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Old 05-18-10, 07:49 AM
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ADD & restless leg syndrome

Hi. I'm self-diagnosed ADD with social anxiety. Waiting for a proper diagnosis.

Now I consider myself strictly ADD but I've always had restless leg syndrome.
I always thought that only ADHD or combined had that problem and not ADD'ers.

What's true?
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Hi. I'm self-diagnosed ADD with social anxiety. Waiting for a proper diagnosis.

Now I consider myself strictly ADD but I've always had restless leg syndrome.
I always thought that only ADHD or combined had that problem and not ADD'ers.

What's true?
Hi and welcome to the Forum!

My maternal grandfather came to New York from Helsingborg back in the late 1800's, so maybe I'm an American cousin!

Firstly you have self-diagnosed your ADD, so you could be AD/HD.

The term is now AD/HD meaning with or without Hyperactivity, but in adults the Hyperactivity might look a lot different than it does in children and be expressed by an overactive mind or an inability to sit still or keep still. Restless leg could be a part of that.

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Re: ADD & restless leg syndrome

Hi. We might be, I've got relatives not far from Helsingborg
I actually found some thread and read that ADD "can" have a hyper thing or two.
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Re: ADD & restless leg syndrome

Hi my fellow scadinavian

Try theese links:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0508082849.htm

http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/...sorders?page=2

You can find more using google.

I'm not diagnosed ad(h)d - but suspects it! I have restless leg syndrome too....
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Re: ADD & restless leg syndrome

I have it as well as ADHD- both are linked to dopamine production in the brain, from what I have read. The pills they give for RLS stimulate dopamine. I tried them and was violently ill, probably because I was already taking Wellbutrin, a DNRI (Dopamine Norepenephrine Re-uptake Inhibitor). Or I was just sensitive to something in it. I rarely vomit, so this was quite a shock to me.

I have read that Wellbutrin can treat the RLS as well as ADHD. Since it has gotten to a therapeutic level in my system the RLS has abated. That is a terrible feeling, and I don't miss it. I have a hard enough time sleeping at night, so I dont need that!
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Re: ADD & restless leg syndrome

I don't notice anything during the day but at night I can't keep my foot from moving. Is that RLS? It's like it helps me think(daydream myself to sleep). I have been doing it so long I barely realize it... but it has driven all of my girlfriends crazy.
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Re: ADD & restless leg syndrome

Yeah, I have had this problem myself as well. The unfortunate things is that like the original poster I also have social anxiety and the best meds for that as well as depression are the SSRI's which tend to make the RLS as well as ADHD/ADD symptoms incredibly worse. To combat the RLS I would drink tonic water which helped a great deal due to the amount of quinine it contains. The only thing with that is that there is some conflicting evidence in regards to whether or not long term use of quinine is good for you heart.
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I don't notice anything during the day but at night I can't keep my foot from moving. Is that RLS? It's like it helps me think(daydream myself to sleep). I have been doing it so long I barely realize it... but it has driven all of my girlfriends crazy.
Yup, that is RLS, usually due to low dopamine levels.
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Yup, that is RLS, usually due to low dopamine levels.
Yeah RLS is waaaay different from ADHD hyperactivity. It's more like you feel that if you don't move your leg, you'll suffer something terrible. If you're shaking your leg, it's usually just hyperactivity. Also RLS is bigger movements and stuff that's associated with parkinson's (due to loss of dopamine in the SNpc and ventral tegmentum). If you have RLS you'll also have impotence/loss of sexual desire/gyenocomastia due to inhibition of negative feed back on prolactin.
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