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Unread 01-03-2008, 03:15 PM
Restless leg syndrome

I have never had problems with restless leg syndrome, but since my surgery, exactly 2 weeks ago, I have been going crazy early in the morning trying to sleep. It's unbelievable. The initial pain has taken a back seat but now I have to deal with this. Is it related to my hysterectomy
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Unread 01-03-2008, 04:11 PM
Restless leg syndrome

I used to have restless leg syndrome bad back in the late 90s. Now I usually just have it right before I go to bed (Dr told me to take vitamins). Before the surgery, if I went to bed, it would stop. Since the surgery it's come back and hits me in bed again. Very frustrating.

So far I've just gotten up and taken a swig of Bailey's and that seems to relax my legs enough to fall asleep. If I wake up again, then it comes back and keeps me awake (taking another swig doesn't help).

You might check out multi-vitamins if you're not taking any. It helped me the first time. I think my legs might get over tired with everything going on, and then rebel with the twitching.

Good luck. I'm hoping it lessens as I heal.
Unread 01-11-2008, 12:42 AM
Restless leg syndrome

i have had rls for years but seems to be much worse since the surgery 5wks ago. i havent found anything that helps. i havent talkd to my doctor about though. i did ask my chiropractor and he actually ddnt have anythng to help either. he did say there are good medications for it but they really have no idea what it is from. it drives me crazy..especially when you are exhausted but cant sleep because of your legs.
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Unread 01-11-2008, 07:11 AM
Restless leg syndrome

I had low iron a few years back and it trigured restless legs syndrome for me. With surgery and blood loss this could be a reason. Once i started taking children's chewable with iron twice a day- they went away.

for giggles- dr. gott recommends in his column =a bar of soap in bed near the feet to help it and their is also a new medication out for it. i think it starts with an R.
Unread 01-11-2008, 07:29 AM
Restless leg syndrome

Hi. I struggle with rls too along with fibro. Sometimes it feels like something is crawling all over my legs. I usually take an extra tramadol at bedtime (100mg total) and that seems to calm them down. Plus, if I have too much caffeine during the day and not enough water, that will make them act up.
Unread 01-11-2008, 10:48 AM
Restless leg syndrome


I agree with Fit&Ready. I had a sleep evaluation prior to my surgery, and they told me I had episodes of restless leg at night (though I sleep through them for the most part). The docs told me that it can be associated with low levels of blood iron.

Mine subsided a bit, then I had this surgery and it started up again. As soon as I started to take my iron, it went away.

You might want to have your doc run a quick blood test to check your iron and see how it comes out.
Unread 01-11-2008, 10:53 AM
Restless leg syndrome

i never had rls but after my surgery my legs drove me CRAZY!! it took a good couple of months for that to go away. i don't know if it has to do with a nerve that got touched at surgery or what but plenty of sisters complain of the same problem. when it finally did go away it never came back (so far, anyway).

but like i said, i never had rls before and mine went away after i healed up. i guess for me it was just something transitory.

hang in there.
Unread 01-11-2008, 11:48 AM
Restless leg syndrome

My legs have started doing the same thing and it is driving me bonkers. Getting to sleep or just sitting still at my desk is like a major event now. One thing I have read is the Benedryl will make it worse so anyone that takes an OTC sleeping pill will have to deal with that since they use the generic form to make you sleepy.

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