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gail0757 posted:
Dear Dr. Stacy, I have been diagnosed with Restless Leg Syndrome about 8 years or more ago. Since that time I have been through requip aand mirapex and they have both stopped working. My doctor has not put me on cinamet. I have an aunt that has parkinson's disease and was wondering if there is any connection? I have trouble swallowing, urinary incontinence and frequency not associated with uti, my handwriting has gotten very poor, my balance is poor, especially going backwards, i have fibromyalgia, neuropathy, diabetes controlled by diet, dry eyes, dry mouth, hypothyroidism, and the list goes on. my restless leg is only in my left leg and can sometimes go all the way up to my arm. Should I ask my doctor to send me to a neurologist? i also have sleep apnea, where i will stop breathing for a minute at the time. I guess I am tired of doctors putting bandaids on the problems and not finding out the cause. The last neurologist I went to stated I had primary restless leg syndrome. I am afraid I may have the beings of parkinson's. My father died recently with alzheimers and my uncle right before my father and he had Lou Gehrig's disease. Are my fears warranted?
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Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
Dear gail0757,
Thank you for your note. I do not believe you have Parkinson's Disease, and think most of your symptoms may be explained by your diabetes. I would suggest you see a neurologist, and ask if your left-sided RLS symptoms are related to a neuropathy. If that is the case, neuropathy medications may be better for these symptoms, not requip, mirapex or sinemet.
Good luck


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