Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Oh the little joys (annoyances) of MS
Once again my sleep is interrupted and I am awake at an ungodly hour. Yesterday I was awake from 2:30 - 4:45. Today I was awakened at three a.m. and I found I had peed the bed a little. Yippee! Isn't that what every 38-year old woman does?
I know my multiple sclerosis is fairly benign compared to other people's MS. However, it's been ramping up silently and slowly lately and it's starting to really annoy me. For example, the sleep thing is getting ridiculous. I take enough meds at night to knock out a horse. Two of those meds are Requip and Baclofen which should take the edge off my muscle twitches but not so much lately.
Most nights, or should I say mornings, I'm aroused (NOT in that way) because my legs are a-popping. My calf and lower leg muscles are bouncing around and bouncing against each other. I can only ignore so much and then I get out of bed. Once I am upright the popping or muscle fasciculations (fancy word for twitches) usually stop. I am so desperate to sleep through the night that I usually put a hot corn bag (like a heating pad) under both legs each night before I go to sleep. That is what I used to do this past summer and it worked much better than it is now.
So here I am b!tching about minor things when I know it can be much worse. I need to call the neuro's office again today to check on things. The last time I was there we talked about my lack of sleep, which, if you know me has never been a real problem before. I need to talk about my increase in leg fasciculations because it's not even close to summer yet when things really ramp up to a high level.
Anyone have any ideas or suggestions for the sleep and/or muscle twitches? I don't think it's a case of missing any potassium or something like that. I know the neuro wanted to try melatonin for sleep but I am wary of that because a friend sent me a link saying that it may not be the best for people with MS and that it can affect depression which I also deal with on a daily basis. That means I need to ask the neuro about that specifically.
Sigh, I know it could be worse but it's not usually like this in April when it's not even hot yet. I'm done b!thcing for now. Wish me good night, please!