RLS ~ Restless leg syndrome

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Re: RLS ~ Restless leg syndrome

Postby morningstar » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:53 pm

i only ever get this after i have been in bed for about 10 mins, then it starts...my legs go everywhere...kicking...they itch...feel really weird....luckily i have an understanding partner.....lol
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Re: RLS ~ Restless leg syndrome

Postby lorikitten » Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:25 am

I've had this for some time now, mainly on an evening and through the night. But it's getting more and more frequent, even throught eh day and more aggressive :? Im also getting the same sensation in my arms recently. I asked my doctor if he had any suggestions but he wasnt my usual doctor and wasnt very sympathetic nor helpful. Anyone got any tips to try to calm my legs down?
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Re: RLS ~ Restless leg syndrome

Postby LinzWorld » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:44 am

Treat the Fibro!

Low dopamine levels are implcated in both Fibro and RLS, so boosting these can help both. Talk to your doctor about this and if they're out of their depth, ask for a referral to a FIbro specialist. Acupan is a painkiller that also boosts dopamine (as well as the serotonin and norepinephrine that Tramadol also boosts) and it can be very helpful for Fibro. Wellbutrin is an antidepressant that also boost dopamine, but it hasn't been used much for Fibro, not sure why. Ropinirol and Pramipexole are 2 drugs known as dopamine agonists that are used in the treatment of severe RLS and Pramipexole has also been researched as a med for FIbro with very good results in a subset of the Fibro population.

Dopamine and serotonin have a very complicated relationship ih our bodies so some people find that drugs you wouldn't think of for dopamine can help.

Calming the Autonomic Nervous System overstimulation can also help - clonazepam and lorazepam in particular are known to help with this aspect.

And the anticonvulsants can also help with this in some patients -= that's Pregabalin and Neurontin.

So as you can see there are actually loads of FIbro meds that may also help RLS - they're very related.

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Re: RLS ~ Restless leg syndrome

Postby claire edwards » Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:14 am

Both me and my husband suffer from rls so you can imagine how much the bed moves during the night (no other reasons i can assure you)?
I also have itchy hands, not so much with the feet, but i have got dermatitis on the hands and they swell a lot, red and itchy, very attractive when out and about...
I woke this morning having slept on my hand and arm and stopped the bloodflow. My little finger only stopped tingling a few hours ago. I do this in some form or other every night and have pins and needles and numbness in a lot of places as well.
At least we are not alone i guess?
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Re: RLS ~ Restless leg syndrome

Postby lorikitten » Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:24 pm

I think ive already posted at some point about suffering with RLS but for the past month at least, its been getting more and more frequent and ALOT more aggressive....Has anyone got any tips on how to settle this down???? Ive already tried baths and resing but it just doesnt help and its keeping me awake more than usual dure in the night now too......HELP!!!
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Re: RLS ~ Restless leg syndrome

Postby claire edwards » Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:39 pm

Hiya

This may or may not help but i got some vaseline intensive care healthy feet and legs everyday care lotion, it revives and stimulates and it has menthol and eucalyptus in it.

You just rub it on your legs and its either the cream or the rubbing on but it helps me a little.

Maybe worth a go??

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Re: RLS ~ Restless leg syndrome

Postby Viewmaster » Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:15 pm

Search the net for RLS and you will find many articles and forums. many say that magnesium helps or cures them. here is an extract from an article I found on the net just now....

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"A study reported that magnesium is therapeutically effective in the treatment of individuals with insomnia related to restless leg syndrome. In this study, 10 patients (mean age 57 years old) were suffering from insomnia related to periodic limb movement during sleep (PLMS) or mild-to-moderate restless leg syndrome (RLS). Magnesium was administered orally at a dose of 12.4 mmol in the evening over a period of 4-6 weeks. Following magnesium treatment, limb movement associated with arousals decreased significantly, down from 17 to 7 events per hour of total sleep time. Periodic limb movements without arousal were also moderately reduced from 33 down to 21 incidents per hour of total sleep time. Sleep efficiency improved from 75% to 85%.
In the 7 patients who estimated that their sleep and/or symptoms of restless leg syndrome as improved after therapy, the effects of magnesium on periodic limb movement with and without arousal were even more pronounced. This study indicates that magnesium treatment may be a useful alternative therapy in patients with insomnia due to mild or moderate restless leg syndrome or periodic limb movements during sleep related."
...end of quote.

Magnesium is not a drug. It cured me of foot cramp and laryngospasms which I suffered from.
I wrote to my doctor telling him of this.
He wrote back to me saying he found it interesting and will consider that for others who present.
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