I believe I have just developed this. I am trying several things before I go to the doctor. So far I am taking alleve every day, a vitamin pill with iron, extra magnesium and have tried several night time sleep aids but nothing seems to be helping.
I think Osteo Bi Flex helped with the knee pain but not the strange unpleasant feelings in my legs and the urge to keep moving them at night which is preventing me from getting any sleep. I'm so tired I'm about ready to mix a brandy with nyquil to see if that will work!
Does anyone have anymore ideas for me to try before I go to the doctor?
I would have a sleep study. Restless leg can be a sign of Sleep Apnea.
I can't recall the names right now but I do know for a fact that there are a couple REAL medicines that relieve the symtoms. There's no need to suffer or fiddle around with old wives tales and "my brother's wife's sister's dog's vet used" silliness.
<br /> The "real" medicines are dopamine agonists--Requip (Ropinorole) or Mirapex (pramipexole). Very low doses of these are approved for RLS-they were the first FDA drugs approved. Horizant is a new one, but it's a bit different and it's not yet generic. Magnesium does help for some. Valerian root--data around it can be controversial. I'd take a low dose of a dopamine agonist-very few adverse events at such low doses. Doses up to 20 times the amount are used to help treat parkinsons. Requip dosing could go for PD up to 24 mg. a day--for rls-you'd take a fraction of that dose--fairly safe overall. High doses for PD can be more problematic.
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I got my Magnesium today. Question - Would those who say Mag helps take it at night, for it to be more effective? Or do you just take it in the morning with your other vitamins? TIA for any help.
<br /> I've had restless legs off and on for years. I can't pinpoint what causes it. What does help me is either take two regular Tylenol right before bed or two magnesium tablets.
I can't take Benadryl as it gives me so much energy I'm up all night long; I'm "wired".
<br /> Thanks for your response! I did take one Mag tab last night, just for kicks. I don't have the RLS every night but I might just go with it at night and see how that goes. I also have some Calcium Citrate. Maybe I'll put that with my night time regimen. Any of the vitamins I can remove from the morning thing is probably helpful anyway, as I have a hella time gagging them down in the morning.
I can take Benadryl and it does make me drowsy, but it also dries me out terribly. Also, I have asthma so I'm not really supposed to take Benadryl at all. But the night I tried it last (a few nights ago) I had an awful case of RLS. The Benadryl definitely didn't help.
That's exactly the right thing to do, and magnesium is an excellent healthy heart supplement, as well as being the #1 helper for Fibromyalgia BTW.
Plus, the two supplements about <em>20 minutes before bedtime</em> will help you fall and stay asleep, as well as balance each other out GI-wise; calclium can be constipating and magnesium can be 'loosening' for some.
And because your body can't absorb more than 600 mg. of calcium at one time, take 600 mg. of it in the AM, and the other 600 mg. (women need 1200mg./day) at bedtime with your magnesium; 400 mg. is a good strength, and citrate is the most-absorbable form.
It's also better to be take holistic supplements of things that the body needs, rather than o.t.c.'s like Benadryl.
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P.S.: it's easier to swallow pills in the morning if you do it during breakfast/snacktime with a hot/warm beverage. Said someone whose been on many daily prescriptions and supplements since her 20's. ;)
As my post looks weird - thanks, QVC - I tried to edit it, but to no avail.
Noticed this yesterday too; anyone else having this issue?
OP, I do get this several times a year, but not as bad as you do. I think once I was told that it could be a vitamin deficiency. But I don't recall which one. Sorry.
I always take my magnesium about 30 minutes to an hour before I go to bed, or before I go on long car trips or airplanes.
I thought there was a thread about this that also had sleeping pills (not Ambien) that helped. Or maybe it was just a post about not sleeping. I am so bad at finding things on here. Does anyone remember it and help me find it .
I've heard the Ben Gay thing before.
I get this sometimes, thankfully seldom, in my right leg and right arm. It is exasperating and usually lasts a couple of hours, at least.
I do keep some Benadryl on hand and maybe next time I'll try that. I've been reading this thread for ideas. Not everybody can go to a doctor, so it's nice to see what else has worked for people. :)
I do have some soap under my sheets, from something I read here a while back. I have had this happen a couple of times since I put it there, so not sure if that is working. Maybe because I don't have big bars of soap, but a couple of those littles ones you get when you stay in a hotel. heh
Why does soap work, or people say it works?
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Hey Shoey! I don't know on the soap thing. I do know that 'hotel soap' doesn't work. :) I tried that because they are small. Just from this thread I learned it s/b lavender soap. Lavender scent makes me gag so I'm not sure if I want to try that.
I think it's just one of those 'old wives tales' types of things.
Meanwhile I got some Calcium Citrate and some Magnesium. I have been taking that about an hour before bedtime with my handful of almonds. Almonds are on the list of things that are supposed to help you sleep, and I have severe sleep problems plus it's always better to take supplements with food. So far, so good with the Calc & Mag.
Last night I was having a particularly difficult time, primarily due to extreme pain, and I even thought I started to feel that RLS anxiety in my right leg, but (thankfully!) it went away. I think, short of being able to go to doctors and get Rx meds, the calcium citrate and magnesium are probably one of the better ideas.
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I too have had this condition for a very long time and now it is virtually gone. I started taking Glycine from the health food store - 2 capsules about 2 hours before bedtime. I also take magnesium and B12. Used to take Xanax and it still broke through. I don't like taking anything but natural remedies. Good luck.
I have almonds, so I guess that I'll give them a try.
Anyone know where I can find the thread about the sleeping pills?
that "soap business" is a bunch of hogwash
I take ibprofen to help with arthritis and this at night seems to help when my legs go crazy at night.
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