I Have RDS
I’ve had difficulty sleeping for as long as I can remember.
Chronic insomnia has left me addled a good deal of the time. Indeed it exacerbates (heh…still sounds dirty) an unrelated mental disorder resulting sometimes in near-psychotic behavior. But at last, after a lengthy consultation with a young woman who works in a hospital sometimes, I have a diagnosis and, joy of joys, a reliable treatment! Amazingly enough, it seems that at least 90% of men suffer from RDS (Restless Dick Syndrome) needlessly and still go through life untreated.
Guys, diagnosis is very easy. Pleasant even. It consists of an initial consult involving a lengthy oral exam and several general flexibility tests followed by a nocturnal observation session interrupted by periodic tests and treatments to directly address the RDS symptoms. Unfortunately, this is considered a chronic condition and frequent treatments are required. Depending on your personal situation the treatment can be very expensive (upwards of $2,500/hr) or free of charge if you have a qualified in-home assistant. While self-treatment is possible, it is rarely effective in the long-term.
I have posted here before that I suffer from bipolar disorder, partly to explain some odd behavior but also to fight the stigma attached to that particular illness. And it is for similar reasons I am posting this here. Because I know there are others out there suffering from this terrible affliction. So please, fellow Doper Guys, get behind me here and share your RDS stories.