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RLS & PLM Treatment

Posted by Jeff Rogers on October 10, 1998 at 20:41:40:

I am 39 years old and have had violently twitching legs since I was in my teens. Most nights I could only sleep for maybe three hours a night. The only way I could go to sleep was to smoke marijuana. I would sleep like a rock with no movements at all. When my son was born in 1993, I did not want to risk being arrested for pocession of marijuana, so I went to a sleep disorder clinic and was diagnosed with RLS & PLM. Since 1993 I have been taking Sinemet, Sinemet CR and 2mg of Klonopin. The pills have never provided the same quality of sleep like the marijuana did. Plus, it takes the pills anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to provide relief. The marijuana provided immediate relief and I was able to go to bed right after smoking it and I would sleep all night and wake up with no residual effects or hangover in the morning. My doctor said that your body builds up a tolerance to Klonopin so now I'm taking Ambien ( a sedative). I was also instructed by my doctor to have a liver screen once a year because of all the medication I take. It seems to me that if I can smoke a weed that (if it were not for it being illegal) I could grow in my own back yard this would be far more better for my body than taking six pills a night that were manufactured by chemical engineering. Any thoughts?

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