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Do you suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome? If so, what are some things you do for relief?
I have had achy legs every since I was little, though it was only recently that I've self-diagnosed myself with restless legs. Sometimes at night, I lay on my stomach and kick my legs. The vibration relieves that pain in my legs. I do it in my sleep and often don't even know I'm doing it until someone wakes me up because the constant "thump, thump, thumping" has woken them up! What is your experience with RLS?
Thank you for the question.
I dont have such a problem
Thanks a lot again
I do not believe in Restless Legs Syndrome. The reason is that I have suffered for about 10 years with RLS, or now in hindsight, thought I did. I went from one specialist to the other - costing me an arm and a leg and my other arm and leg for medication, to no avail. Until I decided to look for solutions myself. First of all I looked at all my 'life style changes' since I started suffering from RSL and the only thing that stood out was that when I switch from regular Coke to Diet Coke, my suffering started. I perused the ingredients of Diet Coke and noticed Aspartame was an ingredient - every second article on the Internet warns one against this ingredient! I immediately cut Diet Coke out and at the same time I was doing some research on magnesium for an article I was writing. One of the sources mentioned that a deficiency in magnesium can cause leg cramps (RLS?). I also started to use magnesium supplements and all of a sudden my RLS was gone! I could lead a normal life since then. Today I still use magnesium supplements and still do not use any product containing Aspartame. That is why I say I do not believe in RLS - something is causing it - just find out what is causing it. Note - I even use magnesium, within the recommended dosage, as a sleeping pill - and I sleep like a baby at the age of 59 years!
I'm glad you said this. Aspartame is bad on so many levels and it really affects my bipolar symptoms. Also, RLS can flare up if you're a little dehydrated, so make sure to drink plenty of water during the day.
Thanks Georgie. I try my best to drink about 8 glasses a day - sometimes when I am busy, I cannot meet my target!
I believe you are right, there must be some cause, and it's frustrating that the medical system is not helpful in this aspect. I didn't get leg pains when I was pregnant, which makes me think it might be hormonal... I'll look into magnesium!
I was going to suggest magnesium as well. I use it faithfully, for muscle cramps, and pain. It is an amazing supplement. The aspartame actually makes sense as it is derived from phenylaline, an amino acid that stimulates adrenaline.
Hi! Jenna Estefan, my legs ache and if I am sitting down for long time it really hurts and I couldn't keep still. What I use to relieve the pain is to soak my legs and feet in hot water with salt especially after a long day at work.
Incidentally, I have just published a detailed hub on this very subject. Hopefully you can find some useful information here to help you. There is a lot of information on this subject all over the internet and I have tried to give an impartial and considered view on the whole disease spectrum.
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