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Ever since I woke up this morning, I have been having this constant urge to stretch my legs.  It's a very weird feeling and is driving me crazy.  Not a tingly feeling, not painful, not a "pins & needles" feeling, just an urge to stretch feeling.  Have any of you experienced such a thing?  What could be causing this?  I'm thinking about calling my doctor.

 

 

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Jgirl1273501650.42804 PostsRegistered 2/16/2008

Go take a walk or run to get the blood flowing.  Yoga maybe.  

Billie531273501653.20318955 PostsRegistered 2/9/2007VA

Could it be restless leg syndrome?

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MJ 121273501797.3813324 PostsRegistered 12/30/2009On the Beltway

OP - have you started or stopped any medication recently?

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RickyRocky1273502123.437736 PostsRegistered 2/16/2007

I have walking around all morning and they still feel the same.  I thought about restless leg syndrome, but I don't know much about it.  Everything I see online says that it happens at night when you're trying to sleep?  No I haven't stopped or started any medication.  I've looked online but can't seem to find anything. 

Seven of N­ine1273503950.9371538 PostsRegistered 12/19/2008Deeeetroit!
On 5/10/2010 RickyRocky said:

I have walking around all morning and they still feel the same.  I thought about restless leg syndrome, but I don't know much about it.  Everything I see online says that it happens at night when you're trying to sleep?  No I haven't stopped or started any medication.  I've looked online but can't seem to find anything. 

 Sounds like RLS to me.  I get it occasionally, but only occasionally, so I don't medicate for it.  Its livable for me right now.  Its a feeling like you just have to move your legs and no matter what you do, your mind can't overcome that feeling.  Mine sometimes goes away if I get up and walk a little bit.  It doesn't necessarily happen only at night.

Billie531273504114.6418955 PostsRegistered 2/9/2007VA

I get RLS occasionally too, I've found that something anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen helps...I guess it works on the nerve endings...

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RickyRocky1273508618.347736 PostsRegistered 2/16/2007

Thanks for your replies.  I guess I will look into RLS.  I didn't realize that RLS could strike in the daytime.  I always thought it was something that happened at night, when you laid down to go to sleep. 

Tabbycat1273545110.4072835 PostsRegistered 12/2/2007

I agree it sounds like RLS. I used to have it most every night... and only at night. Mine was caused by one of my meds, I'm sure. I still occasionaly get it.

 The only thing that ever gave me relief was something I got at the Dollar General store called Arthritis Hot. I would take and rub it from the tips of my toes and all over my foot ( it is usually in only one leg for me ) all the way to my hip. I imagine any of the icy/hot type of creams would work. If you have any on hand, it wouldn't hurt to give it a try.  I know how totally aggravating this can be...I feel for you. 

Tabby
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Irshgrl312­011273545372.814828 PostsRegistered 3/14/2006

This happened to me after I had back surgery. It happened during the day and at night. My doctor first thought it was RLS but then found out it was because I had and iron and potassium deficiency when my blood was tested. I started supplements for both and it cleared up quickly. It drove me absolutely crazy though.

Alpine Blo­ssom1273547337.0539867 PostsRegistered 10/2/2008WI

I get this every now and then, not often enough to ask for a prescription.  This is what works for me, one aspirin and one Aleve (naproxen sodium). 

LaterGator1273548249.00710272 PostsRegistered 1/9/2007

I've had RLS for maybe 30 years and one of my daughter also has it.  It does happen during the day it's just we don't notice it as much cause we're usually moving around.  It flares up for me when I take benadryl.  I don't know why but that aggravates it. 

AZ1273592591.81377 PostsRegistered 6/5/2006

  OH Yes, I know exactly what your talking about....it could be restless leg syndrome.  Mine usually happens at night when I'm really tired....my legs want to keep going.  Be stretched to the point I can't stretch them anymore and give them no relief.  I have taken magnesium, potassium and zinc and they do help.  I was on prescription Neurontin but I did not like that stuff, it mde me feel weird. 

AnikaBrodie1273598790.3515385 PostsRegistered 1/29/2008The NE state of mountains and valleys

I first thought of restless leg syndrome too.  I always get that at night and sometimes it wakes me up.  I usually try to stretch my legs to stop RLS but usually have to get up and walk around for it to subside.  Do a google search on RLS for info.

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santorini1273599013.8737177 PostsRegistered 1/26/2007

I have that too.  My dad has it so bad that he takes Requip for it, but mine isn't that severe.  It used to be much worse (all during the day but rarely at night) until I read that two things that might aggravate the condition are carbonated drinks and sinus medication.  I stay away from those things now and it's much better.

BLH1273599560.5431576 PostsRegistered 1/21/2009

I have RLS and the ferritin level in my blood was low.  I take requip and iron supplements.

Texas Barb­ie1273599627.043523 PostsRegistered 12/7/2006Spring, Texas

I get the same thing and was diagnosed with Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).  There are some great medications for that.  I do stretches that stretch out the back of the lower half of my legs and that really helps too.  I do have to take Requip for the problem as well.

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Silver Lin­ing1273601882.123656 PostsRegistered 4/15/2010

My doctor gave me a prescription for Requip. My RLS is completely unpredictable. It's happened during air travel, but not always. I agree with others in that it probably happens sometimes when it isn't as noticeable such as on busier days. Of course, it's worse at night when you're trying to sleep.

For me there seems to be some kind of trigger after I've taken OTC or prescription medications that have sedating effects.

I've not had the Requip filled as I would rather avoid taking prescription drugs on a daily basis for it. I take a multvitamin/multimineral that probably helps and various home remedies.

I only recently discovered these boards and have been interested in reading what others have tried.

kayt1273607497.4833278 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004

I get the exact same feelings that you are getting and I just figured it was RLS.  It hasn't happened lately but when I got it, I would almost go crazy not knowing what to do with my legs to make them feel better.

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