What can i do to relieve Restless Leg Syndrome at night?

Bevvie - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 37 moms have responded )

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I have RLS really bad at night and even though i am dead tired, i can't sleep because i need to "twitch" my left leg ever 20-40 seconds. It's very irritating. IS here anything i can do?

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Jereme Searls - posted on 10/13/2012

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Im only 23 and i feel like cutting my legs off sometimes at night i have to keep my feet or legs moving constantly. i have had 3 spinal taps could this be related. btw im a dad not a mom lol

Candace - posted on 09/06/2009

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i have had RLS for many many years ( i am almost 39). mostly at night when i was ready for bed, but during my younger years when i went to many operas, ballets, and broadway shows it would strike right about intermission and i would be miserable during the duration of the event. for me, when i fell asleep i was good to go. some people have it so bad it wakes them up in the middle of the night. i have tried most of the remedies listed and none ever worked for me. i love and ate bananas, i always drink tons of water, while i was pregnant i was taking lots of calcium and magnesium (suggested by my midwives), taking lots of hot baths and showers. my family doctor prescribed clonazepam...generic for clonopin (sp?) (a year or so before i had 1st child and before the 2 RLS medications came out on market). she checked my iron and did neurological tests first. not suppose to take it while your pregnant. it works wonders! they prescribe it in 1/2, 1, 1.2, and 2 mg doses. i have 1/2 and i only take as necessary. if i take one 1/2 hr. before bed i never have symptoms. i usually wait to see how i'm feeling before i take 1, which just means i am awake a little while w/some symptoms before they go away/i go to sleep. love it!! very bummed when i have been pregnant 3x and haven't been able to take it since the symptoms tend to multiply. my doctor and i decided not to change to the RLS medications that are now on the market because they involve building up your tolerance to a standard a mount, where as w/what i take i take the least amount as needed. there have truly only been a few times i have needed to take 2 pills, which the doc. says i ok since i am on the lowest dose. hope this helps.

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Stretch, Stretch, Stretch those legs. You can lean over and try to touch your toes or hold onto your calves and pull slowly and steadily. (Hold as long as possible before releasing and stretching again). I usually have to stretch for at least 3-5 minutes. Another method is to keep a small towel near your bed, while laying down on your back and holding both ends of the towel, pull your straightened leg towads your face with the towel wrapped around your calf. This method has the same results as the standing stretch, but is gentler on your back.

Monica - posted on 09/05/2009

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My father in law has it. He eats a banana a day (for potassium) and also drinks a glass of tonic water in the evening. Yes, quinine is in it, so before you drink it, check with your doctor to make sure you have no underlyiing heart problems. My father also did this and neither of them had any problems. Good Luck. Let us know how this works.

Sherry - posted on 09/05/2009

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I have restless leg also, Mine is worse the higher my blood sugar gets. It also effects my arms. My Dr. has put me on Requip and also Lyrica. I know some people do not like to rely on medication, but this has stopped it in it`s tracks. I feel like a new person. Good luck.

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Caroline - posted on 09/06/2009

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Quoting Karen:

My name is Karen and have RLS among many other issues but mine was bad enough to take medication so I take Neurontin. If I don't my RLS comes back with a vengeance.
Talk to your doctor because there is also some new medications just for it.



I use to take Neurontin for mine as well and I have other issues with Auto Immune stuff as well.



The weight gain with the Neurontin was awful and would not come off no matter what I and my Dr. did so, I now take Ultra CR and Trazadone 2 hrs before bedtime and it really helps. I also sit in the recliner with a lavendar and other herbs pack around my neck which really helps me relax. Hope that helps I know it is really a pain to have. Oh also water water water and bananas at least one a day just before bed.

Caroline - posted on 09/06/2009

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Quoting Maria:

My husband has the same problem. He says taking calcium daily is the only thing that has ever helped him. As women we need the calcium anyway so you can't lose.



  Just make sure you take Calcium with D vitamin and you should take 800 units but don't take them all at the same times or the excess you will just pee out. I take 250 Morning, afternoon, and an hr. before bed.

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I found that securing my leg against the wall and the bed helped me get to sleep. If it any consolation, it goes after the baby is born. x

Sherry - posted on 09/05/2009

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well to honest with you i,ve never had this problem before due to the fact that i ate healthy , took prenatal vitamins,stayed active by working all the way until one week before i had my child by doing this i also found that my labour was less painful then if i had sat at home the whole time! maybe this advice might help!

Laura - posted on 09/05/2009

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Get your iron checked. There is a correlation between anemia and restless leg symptoms. Otherwise it's a neurological issue.

Karen - posted on 09/04/2009

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My name is Karen and have RLS among many other issues but mine was bad enough to take medication so I take Neurontin. If I don't my RLS comes back with a vengeance.
Talk to your doctor because there is also some new medications just for it.

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Tonic water as it contains quinine,I had a script for quinine but the took it off the market due to supposed Heart problem.

Lois - posted on 09/03/2009

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Get your iron checked. My husband had that problem and we dealt with different sleep apnea studies and sleep specialists and he took pills and so forth and finally one doctor checked his iron and it was low and he no longer has this problem. Such a simple answer.

Gina - posted on 09/03/2009

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I really don't know if this would help... But I am thinking this relates itself to people who have low blood sugar problems. (Hypoglycemia) I have experienced this also, and even in my hands and arms. It is so nerve racking, and I almost felt like a bit claustraphobic in fear because it made me feel like omg... Is this ever gonna go away!?! Anyway, For some reason I felt that this was in relation to my sugar being low, so I took like 1-2 teaspoons of sugar. (white) and within a few minutes the feeling was gone! So, maybe if all else fails, you could give this a try.. I hope it works out! :-))

Lisa - posted on 09/03/2009

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I have found the only thing that helps me, is an extremly hot bath. not only does it take care of the RLS it relaxes the rest of my body so i can sleep. I have suffered from this for years and have tried some of the other things listed, and for me, they didnt work. I also keep a heavy blanket to cover up just my legs, the heat and the heaviness helps. good luck, i feel for you.

