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Restless Leg Syndrome

I have suffered with this for years. I have tried the prescription drug Requip but it upsets my stomach and after a few doses it keeps me up all night. Any other suggestions??

Tue. Sep 25, 8:39pm

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Restless leg syndrome. what will they come up with next?

I used to be pretty active, walking a lot. Then I took a job where there was only sitting and driving. No walking. Within the first week, my legs were feeling "restless".

Moral of the story: If your legs are restless, they are begging to do what they do best. Let them do it. Go for a walk.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 8:44 PM

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8:44, I'm not the OP, but I suggest you look this up. It's a real disorder, and usually manifests in the middle of the night when one is trying to sleep. Your ignorance and "humor" are unbecoming.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 9:08 PM

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Hmmm, a disorder? Really? How about more like a small sympton of a larger problem. Hasn't this web site taught you anything? That perhaps the ENTIRE body has something wrong with it, not just those legs. I mean, think about it...why would some good, useful, working legs just revolt like that? Use your logic, your brain, and then think about the pharmaceutical companies and how much money they make by making up disorders and then marketing medicines for them, medicines that are often much more harmful than they are useful. One of the former lead marketers for Viagra spoke at a discussion at my University, and told us the exact method they used to market that medicine, in fact the medicine was first invented to help with blood pressure. They found out by accident is had another effect, and though, how can we make some money from this? Ooooh, let's make up a disorder! One that is actually a small symptom of a larger problem....we will name it, too. Just t make it sound authentic. Trust me, doctors don't have the monopoly on "naming" disorders, pharmaceuticals companies do. Put some more thought into what you say...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 9:32 PM

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9:32- the whole topic of health is vast and confusing for all of us. Lets try and explore these issues with a little more kindness to the others in this forum. If there is any rule that we have, it is treat each other kindly and be as positive as you can.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 9:50 PM

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I think the moral of the story is: If I want to convey useful information that is worthy of consideration, I should probably drop the sarcasm and air of superiority.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 9:51 PM

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8:44 - You obviously haven't experienced this disorder. Restless legs doesn't mean they feel like they need to walk, they just jump around on their own! When I first got married my husband used to tell me to 'stop kicking'! in bed! But it was just my legs doing their own thing!

OP - I have suffered from this on and off, and found that I haven't had it since I've been on maternity leave. My thoughts? I'm usually well rested (afternoon naps with the kid!) and have a lot less stress than when I'm working (wiping up spit up isn't as stressful as teaching high school!). I know that not everyone can go on mat leave....but perhaps more rest and less stress? I don't know if that's a 'medical' answer, but it's my experience. Also, this appears to have a hereditary link...all my mom's side of the family has this.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 12:06 AM

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Xango helps a lot!! It's mangosteen juice. My friend has been using this and it has taken her RLS away. She was on Requip too with similar side effects. My email is if you have questions.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 1:38 AM

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12:06 "More rest, less stress" can alleviate a lot of neurological problems. Fatigue and stress can be triggers for seizure disorders, for instance. Sounds like perfectly good advice to me.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 6:48 AM

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This is so weird but apparantly works for a lot of people. My MIL had this problem, read about this weird cure in a magazine, tried it and now doesn't suffer from it at all. Here is it - put a bar of soap in your bed down by your feet. Weird I know!!! But, it's a cheap and harmless thing to try. Best of luck to you. I had restless leg syndrome when I was pregnant. I stretched my legs a bunch before bed and that helped a little. Wish I knew about the bar of soap thing then. GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 8:03 AM

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when i was taking a prescription, i experienced what i thought was restless-leg-syndrome. after doing a little research in the library, with actual books (not just the internet) and reference journals, i came across a side-effect of many medications. it's very similar to restless-leg-syndrome, but it's called "akathesia", and involves the involuntary twitching, kicking and discomfort associated w/ RLS. it had the unpleasant feeling that my nerves and muscles were trying to escape from my legs. i brought this to my prescribing doctor's attention and we cut back on the dosage, which alleviated the whole problem. i say all this while wondering if the OP takes any kind of pills on a regular basis? if not, have you ever seen a neurologist? i strongly believe that this is a result of some chemical imbalance in the brain or maybe abnormal nerve patterns or misfirings of synapses and can be controlled. good luck!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 8:23 AM

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