Has anybody developed a drinking problem, trying to self-medicate insomnia caused by jerking leg and pain? I am so worried...

Has anybody developed a drinking problem, trying to self-medicate insomnia caused by jerking leg and pain? I am so worried...

I'm scared to death to just sit here and watch it happen. I learned from reading that alcohol does NOT help one sleep, it has the opposite effect and blocks melatonin, interrups REM sleep, causes multiple wakings, fatigue the next day, but I can't convince my husband of this, even though I show him what I've read. I wonder if anybody has any experience with this? I know he's… read more

A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I have to agree with Ellen Hornsby tough love, easier said than done as you are on the receiving end of his moods and anger. Have you thought about bring this up with his GP in front of him and also his neurologist. Something needs to be done. I was told under no circumstances was I allowed to drink with my medication. I will admit that I did like a glass or two of white wine and a vodka and orange in a tall glass, and there are still days if I feel overly stressed I think god I could use a drink. Funny as I wasn't a daily or even a weekly drinker, just one or two if out for dinner. But you must get some help for him ashe isn't doing himself any favours with is PD.

posted 19 days ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

sounds like some tough LOVE is in order. ...sometimes we have to say something to jar them out of their depression into reality.... are his parents still alive? perhaps another family member could talk to them show what he is not only doing to himself but to you as well.... prayers are going out to you and your husband , God Bless you sweetie.

posted 3 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Yes, he was diagnosed with RSL years ago and he's taken different things for it, now it's Lyrica. He won't try the CBD. Doesn't like the idea of something derived from marijuana.

posted 3 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

he may have restless leg symptom ( RLS ) My doctor put me on Miropex check with your doctor and ask about this it works wonders with my husband also I found CBD gummy bears will calm the trumers... He has Parkinson's for the past 19 years WE have tried many things to ease the discomfort of Parkinson's always check with your doctor before venturing out on your own.

posted 3 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Unfortunate wife
I went through this also. But I am the one with PD. You can’t do anything thing for him. He has to want to do it.

posted 3 months ago
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