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#1 Purr

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 03:25 AM

I have a cousin who suffers from restless leg syndrome (RLS). She's taking generic medication and it helps, but she says she's trying to find a way to treat it without meds. She found an advertisement for a book that is suppose to tell you how to get off of the meds and never have a problem with RLS again. It's ONLY $29.95. I'm a skeptic :closedeyes: and think it's just a money grabber. Has anyone seen anything about this book? Or does anyone know of a way to help relieve RLS without meds? My cousin, Marcie, and I would really appreciate your input.


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#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 05:45 AM

Hi Purr,

There really aren't any well-kept secrets in the field of medicine, especially since the dawn of the internet. If you know where to look -- meaning, all the major reputable sites that are not selling secret cures or elixers -- health searching can become much easier!

In this case, the Mayo Clinic has a page on how to deal with restless leg syndrome without drugs. One thing that it doesn't mention on the page (you have to go back further) is that restless legs is a common side effect of anti-depressants and other medications, so sometimes simply changing a medication is all it takes to resolve the problem. Anyway, here's the link: Mayo Clinic, Restless Leg Syndrome, Lifestyle and Home Remedies.

As you can see, there isn't exactly a "magic" cure for it, but you can bet, if an entire book was written on the topic, it is not pointing to a single, easy thing to do, either. It is more likely than not rehashing all the same old, long-proven things to help arrest the condition. A further source of knowledge would, of course, be your sister's sleep doctor. They might not really push the natural things that can be done, because most of us are pushing for a pill we can take to resolve everything.
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Posted 15 November 2010 - 04:48 PM

Pur,
I just went to the doctor today because I have been having trouble with my legs aching and cramping. I looked at Restless Leg Syndrome online but my legs don't move at night. My sister has it so badly she literally wears out her bottom sheet! I searched Achy Legs and one of the cause was RLS. My doctor checked my pulses in my legs and ruled out circulation issues, one by one we knocked off all the other causes and the bottom line was whatever I have is not bad enough to take daily medicine and I will just have to deal with it. He said he gets cramps sometimes, too. I guess it's just a part of that wonderful process called aging.

My husband told me he read that putting a bar of soap underneath your sheet helps. It's worth a shot. Good luck!

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 05:13 PM

Hi Pur,

I take generic Mirapex for my RLS. No side effects whatsoever and it does a great job but takes about an hour to go to work. :emoticon-insomnia:

My RLS started with the indescribable creeping crawly feeling that I needed to tighten my muscles to make it feel better and now has turned into uncontrollable jerks and involuntary movements.

Before I went to meds I tried the soap thing - does not work - too bad :(

Good luck to your cousin! Hope she finds relief soon but I wouldn't be afraid of the meds.

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 01:38 AM

I should have also mentioned that the next page on the Mayo site is about Alternative treatments for Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). There it recommends testing for some deficiencies, such as iron, folic acid, vitamin B, and magnesium.

On the advice of my doctor, years ago I found that magnesium sometimes reduces my occurrence of muscle spasms and cramps; but I don't have restless leg syndrome. And supplementation without a deficiency does no good, and in the case of scleroderma, can sometimes be adverse. So it is better to get tested for any suspected vitamin or mineral deficiencies and heed doctor's advice.
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Posted 16 November 2010 - 02:27 AM

Hi Purr

I have suffered with Restless Leg Syndrome in the past, although at that time I didn't realise it could be associated with Scleroderma.

I didn't actually investigate it any further, or take any medication and it seems to have resolved itself as I haven't had it for quite a while.

I do hope your cousin is able to find some relief from the discomfort.

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