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Restless leg syndrome-my tips, experience etc.

By July 21, 2011 - 2:43pm

Restless legs is real and I have had them for about 15 years. THe first thing I used was Magnesium Glycinate - is seems to be better for the body to process and helps with RLS. If I am traveling my air or going somewhere with higher elevation (mountains in Colorado) I increase my Magnesium the day before and take some with me to take if symptoms arise. Recently I found out that I was Iron deficient and when I eat more foods rich in Iron RLS does not seem to be as much of a problem so this is easy to monitor. I also know that Benadryl will triggor RLS badly so I suggest avoiding this if possible.
Women tend to be low on Magnesium and Iron so this is a link to the symptoms. I have had it very badly at times but find the Iron and Magnesium take care of it so I do not feel the need to resort to prescribed medications that end up sometimes having side effects and causing other health issues-possibly. I know when RLS is active a person will try anything to get them to stop. I find that with light exercise, watching caffeine intake and avoiding in afternoon so it does not act up at night, Iron intake, Magnesium and B vitamins that I am able to really keep RLS calm. When it does act up I know I need more Iron but take an extra Magnesium pill (or two) which helps within 20 minutes.
I hope this helps someone else. Good luck!

By July 12, 2012 - 5:43pm

It was also suggested to me to soak my feet in epsom salts-and this does help-but if this is done to drink plenty of water.

July 12, 2012 - 5:43pm
By October 27, 2011 - 8:18pm

I had a sleep study because of my poor sleep pattern. It was thought that I had sleep apnea but instead I was told that I moved my legs a lot during sleep. I was never diagnosed as RLS but I will try taking Magnesium to see if that helps. I sleep between 1 - 3 hrs before waking up for no apparent reason.

October 27, 2011 - 8:18pm

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This is a place for you if you are suffering from Restless Legs Syndrome, or RLS. If you are suffering from severe sleep deprivation because your legs will not let you lay still, this is the place for support and some answers. There is no cure, but there is more and more help out there to be had, and we can help each other. We will also be able to discuss many sleep disorders since RLS is diagnosed as a sleep disorder and a movement disorder. PLMD, sleep apnea, and plain old insomnia.


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