Sunday, 12 February 2012

February 12, 2012

Well just thought I'd write a new blog post to distract myself from how I feel right now. . A huge problem I've had for a couple of years now is restlessness - not just normal restlessness, but an intense feeling of crawling under my skin, kind of IN my knees and elbows, where I am often left jumping and running around to try and get rid of it (it sounds weird but it FEELS like it will work) and scratching my joints to pieces. My psychiatrist has been adjusting my medication a bunch (and by adjusting I mean increasing), but it only feels like it's getting worse. By friday afternoon I was ready to smash my knees in with a hammer, I just couldn't stand it anymore. I've had to take more valium than usual because it's the only thing that really works to help calm me down and dull the feeling which isn't something I really want to do.

Which is why I'd like to ask you guys - has anyone experienced this symptom, known as akathisia ? I have it in mostly my knees and elbows, and I'm currently on 1.5g of valproate, 20mg of paxtine and (when needed) 5mg of valium daily. If anyone out there has experienced it and had it treated, what did your doctor use ? I really, really can't stand this much longer.



  1. I don't know if I have anything close but at night a lot of the time I have this unbearable erg to move my legs and the rest of my body. I just can't lay still, because if I do I feel like I can't get comfortable and that part of my body starts to ache and hurt.

  2. Yeah that's basically it ! Trying to sleep at night is the worst time, that's when my best friend valium comes into the equation =/ I have to wait 3 or so more weeks until I see my psychiatrist and I'll write a post about what, if anything, he can do to help :)