The Pharmacy Chick

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Catching up with Pharmacy Chick part III

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 7:58 pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Still reading?  After part I and II, we reach the last part of the catching up.  Apparently i have the bug to write again, even if I don’t care much about grammar and punctuation.  Maybe Ill even write about work on an occasional basis.  Ive been amazed and impressed at the people who have written a bit in appreciation.  As you know I was burned by the flamers and haters and didn’t want to waste my time writing anymore.  On Facebook I follow ” This is a pharmacy not a fast food restaurant” and its the same-0 same-o there just like it is in my own pharmacy.

For pharmacy chick, drug therapy for HERSELF is  few and far between.  I  wrote about my  attempt to manage cholesterol with a statin and ended up feeling like a dementia patient.   But more recently I have finally sought treatment for something else.  If you have had  it, you totally understand, if you don’t have it you wouldn’t understand.  Mr chick doesn’t understand.  Since I was a kid, I have had RLS.  My mother suffered with it, as does all of her siblings.  My brother has it too.  RLS is Restless Leg Syndrome. I used to massage my moms legs at night as they hopped about the couch in my lap.

It is frustrating at the least and maddening at its worst. If you imagine…. having perfectly normal legs during the day that turn into electrified mexican jumping beans at night that you simply cannot control or stop.. then you have some idea of RLS.  You know its coming, and powerless to stop it, no matter what time you go to bed, no matter how you WILL your legs to keep still, they just build energy until POW they jump.  Its nerve shattering to be honest because I was getting lesser and lesser sleep every night. About  1 night out of 10 I might get a night where they didn’t jump.   I tried every non drug modality:  massage, cold packs, exercise, stretching,  magnesium, you name it. I didn’t want to resort to rx drugs because I was afraid that it would only become worse over time and they would quit working, a real problem with this issue since it has similarities to Parkinsons disease.

I finally threw in the towel.  I set my intern on a project:  Find me the most modern and effective and least likely to augment current treatment for RLS. Since she is a brainiac that was an easy project. Mirapex.

It might as well have been a gift from God himself.   I didn’t believe it would work as well as it is.  I am a huge skeptic and when I went to sleep the first night on  mirapex and my legs were just lying in bed silent, I believed it was an anomaly and it would return to normal the next day.  But it didn’t. With the exception of when I had packed and unpacked  my meds ( by accident) and went to Hawaii without the  Mirapex, my legs have been in an amazing state of rest.  Its no CURE,  one night without the drug and they are back to jumping, and getting my rx transferred to Hawaii was an exercise in poor customer service but  thats another story to share later!

Admitting defeat and finally getting a bit of treatment has been lifesaver..or at least a NIGHT-saver!


Comment by parush18

April 2, 2015 @ 4:03 am

Such good news! I can only imagine the relief you must feel.

And, it’s always good to read your writing 🙂

Comment by .

April 2, 2015 @ 12:45 pm

where is part II?oops. Got stuck in drafts..

Comment by Anne

April 2, 2015 @ 5:19 pm

So glad to hear that something worked for you! Nothing better than a good night’s sleep.

Comment by Joseph, CPhT

April 5, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

Hey PC, Congrats on finding a way to control your RLS! For some reason Part II of Catching Up is not showing up on the blogroll. Have a good day!thanks joseph… it got stuck in drafts!!


Comment by PharmacyJim

April 5, 2015 @ 9:39 pm

So good to see your posts again. I, like others, have missed them, and was happy when I “tuned” back in today. It was fun PC-binging. Please keep writing. You have a gift! God bless and Happy Easter!Thank you. I had a nice easter! Church, golf and dinner with friends!

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