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brian

Here is my story after reading the comments posted recently on this site. I now know what has been causing my RLS.

I've tried diet, calcium-magnesium-sodium supplements, and exercise and they provide no dependable relief. My RLS is due to inflamed nerves in my lower back. I’m not going to call it a pinched nerve because I’ve had one of those and fortunately this didn’t take nearly as long to clear up. My symptoms are just like what all the other writers describe. Until the last four days, I have woken up several times each night for the last month for at least an hour with the twitching and anxiety in my pelvic area down to my feet. RLS has been a problem for me the last 15 years. It comes and goes unexplainably, until now.

I think my main problem is that I sleep on my back. Combine that with a hard stool (not necessarily constipation) pressing on the inside and voila: a distressed lower spinal area. To prove my theory I did a test. I laid in bed on my back and waited. Within about 10 minutes the RLS symptoms started to appear. I immediately stood up and the symptoms went away almost instantly. It was repeatable. This proved to me it was not diet, minerals or serotonin related.

If you have what I have, when the symptoms appear at bedtime, immediately stand up. Do not try to work through it as it will only further aggravate the nerves. After the symptoms go away, lay down and find another sleeping position. I practiced on an Aero bed to find the sleeping positions that would work and various mattress pressures. I now realize that sleeping on my back is out of the question during a flare-up.

Avoid any exercise in the gym that pushes your spine up against a pad (i.e. leg presses). I'm sure I'll be able to do these again once I'm fully back to normal.

I've been taking a steady low dose of aspirin for a few days, not to relieve the RLS symptoms, but to relieve inflammation and help the nerves start healing.

Other writers have mentioned magnesium-citrate. My guess this works, not because of satisfying a magnesium deficiency, but because it is a laxative that softens the stool pushing on the inside of the spine.

I’ve been drinking a warm beverage (milk or water) to loosen things up before bedtime. I drink several glasses of Gatorade in the morning and afternoon to stay hydrated (softer stool). I believe this helps counteract the drying affect of coffee and alcohol. The Gatorade powder mix is affordable and easy to mix at work; it is a good substitute for soda or that extra cup of coffee.

I tried 5-HTP for serotonin and it had absolutely no affect.

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Jessica

Brian, try to avoid so much Gatorade during the day. Water would be a much safer alternative to keep your stool soft. The electrolytes in it were meant for athletes who needed to prevent dehydration and cramps. So much sodium (such as in several glasses of Gatorade) can be dangerous and the acids used to flavor it is a leading cause of tooth decay. Good Luck.

Brian

Here’s a follow up to my posting. After I realized the cause was back irritation, I was able to stop the major symptoms by immediately getting up out of bed when the first signs occurred. I also realized that a full stomach and bladder worsens the symptoms, since when you lie down, all that weight falls on your spine. Keeping my bladder empty during the night seemed to help a lot.

After about 3 weeks of being very careful, the minor irritation on my lower back disappeared. And so did all symptoms of RLS. I haven’t had even the slightest sign since December.

Thank you Jessica for the tip about Gatorade, I now rinse my mouth with water after drinking it.

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