I have had ADHD for as long as I can remember. For the past 3 years, after becoming a nurse, I have been struggling with:
severe sleep issues & exhaustion (no matter how many hours I sleep)
newly diagnosed PLMD (severe restless leg syndrome that happens only while you're asleep)
worsening of my ADHD (lack of focus, feeling like I'm in a fog ALL the time) - even when I take my ADHD meds
increasing pain in my legs, feet, hips, arms, hands & fingers - for several months now
extremely cold & painful hands & feet, - peridocally at night - for several months now
After seeing yet ANOTHER doctor today and still not getting any answers, I figured there MUST be a connection here somewhere!!! I think it's important to note that at various times as an adult, I've been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epstein Barr, & Mono.
Here's an AMAZING article on how neurotransmitters (dopamine, seratonin, norepinephrine & GABA) work in the brain & how imbalances can wreak havoc on our lives by causing ADHD, Parkinsons, Sleep Issues, & Fibromyalgia (this may be the solution to my problems):
Seems low Dopamine levels might be the biggest culprit. Some people have said they find relief for their fibromyalgia when they take their ADHD meds. Must be the reason my body hurts so much at night when my ADHD meds have worn off. And if my legs are twitching all night because of the PLMD, then low Dopamine is probably the cause of this too! Oh yeah, Raynauds seems to be a neurotransmitter problem too!
Can I just trade my brain in for a new one???
Anyone else out there experiencing similar issues?