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#21 Drummergirl

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 07:48 PM

I have gone without the clonazepam many nights and the only difference I have found is sometimes getting to sleep, which could be hormonal as well.

I'm not convinced I have RLS. Neuro thinks perhaps, since my symptoms are more prominent in my legs.. Going to try a natural supplement such as you recommended for the menopausal symptoms and see if sleep improves.

I will have the discussion with my Neuro regarding the clonazepam.

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Dx in 95' at 35- Normal MRI, Abnormal Da t Scan- Resting tremor- right foot, leg tremors. RX- 25/100 Carb/ l =600 mg,
0.5 Azilect 1 daily Comtan 200mg 2 day, 0.5 mg Clonazepam 1 daily.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 05:12 PM

Also, iron deficiency can cause RLS, I can't remember if your doctor ruled that out or not, but if so, please be certain it included a test for ferritin, as it can be a better indicator.
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 06:48 PM

Kathrynne,
These are the tests I have had, I did not find anything regarding iron, ferritin in these tests when I looked at the results of each.
Is it unusual to test for iron?
Seems like they did all but iron. Guess I should request it.
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05/02/2013 CBC
05/02/2013 TISSUE TRANSGLUTAMINASE IgA
05/02/2013 IGA
05/02/2013 VITAMIN B12
05/02/2013 Folate
05/02/2013 DIFFERENTIAL, AUTOMATED

01/15/2013 COMPREHENSIVE METABOLIC PANEL
01/15/2013 TSH


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0.5 Azilect 1 daily Comtan 200mg 2 day, 0.5 mg Clonazepam 1 daily.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 07:17 PM

Karen, the CBC (complete blood count) included a red blood cell count, hemoglobin, hematocrit, mean corpuscular volume, and other indicators of the number, size, and production of red blood cells. It helps to determine whether the body is producing enough RBCs, and whether certain types of anemia are present. As your doctor has also tested you for B12 and folate deficiency, it appears that s/he is satisfied that no anemias are present, which is very good.

However, some physicians will also order a test for ferritin, as it offers a measure of 'iron storage capacity' which helps to complete the picture of your iron levels. In some cases, it can indicate the possibility of RLS.

You are taking clonazepam for RLS, and have lost weight, which is is one possible side effect of clonazepam. So, it would be ideal to determine whether ferritin levels are normal. If so, then clonazepam may be your best choice. But if not, then rebuilding iron stores might be a solution for the RLS, while discontinuing the clonazepam might also help you to regain some weight. I think it would be worth discussing with your physician on your next visit.
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Posted 31 July 2013 - 07:26 PM

Hi Kathrynne,
I will have the discussion with my Docs regarding the Ferritin.

Thanks again!
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0.5 Azilect 1 daily Comtan 200mg 2 day, 0.5 mg Clonazepam 1 daily.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:34 PM

Good -- I hope it will be fine, but it's definitely worth ruling out deficiency, because that is usually easy to correct.
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