so my doctor who is the sleep specialist had me get a blood test ferritin. My iron stores are ridiculous low. apparently that can cause restless leg. so we shall see what he recommends, Iron supplements nake me so sick.
Fitness Minutes: (5,485) Posts: 5 11/10/15 1:57 A
Yes its horrible. Most often if I take the tramadol or my anxiety medication Hydroxyzine it won't affect me as bad. However I have cut back on the pills and only take them if I have had pain higher than a #5 for over half the day.
Horrible restless leg. If i take any diphenhydramine or zonisamide, i have horrible crawly painful legs. I have put super hot arthritis cream with capcasin on my legs because the pain from the burn is more bearable than the shooting stabbing tingling pain.
Fitness Minutes: (1,050) Posts: 199 11/30/13 2:41 A
I treat my RLS with nuts, calcium, magnesium, and milk. If I miss eating nuts at least 3-4 times a week I can't sleep because of the RLS. Same if I run out of magnesium. I take the calcium because the doctor suggested it. If the RLS flares I drink a glass of milk and sweep and mop my floors, we don't have carpet. Being up and moving sometimes quiets the pain. It is awful. But I'm on so many meds I'm trying to not add another. I sometimes get the jumpy pain during the day too. Then I eat nuts for sure. Just an ounce.
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Fitness Minutes: (150) Posts: 3 11/5/13 10:11 P
I have RLS. My sleep specialist had my Ferritin levels checked and they were low so I was put on Ferritin supplements until the levels increased (it took a couple of months). My levels are still on the low side of normal but it is enough to really help the RLS. I rarely feel that jumpy feeling in my legs any more whereas before it would happen even when I wasn't trying to sleep but just sitting there a book or something.
I'm wondering if anyone here is also being treated for RLS. I've recently started taking Requip for my restless legs, and the improvement in my overall pain has been remarkable. I am sleeping better and am not all knotted up. It's only been a week, but I am feeling optimistic to be finally getting some relief. Just curious to hear if anybody else has had the same experience.
Edited by: TOPAZ-TURTLE at: 10/13/2013 (13:45)
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