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Unread 08-21-2004, 06:50 PM
I have questions about RLS

I am sure I have seen posts here about restless leg syndrome but I thought I would ask again. I have been kept up at night with just the achy restless feeling in just one or sometimes both legs. I just toss and turn and move my legs back and forth until I fall asleep. My legs feel like I have been walking all day but I have not. My legs feel ok during the day it is just at night. I kinda think that it might be rls. Thank you ladies in advance. I hope you guys have some info for me.




Carla
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Unread 08-21-2004, 08:04 PM
I have questions about RLS

Hi ((((Carla)))) What you describe sound a lot like RLS: I have it, and so does my 8 yo DD. In my case, I do not have any pain, but I really do have this "restless" feeling in my legs. And it's at night, when I'm lying down... especially when I'm very tired. For my DD, there is pain involved and it's quite bad. In her case, it happens when she's very tired, regardless of whether or not she is lying down.

While I'm not taking anything for my symptoms, since they're rather mild, I would think that the best thing for you to do is to mention this to your doctor: I know that there are meds being used, successfully, to manage RLS.

Sending lots of s your way. Please, do keep us posted.
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Unread 08-22-2004, 07:03 AM
I have questions about RLS

Research is tending to show that RLS is related to poor uptake of nutrients. Enzymes are needed in the body to convert nutrients and the enzymes need magnesium. So one place to start is a mineral that's often very low in the Western diet--magnesium. Also needed is vitamin B-6. Both of these are also needed for dopamine in the brain and they think RLS is related to low levels of dopamine.

Also showing up in studies are low levels of calcium, iron, vitamin E, and others of the B-complex vitamins.

So, what I might try is one of those mega multivitamins with minerals that you take three times a day (to increase absorption). Just make sure it includes iron.

Can't hurt and might help.

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Unread 08-22-2004, 07:25 PM
I have questions about RLS

Thanks for the information ((((Trish)))). I think I'll try the mega multivitamins and will try an find one for my DD.
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Unread 08-24-2004, 02:10 PM
I have questions about RLS

I have been taking vitamins to see if that may help but the leg pain is still keeping me up at night so....I am going to see my gp this afternoon to see what he thinks. I will let you guys know what happens.

Carla
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Unread 08-24-2004, 03:53 PM
I have questions about RLS

Sounds like a good idea!

Just wanted to add for anyone reading this that a regular multi-vitamin is not likely to have the levels necessary to make much difference. I think one's like Enzymatic Life (six pills a day) would probably be more the range that would make a difference.

Let us know what the doc says!
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Unread 08-25-2004, 08:40 PM
I have questions about RLS

Well the dr did not seem to think anything of my leg pain. He just kept saying is it like a crampy feeling over and over. I told him it is not like a cramp. I at least got him to write a lab order for a hormone check. He did say that the results can really not tell me much though because hormones vary depending on where you are in your cycle. Well ok I thought this was kinda a waste of time and money. My legs do not hurt every night but 2 or 3 times is plenty for me. I guess all I can do is bulk up on the vitamins (Thanks Trish) and hope that it helps.I mean its not like I wanted something to be wrong but I do not need any more sources of pain.

Carla
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Unread 08-30-2004, 12:49 AM
RLS

I too was having RLS along with muscle tighness in my calf. I started taking potassium, and I think that that has helped. I can't say for certain, since I did just recently also start on compounded hormones and test. cream, but I really do think it is the potassium. You might give it a try and see if it helps. Those RLS symptoms are terrible. Just having that alone was making me feel nervous, and at night trying to fall asleep with it was also bad. My friend has it and her doctor put her on some sort of medication for it and she says it helps. Hope you feel better soon.
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