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My Legs drive me crazy at night mainly there not aching not pins and needles just the urge to keep moving find it hard to get sleep! Started while pregnant with son number 3

Posted by 191joannes, 24th April 2014

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  • Mine started with pregnancy number 2 and I still have it as well, looking for something that will work!

  • chat to your doctor or pharmacist as they could recommend something to help you.

  • My husband suffers this really bad drives me nuts. i give him leg and foot massages and it solves the problem for a while, good luck :)

  • Get some Magnesium tablets and eat some bananas ….. this will take a few days …

  • My husband drives me crazy with this he has it mainly with his right leg he’s been to the doctors and done blood tests and he’s very low in magnesium so now has to take tablets they have helped but he does still get the odd night when it still happens but no where near what it used to be like.

  • Try magnesium tablets. The Swisse sleep formula is a good one. This fixed the problem for me. You need to do it for at least two weeks in a row is see an improvement. Good luck

  • I have always moved my legs at night and during the day and can remember as a child being told to stop jiggling my legs. I suffer with cramps in them as well. Since have an accident I now were pressure stockings at night and this help with the cramps and aching but I still move my legs but I have done it for so long I could not go to sleep with out doing it

  • My mother has just been diagnosed with this restless leg syndrome it is a horrible thing to have she is just starting some medication now to see if it helps with some of the symptoms

  • To add to my previous comment,it is true that some meds only work for a short while then stop being effective. I have been on this one for several years now and have not had this issue. However the initial dose was an issue as I was having too much and found myself falling asleep during the day for long periods. It can also increase obsessive behaviours. I have not found this to affect me either. I think it is the best!!!

  • I have had Restless Leg Syndrome for many years, and tried several remedies. The on
    ly one that worked for me is the last one my Dr prescribed. You must fit certain criteria to be prescribed it. Look at this website, then go to your GP and ask what is available I take a medication called Sifrol.
    There is an online tool/questionnaire which may answer the question do I have RLS.

  • I have “Restless Legs” at night, and also get mind-bendingly painful calf and foot cramps, which wake me and bring tears to my eyes. It is usually worse in warm or hot weather, or if I fall asleep with the electric blanket on (and I get too warm). Magnesium supplements have helped, as well as Crampeze (from the chemist). I also found that massaging my legs and feet with Almond Oil with a little Lavender oil added before I go to bed has helped.

  • You could possibly try some yoga type stretches before you get into bed, and maybe some mindful meditation as you go to sleep, this is basically mentally relaxing each muscle individually.

  • I found this checklist, hope it helps

    Do your symptoms indicate RLS?
    How many of the questions below are true for you?
    When you sit or lie down, do you have a strong desire to move your legs?
    Does your desire to move your legs feel impossible to resist?
    Have you ever used the words unpleasant, creepy-crawly, creeping, itching, pulling, or tugging to describe your symptoms to others?
    Does your desire to move often occur when you are resting or sitting still?
    Does moving your legs make you feel better?
    Do you complain of these symptoms more at night?
    Do you keep your bed partner awake with the jerking movements of your legs?
    Do your ever have involuntary leg movements while you are awake?
    Are you tired or unable to concentrate during the day?
    Do any of your family members have similar complaints?
    Does a trip to the doctor only reveal that nothing is wrong and there is no physical cause for your discomfort?
    If you answered “yes” to a majority of these questions, you may have RLS.
    Source: Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation

    Also of interest, ;l remember a nurse saying that a med my sister was being given for another health problem was also used to treat RLS but the doctor had to check you weren’t a gambler or liked drinking or suffered compulsions etc before prescribing as the meds because set off pleasure receptors or something and make you more at risk of compulsive behaviours like gambling, drinkimg or having sex etc as a side effect… So l googled and found this.. best try natural remedies first..

    Medication as treatment for RLS
    No single medication works for everyone with restless legs syndrome. In fact, a drug that relieves one person’s restless legs may actually make your symptoms worse. In addition, many people with restless legs syndrome find that medications that work initially become less effective over time.

    It’s also important to be aware of potential side effects, such as nausea, headache, and daytime sleepiness. If you struggle with compulsive shopping, gambling, or binge eating there is also a risk that medication for RLS could make these problems worse.

  • My doctor ending up putting me on magnesium supplements towards the end and this helped a lot, talk to your GP about it as it was really starting to affect my sleep and quality of life.

  • Magnesium is helpful, but I would go to the GP to get it checked out. There are prescription medications available for this irritating condition.

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