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I think I discovered why the leg aches and insomnia I think I discovered why the leg aches and insomnia

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Unread 10-21-2002, 04:01 PM
I think I discovered why the leg aches and insomnia

I posted a few nights ago my problem with leg and arm aches. It is not pain, it is almost a jumping, like I have to move my leg constantly. Sometimes if I don't it will jump by itself. Anyway, very annoying. I have suffered this through childhood and doc always said it was growing pains. About one night a year I may suffer from it at the most since. Always at night. There is absolutely no sleep to be had when this occurs. I noticed right after my surgery I noticed this ache everynight, but pain meds took away ache along with any pain. Now I don't use the pain meds anymore.
Well, I found something from hyster sister archives, (God Bless 'em) that described the same thing only it was called
Restless Leg Syndrome. Had alot of time when I wasn't sleeping the other night and surfed web. It explains exactly to the T what I am suffering from. Now with me, I have been noticing the same ache in my left arm also. The web site says that is possible too. Although there is no known cure, it has been linked to anemia and the need for extra iron and potassium in the diet.
Soooooooooo, any of you ladies that have any of these symptoms, you may want to up your iron and potassium levels.
I am beginning today and hope it helps. I had not slept in two nights straight, not a wink, and finally last night I'm sure from pure exhaustion and possibly the two glasses of wine I had, I slept all night long, like a rock. YAYYYYYYYYYYYY MEEEEEEEE!!!!
Hope this helps anyone with this problem. I will say that your doc should be aware of it too.

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Unread 10-21-2002, 05:06 PM
I think I discovered why the leg aches and insomnia

Hi Monica I'm glad you've found out about Restless Leg Syndrome. It helps when you know it's something real, doesn't it? Many sisters have found that supplementing with magnesium helps with RLS, too. Hope you're feeling better and better!
Unread 10-21-2002, 06:46 PM
Restless legs

I too suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome. My DR put me on Klonopin nightly and it worked wonders. I wasn't allowed to have it the night of my surgery and my legs jumped all night. I had to fight with the hospital to get my regular meds (even though my DR ordered them). Finally got them for the second night and even though I didn't sleep my legs weren't jumpy.
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Unread 10-21-2002, 08:02 PM
Thanks regina and linda

Thanks girls for your responses,
Linda you are always helpful. Love ya for it.
Regina, it is good to know someone else knows where I'm coming from. I will talk to my doc about the meds you are on.
Always good to have insight.

Unread 10-22-2002, 06:08 AM
restless leg

i too suffer from restless leg syndrome (and arms) and have for many years, it comes and goes, but since surgery it has come nightly. after researching this frustrating/sleep depriving syndrome i have finally decided to add magnesium. i will let yall know it it helps. also, i have noticed that walking daily helps but since i am still recovering from LAVH/BSO on 9/30 my innards dont like me doing anything.

back in 1994 i was taking klonopin for panic attacks. and come to think of it my restless leg problem did go away. but isn't klonopin addictive? i was taking 2-3 daily. finally, after about a year i tried to stop taking it and i had a horrible time. went into a very deep/can't drive/can't leave the house/dissassociated with self depression and the doc said it was from withdrawal from klonopin. i have not taken them since. my panic attacks still happen but not as severe. i have learned relaxation and awareness remedies to come thru them.

i am willing to try anything except for addictive stuff. maybe the trick is MODERATION!! something i seem to learn the hard way.
Unread 10-22-2002, 10:01 AM
Tylenol PM

I have found that if I take one of these at night it really helps and it is not habit forming....thought it might help. I am 5 weks post op and back to work this week..Joi

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