Diane - posted on 09/03/2009

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I had it during my pregnancy too. My mid-wife and doctor said it's okay to take 50 mg of benedryl. They said to not take two within 8 hours. I also found some homeopathic tablets called Hyland's Restful Legs. They both approved of that. You can find them in the natural foods section of a grocery store. They're small and very easy to dissolve.

Sally - posted on 09/03/2009

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I was told to eat more bananas as restless leg was caused by lack of calcium and something else which I can't remember but it definatley worked for me. I started eating 2 or 3 a day and drank more milk

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I will tell you what worked for me. One of my sisters told me to take Vitamin E. I started taking it and that did it.

Kathleen - posted on 09/03/2009

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Get your iron levels checked. It is the most common cause of RLS particularly because you say you are dead tired when this happens. I am betting your iron levels are very low

Erin - posted on 09/03/2009

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Sometimes it can be caused by being too hot or cold. Try a pair of socks in bed in winter or poking your feet out of bed in summer. Sounds silly but I get RLS really bad and even if my body doesn't feel too hot or cold, if I do this sometimes it works. Also sometimes there is nothing that works.

Kristi - posted on 09/03/2009

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I had RLS with all three pregnancies, but have also had it at other times, particularly after hot days on really hot nights. With my pregnancies I was told by my gyno to take calcium tablets and this worked, if I ever forgot to take them the RLS was back the next night so i knew that it was definately the cure for me. On hot evenings after hot days my is definately related to dehydration, so lots of water! Good luck because I know how annoying it is.

Jane - posted on 09/03/2009

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Quoting user:

What can i do to relieve Restless Leg Syndrome at night?

I have RLS really bad at night and even though i am dead tired, i can't sleep because i need to "twitch" my left leg ever 20-40 seconds. It's very irritating. IS here anything i can do?



how annoying! I get it too though not all the time. More so if I am very tired. Get plently of exercise during the day. I find a couple of paracetamol at bedtime really helps, and if it's still bad, a pillow between my knees can help



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massage, massage, massage and dont try to do it yourself it's just not the same. go see a medical massage therapist and tell them your problem they should be able to help you quite a bit. And when you stretch your legs try and stretch through your heal, dont point your toe it sort of like turns it on when you point. its hard to get used to but it can help alot.

Dani - posted on 09/02/2009

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I had really bad RLS through 2 pregnancies and kept it at bay in my third. My second pregnancy even my arms would drive me nuts and I would end up walking around the block at 3am. For my third I had a wonderful independant midwife who suggested MagPhos tissue salts. It's magnesium and phosphate (lots in bananas) which settles cramps and restlessness. Go to your local health food store and give it a try. I would feel my legs and/or arms get jittery and chew a 3-4 tablets (tasteless too) and it would go away. You can get it in spray form, spray it under your tongue for a quick reaction. RLS was the one thing that I really worried about when planning the third pregnancy, and this definately worked!

Kristy - posted on 09/02/2009

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Frequently, RLS is related to low iron. When I remember I will take my iron at night before going to bed. Also, doing leg stretches helps significantly as does starting an exercise program. I can't take the RLS medications because they make me to nauseated, but mine is severe enough that I take 1/2 a vicodin tab every night at bedtime. Good luck!

Toni - posted on 09/02/2009

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I had it whilst pregnant. I don' know if you're pregnant.

I used to go into my kitchen where I had stone tiles and just walk about on the cold tiles for about 10 mins and then sure enough I'd fall asleep no probs.
I still get RLS sometimes on very hot summer nights. I've found having a fan next to my bed blowing directly onto my legs works. Failing that I go downstairs to my stone tiles again.

Kelly - posted on 09/01/2009

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Hi,

I have RLS too..are you saying that the more water you drink the less it happens...wow i may try that..:)

Jackie - posted on 09/01/2009

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That's not really fixable. But here is what I did: eat bananas every day. Go to sleep as soon as you feel tired. Staying up even a little bit later than you should will bring it on strong and keep you up all night. Take a hot bath before bed too.

Maria - posted on 09/01/2009

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My husband has the same problem. He says taking calcium daily is the only thing that has ever helped him. As women we need the calcium anyway so you can't lose.

Sandi - posted on 09/01/2009

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Mine isn't too bad yet. Make sure your feet aren't cold. Don't have a fan or air conditioner hitting ur legs.. that might help

Tina-Marie - posted on 09/01/2009

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i know this sounds strange but as a nurse that has worked in long term care and surgical units i have seen this work. try putting a bar of soap under your sheets by your feet. they say that dial works best but i have also seen people use dove.

TANA - posted on 09/01/2009

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There are medications the doctor can prescribe if it is to bad. I found with mine the less I drink water the worse it is. Hydration really helps.

Amanda - posted on 09/01/2009

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I have that alot to, and then it brings on a charlie horse, I have been told to eat a banana in the evening and that would help, and have and it does help alot, also I have taken Unisome, for RLS too, when i dont want to eat a banana, I am pregnant with my second child and was told by my doctor that it helps as well, just do half a table, and she said the (blue) tablet is best, and safe for me and the baby.

Sharon - posted on 09/01/2009

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I get a weird RLS at night. When I get really tired I can't keep my legs still - its bizarre. All I have to do is go to sleep before it starts. I'm usually very very tired when I go to bed but if I don't go to bed before the RLS starts, I won't be able to fall asleep.



Failing that - I found during allergy season I don't get RLS becuase my late night meds help me sleep.

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