Don't think I'm being creepy or anything but, ORGASMS ! Whether it's through masturbation or through sex it doesn't matter, just as you come to a climax and all of the muscles in your body tighten it releases excess energy trapped in your muscles which decreases or completely eliminates the symptoms of RLS allowing you to drift off to sleep more pleasantly.
I notice my RLS when I'm with other people much more than when I'm alone. So I get to drive other people crazy, which is nice. :(
I've decided that is because I can move around without noticing as much when I'm alone so I don't notice the symptoms. It gives me more trouble trying to sit still when watching tv or in the movies or on a plane then in bed. At bedtime I go a good lotion application and rub my legs hard, and I can sleep through the night.
I've noticed alot of comments on here about magnesium, and alot of comments about no msg, so I'm going to try adding those to my vitamin regimen. The sugar link seems obvious, yet, difficult to give up but I will pay closer attention to that, now. The dairy connection is really interesting and something I would never have noticed. Lots to think about, thanks so much everyone who took the time to post here!
I'm sitting here at the airport waiting for my next flight and seriously regreting i had the Root Beer served on the last flight. My legs are creeping and crawling like crazy. I've had RLS since i was about 10 years old and I'm 43 now. My brother and mother both also have it. My brother takes Requip with some success. I don't like taking drugs because of the side effects.
I've discovered through extensive elimination diet experients how to completely eliminate RLS for myself. I have found that it's tied to refined sugar and some other refined carbs. I've been off all added sugar including corn syrup, brown sugar, cane sugar, ' fruit sweetened' etc for several months now with great success. Basically my diet consists of fresh or frozen veggies and fruit, chicken and fish (unbreaded and not fried). I am usually pretty disciplined cutting out junk or processed food and i don't struggle with RLS at all as long as i stick to the strict diet. I also have sleep issues, acid relux and Chron's/Cholitis that i'm managing well without meds. I'll post about those soon as well. Ted
I was convinced I was going to have a sleepless night last night, as I'd had a hard go at the gym, was stressed, and could really just feel the 'fizzing' feeling building up. Pleasantly, I didn't - I guess it's one of the following. Might not be. Worth a try, right?
So here's my three-point plan for addressing RLS:
1. Dry skin brushing. I've just started this, you can find instructions online. I didn't start it for RLS, rather for skin benefits, but there are some people out there who legit think it helps. I did this about four hours before bed, after the gym, but you can try it sooner before bed, or to alleviate symptoms once you have them.
2. Heavy blanket. Some others have suggested this one. What it says on the tin - a heavy blanket. Really heavy. If you don't feel like you're lying under a cow, it's not heavy enough. I'm in the UK, so this works better for me - if you're in Florida I guess you're SOL. Maybe weighted straps, or something? Restraints? Leg weights? I know this sounds ridiculous, but RLS is dreadful and frankly I'd try anything once.
For when all else has failed:
3. Dead-arm yourself. Really. Thump that sucker. I'm not some troll laughing at the idea of people all over the world, furiously punching themselves on my advice - I've done it myself when I get really desperate. I give each limb a good thump right in the bicep or the calf, and after I've stopped writhing in pain (seriously, I really do mean crack yourself one), the 'fizzing' (I always think of it as a fizzing, with me) just stops dead and I can go to sleep. It's honestly remarkable (and if it doesn't work for you, apologies - I really do suggest this in good faith. Ymmv!).
I use essential oils. You take a base. I use sweet almond oil, but you can just go to the kitchen and use olive oil. You can get essential oils on Amazon or in the cosmetic section in Whole Food, or in almost any store on N. Halsted in Chicago. Probably other places, too. I use marjoram and basil. But if you don't like the smell or it doesn't work, you can try other combos. What you're going for are (and while this makes perfect sense, it makes me laugh every time) meat tenderizers. If you would rub it on a roast, rub it on your legs. Oil form, not spice form. And if it doesn't work, at least you're well seasoned.
Stop eating Dairy completely try it for two weeks and your restless legs will be gone forever, that is until your eat dairy again. Just like a peanut allergy if a person with a peanut allergy eats one peanut they react. Same thing with a restless legs person and dairy, our bodies are allergic to Casein which is in dairy. I had RLS all my life but it is now gone. But has to be completely dairy free if you are desperate enough like I was take the two week challenge and prove it to yourself. IT WORKS
This REALLY worked for me it is about figure eight motions. Everyone knows how a skater makes a figure eight.. Well basically you want to do this standing up or sitting down¡K.stick your LEFT ARM ONLY straight out to your side and in the air (like your trying to fly like an airplane) make a figure eight motion. Make it as wide as comfortably can 15-20 times, 3-4 times a day. One of those times should be right before bed. The same goes for the left leg you can do it sitting or standing make the figure 8 with your LEFT LEG ONLY. Both the arm and leg figure eight should be done side ways not up & down. (DO NOT do this with your right leg or arm). If rls acts up at night do the exercises¡¦ again. Hope I explained this well, this has really worked for me within 4 nights I have tried EVERYTHING, soap, baths, crying ect¡KOnly drugs worked for me but who has 12+ hours to sleep a day?? Give it a try¡K please let me know after a week if it worked Thanksƒº and goodnightƒº zzzzzzzzzzz, finally!
DRINKING WATER ALL DAY TO BE WELL HYDRATED AT NIGHT stopped my chronic RLS--for now. I put a 64 oz. pitcher of water out in the morning, finishing it by 8 PM. Water is worth a try. My whole body is happier!
I read 14 of the 22 pages of remedies and I haven't seen my favourite yet: French's yellow mustard (and yes, it HAS to be French's!) I walked in on my partner's grandmother having a serious charlie horse one day and she asked me to fetch the mustard and to make sure it wasn't dijon, just yellow. I thought it was the weirdest request ever! I brought this up to my own Nan and she said, 'Of course, that remedy is as old as time!' o.O Nobody told me this and I've been a RLS sufferer for years! That same night I got up, grabbed a tbsp and jammed that mustard down my throat. Blech!! I gotta tell ya, it REALLY does work! Even my sister who weight trains pulls out the French's mustard when she feels the spasms coming. I just wish this remedy could jump to the top of the list since it's a non-drug and costs pennies. I'm curious to hear of others success. Good luck, folks, and get some sleep! :D
My doctor had me drink tonic water while I was pregnant and had RLS. It tasted terrible, but I guess it worked for the time being.