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[b]These steps may help reduce the extra activity in your legs:
Try baths and massages. Soaking in a warm bath and massaging your legs can relax your muscles.
Apply warm or cool packs. You may find that the use of heat or cold, or alternating use of the two, lessens the sensations in your limbs.
Try relaxation techniques, such as meditation or yoga. Stress can aggravate.
Avoid caffeine. Sometimes cutting back on caffeine may help restless legs. It's worth trying to avoid caffeine-containing products, including chocolate and caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea and soft drinks, for a few weeks to see if this helps.
Cut back on alcohol and tobacco. These substances also may aggravate or trigger symptoms. Test to see whether avoiding them helps.
Stay mentally alert in the evening. Boredom may worsen the problem.
Leg massages may work to calm restless legs..
for me this is the worst part of detox because i could not sleep making the detox worst. b]:D:D
About the best solution I have for achey legs is this... I take either aspirin or motrin, they both work very well for the aches but sometimes it takes up to the second dosing four hours later before it becomes really effective, then I soak in a hot bath until I'm sweating. Then I go to bed and prop my legs up on 2 or 3 pillows. You can literally feel the relief spead starting from your feet right on up your legs. If you can manage to sleep like that all nite, it's very likely you will wake up with much less aches and pains in your legs the following day.
Now, restless legs are a whole other story. Catepres aka Clonodine ( the blood pressure pill) is the only thing that has ever helped relieve my restless leg problem. To me, it is a miracle med for opiate detox. And because it will lower the blood pressure, it helps make you drowsy. I recommend to only do this under a drs. care. If the blood pressure gets too low it can be dangerous. Since I have moderate to low BP I was told to eat something salty such as a pickle or potato chips before I got up to walk around.
There is something else that helps restless leg syndrome, Eckerds or Walgreens sells leg massagers, they go from your foot to your knee and they are like a boot, and you turn them on and you can waer them all night,. They massage your legs for you.THey are about 20.00 bucks.They are usually with the "AS SEEN ON TV PRODUCTS"
Im in my 8th since stopping Suboxone at 4mgs a day. I have slept maybe 8 hours total the whole week.and Im taking 400mg seroquel for sleep and clonidine ..1 mg 3x a day. Its scary.....enough to break even the strongest of people. I never thought this would last this long with the no sleeping.
Now the reason I cant sleep I guess is the restless legs. Do alot of people get that feeling in their wrist hand area? I get a strange tickling sensation in my ankle foot area and in my wrists. The only way I can get it to stop is getting up and moving around. Is this what restless legs are? Also now I dont notice it until I lay down for bed. Is that normal as well? I know at the beginning I felt that feeling all day now its just at bed. I wonder if that means Im getting better.
I can see why relapse is such an issue....when your lying in bed on your 7th day of not sleeping.....and thinking how a couple of pills will wash it all away. Ive made it 8 days and the pain of this withdrawal is enough to keep from ever wanting to use opiates again.
Hey medmal thanks! I was only on it for about 3 weeks. I was at 8 mgs and then the last 4 days i took 4mgs....then I jumped. Basically after I read this board I got very scared and wanted off asap. I was suprised at how bad the withdrawals were after only being on it for 3 weeks. I was seeing a sub doctor and did this against his advice. He wanted to keep me on for quite a while. Heck with that.
Before the Sub I had a 6 month 300mg a day hydro habit and before that it was 100 m fentynal patches for a few months.
If you want rid of evertything opiate related I would suggest that you taper now. Its rough but you can definatley do it. If you have a good doctor unlike mine you can set up a taper plan with him.
Stay strong and know you can do it!!Im doing this while working and watching my 2 kids ages 3 and 6. So I have alot of distractions which could be good or bad depending how you look at it.
Thanks so much for the info. I am on 10 mg of suboxone but only took 6 mg today. I thought my doctor's appointment was today but it is next wednesday. Talk about brain freeze! Anyway, I know he was planning to take me down to 8 mg but like you, after reading this board I decided to take myself down to 6 mg ASAP! Thanks again for the reply. BTW, the doctor sent me home on 100 mg of seroquel but I had to stop taking it because I gained 20 pounds in 2 weeks. Did you also gain weight?
No I didnt gain any weight yet but Im also dieting right now so that could be why. I have been taking 400 miligrams of the seroquel and it still will not knock me out. I pray for the first night of 5 hours or more of sleep. I will NEVER take my sleep for granted again.
Wow, the 100 mg knocks me out COLD! I only stopped it because of the weight gain. I know what you mean about not being able to sleep. I never had trouble sleeping until I tired to detox myself off methadone. For 2 nights I just tossed and turned. I finally went back to the methadone clinic because I just could not take it anymore. Thank God those days are over. It was terrible. Now, I take 8 mg of Melatonin, as per my doctor's directions, and sleep very well. Of course, that is in addition to my suboxone. How long have you been taking the seroquel?
If anyone has the time can you please answer the question I asked about the restless legs. Im really concerned if what I have is restless legs.....because Im in day 11 off of suboxone and I still cant sleep at all due to that sensation in my legs and arms.
It thats what it is .....is there anything else that helps besides clonidine...it just doesnt seem to help me at all
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