Hi folks, only tried it once but it seemed to work wonders. Rubbed a bar of Imperial Leather soap on my calves after having 1/2 hour of RLS. The soap was a bit wet so I stuck some tissue paper on top. Went back to bed and didn't have anymore symtoms. Alleluia!
I started having RLS summer 2013 and was going through many medical tests that unfortunately determined I had bone marrow cancer. I was severely anemic and the ONcologist discovered my iron was very low as was my ferretin. He said low ferretin causes RLS. I was given iron IVs and the RLS stopped. It has begun again and again ferreting is very low. Taking 3, 325mg tablets ferrous fluctuate with orange juice everyday has stopped the RLS. Hope this helps you.
A bar of soap works for me. I used to place the soap underneath the fitted sheet on the bed but found that every time you move, the soap moves too so it doesn't remain under your legs for long. My daughter (who also has RLS) suggested wearing socks with a piece of soap in them and this has worked great! I also occasionally have RLS in my arms (RAS??), so I moisten the inside of the wrist area and rub some soap on them before going to bed. I'm sure this doesn't work for everyone, but it's worth giving it a try (and cheap!).
I have had RLS for years. I've tried many things to stop it. I've lost lots of sleep. Most nights waking up around 1:30 a.m. and staying awake to 4:00 a.m. Nothing I found and tried worked for a long time. Then a friend said try this it really works: And it may sound strange but place a bar of soap (any brand) under the sheets around your legs. I use the small peace of remaining soap from the bath to keep the lumps down. My friend uses a new bar of soap but for me that makes the bed lumpy. Happy sleeping
I have had RLS since first pregnancy and a bout of hypo thyrodism which returned with a vengeance with second pregnancy and which I still often get. My husband is a physio and has found that (for me and for those he has treated) this works! And I can sleep at night and relax when sitting now.
Husband has told me that the RLS seems to occur as a spasm in the bottom (in the piriformis muscle) The sciatic nerve travels through this muscle and if trapped could be in spasm which can affect the nerve down the leg. He has given me two anti spasm exercised to switch off the piriformis.
I will try to explain as best I can but if I am not clear, please ask.
Lie down on your back (Im usually in bed anyway when the rls arrives), legs straight, feet together, back straight and relax.
First exercise: If you have RLS in the right leg, you will need to position your right leg like that of someone about to sit and meditate, only you are lying down not sitting, and with only the one leg brought close to your groin area.
To do this move your right foot (the heel part) up the innderside of your left leg with your knee turned to your right a little so that you end up with your right heel resting into/onto the top of your left thigh area and your knee is pointing flat to your right. (as flat as possible without straining too much)
I use my left hand to gently keep my right foot in this position.
Put your right hand flat onto the innerside of your right knee, which should be facing the ceiling. Use your right hand to block your right knee from raising up so that it is sitting up and points to the ceiling. Now try and lift your knee up whilst keeping your right foot in its place. Apply approximately 10-15% pressure (so dont try too hard) and trying to raise your knee against your right hand whilst making sure your leg holds its position.
Do not apply more than 10-15% pressure to lifting your knee up as this can make RLS worse! Hold this position for about 15-20 seconds and then relax your leg. Then move leg down the same way you moved it up so feet are together again and relax.
Exercise 2: To immediately follow first exercise. Back in the lying position, heel on the bed/floor and knee pointing to the ceiling; gently bring your right leg closer to your body by sliding your heel towards your bum - as close a possible to it. Put both hands inside your leg, behind your knee and link hands. Now you need to apply pressure from your right leg as if trying to push your leg away from your body but use your linked hands to keep it close to your body and prevent it from moving away. Again apply only about 10-15% pressure as if you try too hard to move your leg away – it may make RLS worse. Hold for 15-20 seconds then move your hands and gently return leg to original position.
Do the first exercise again, then the second one and this should switch off the spasm. Very rarely have I had to do these exercises a third time but it has so far always worked for me. Good luck.
By the way, it was stretching my leg in these postions which has sometimes caused the spasm to occur so if you feel the urge to stretch as above, dont and it the urge doesnt go away, do these exercises.
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10 years ago on occasion when I was very tired I would get restless legs, it was like giving a 10 year old kid a few caffeinated sodas, my legs would not be still. In the last three years it went from on occasion to every night it was almost impossible to get a good night sleep. I would wake my wife have her massage my calf muscles or scratch my back (to take my mind off my legs being restless)
I was dying for relief I read who knows how many pages of this forum looking for relief.
I started to pay more attention to what I ate or drank (adult beverages) and if it affected my sleep. On day after actually getting some sleep I figured out that I had a banana the day before.
I ate bananas every day for a month and have not had any more RLS, now I just eat them on occasion.
I am not saying this will help everyone but it is a cheap way to try and solve this and I am not a person that will take a pill to fix something.
I am a white male 49 5 7' 150 active I run 2-3 days a week 3-5 miles, do not sit around much except for work in front of a computer. I always drink 2-3 quarts of water a day and try and eat decent but could use to eat more greens, just giving my background.
Folks, I've been dealing with it for 20 years. Tried everything. Kept feeling like it was energy trapped in me. Realized how much worse it got when weather fronts would drag through, especially in the summer.
Thought it was the change in pressure. Realized it's the change in the electric charge in the atmosphere.
I did two things:
1) bought a special conductive cloth and literally grounded my bed to the Earth (with a wire through the window).
Got it from a place called Less EMF
2) Started taking GABA supplement, which turns out to be similar to an epilepsy drug. Does something with electric signals. GNC has it.
Suddenly I've had dreams three nights in a row. I wake up and realize I was both asleep and completely relaxed.
Seems like RLS is similar to epilepsy, though of course a lot milder. The long slow fits during long rainstorms make sense now.
I can't tell you how much my life changed in two days. so far, this seems to have worked.
I have just recently begun being plagued with RLS. It's been horrible. Not much sleep lately. Last night was really bad. I was very tired but had to keep getting up and did not sleep. Until... I laid on my back with pillows under my knees. I then laid a heavy icepack on top of my ankles and then, feeling that some extra weight would be helpful, I piled a bunch more pillows on top of that. I quickly noticed some relief. Enough to fall right to sleep.