I'm driving! Did I mention I'm 76 years old, normal weight, not diabetic?
Sinemet doesn't work very well on me. Mirapex side effects are unacceptable - my hair falls out. Mri was with and without contrast and probably not the whole brain - report says, vestibulocochlear complexes.
IF I treat the vertigo side effect I would have to find a drug that works. Mechlizine has no effect. Compazine is OK for the nausea and an antihistamine is the only thing my doctor can come up with to fight the dizziness unless you can think of something else to keep my inner ear better organized. some type of exercise or maneuver of the head.
I will accept dizzy and tired as a trade off for the terrible pain of the RLS but the vertigo has to be dealt with. I had two episodes the last three months, one lasting two days, the other 30 seconds.