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09 December 2004 @ 08:53 am
What day is it?  
I have restless leg syndrome. It's a self-diagnosis, based on the symptoms I have-- as I begin to fall asleep, my legs have an irresistible impulse to move. This leads to hours of dangling my legs off the bed, kicking madly, in order to exhaust the muscles for long enough to let me fall asleep.

I've been on drugs for it for over a year. A month ago, I switched doctors, and the new doc wanted me to have a sleep study to document it. So last night I went.

I had electrodes glued all over my head, my face, and my legs. They taped a mic to my nose to keep track of my breathing. They stuck a clampy thing on my index finger to measure... something or other. I was so wired up, I wasn't allowed to go to the bathroom without assistance. And dude, glue. All over my hair, everywhere.

I wasn't allowed to take my normal drugs. I was sure this would result in a sleepless night as my legs twitched and jerked uncontrollably. And of course, they didn't. A little bit, but nowhere near like they do even some nights when I'm on the meds. I fell asleep. Had nightmare after nightmare, and thought I woke up screaming a couple times, but the tech assured me I didn't.

They woke me up at six and let me shower, then kicked me out. Got to work at 7:30, two hours early. And right now, I can barely stay awake. I am a mess. And you know what? My legs are twitchy.


I feel like it's 3 AM. I can't function. And there's no sick time to be taken, so I'm here for the day. GAH.
fangirlsays on December 9th, 2004 06:05 am (UTC)
I had a sleep study a little over a year ago; turns out I had moderate sleep apnea (since resolved by weight loss.) I hated the study -- I mean, people watching you sleep -- how creepy is THAT? Oh, and apparently I kick a lot in my sleep because they had to wake me up three times to reattach the electrods in my legs after I'd kicked them off.

*snuggles* hope you feel better soon.
Elletheletterelle on December 9th, 2004 06:14 am (UTC)
Odd thing? I DON'T kick in my sleep. It's all beforehand, and last night it wasn't even that. Argh.

I do snore. But then, I knew that.

I'm not bothered by people monitoring my sleep. I'm an attention h0r, even unconscious.
High-velocity pie of deathnixieq on December 9th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'm not bothered by people monitoring my sleep. I'm an attention h0r, even unconscious.

ahahaha too funny! y'know, that's the one thing i worried about when i did a sleep study a year or two ago, but fortunately i had a very nice female tech (i think a guy might've freaked me out more), so i wasn't weirded out too much. but then, i have Issues(tm) with people watching me sleep.
Elle: Sleepaetheletterelle on December 10th, 2004 11:18 am (UTC)

I don't know, I guess I just like the thought that I'm SO VERY FASCINATING people will watch me sleep. Except I have to pay for it...
Nick Charlesbluelens on December 9th, 2004 02:09 pm (UTC)

After looking over this and shooting over to webmd I think I am in the same boat as you. I have been curious about the odd feeling I would get in my leg(s) and I could never explain it to rottenlilgirl. Everything seems to relate except the robbing of sleep. Maybe it (if that is my problem) is just a different or less severe case of it for me. Guess I need to talk to my doctor...ugh.
Nick Charlesbluelens on December 9th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oh and according to her, just before I go to sleep I do some kicks/jerks and then settle down. Of course I had no idea I was doing this.
Elle: Spiderweb beautytheletterelle on December 10th, 2004 11:21 am (UTC)
Rob has to deal with my leg exercises in bed. If it's my quads giving me problems, I do leg lifts to failure (usually 25 per leg), and if it's my hamstrings, I hang my legs off the bottom of the bed, hold them out straight, and kick like I'm swimming. This can go on anywhere from 5-20 minutes. I told him to pretend we had Magic Fingers attached to the bed. :)

Seriously, this is a SUCKY thing to have. It used to be not nearly this bad, but now it's at the point where it'll take away a couple hours of sleep each night if I let it.
High-velocity pie of deathnixieq on December 9th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
(hi, i'm a big dumbass and added you to my friends list like weeks ago, but forgot to add you to my default view until just now. d'oh!)

dude, i HATE that shit. i've had problems with it before, but fortunately i seem to have grown out of it. but there's little i hate more than lying awake because the lower half of my body has turned traitor and can't keep still. *hug* i hope you had enough activity for the study to document. at least then they might be able to do more for you.
Elle: Kill Billtheletterelle on December 10th, 2004 11:24 am (UTC)
Ha ha ha. *pokes you* :)

Wow, you grew out of it? Nice. I apparently grew INTO it. :p I've had moments where I wanted to separate my legs from the rest of me and let them run by themselves around the neighborhood till they dropped.

I'm not sure there was enough activity. Just a few minutes, nothing abnormal. *sighs* If I have to do it again, I'm going off for a night or two beforehand to be sure there'll be plenty of activity, as horrible as that will be.