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Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
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steve19438    Posted 01-06-2004 at 09:47:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
does anyone suffer from this malady? if so how do you deal with it???? please email me if you do not care to discuss it here.

Matt's wife    Posted 01-06-2004 at 19:16:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have it and my dad does too. My dad is an old diabetic and thinks it is related to his neuropathy (nerve damage from diabetes), and certain drugs and vitamin deficiencies have helped at certain times.
Me - i am under 30 and not diabetic, but it seems to get worse when i am pregnant. I have found an institute on the web that studies it and was helpful. Usually i just put on a pair of socks when it bothers me, and i can get some sleep.

Sid    Posted 01-06-2004 at 17:00:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to have RLS and it drove me nuts. I have been diagnosed with sleep Appnea. I sleep with a CPAP machine and it has made a big difference for the better.This is not an attempt to give medical advice but I would really recamend she talke to the neurologist about the possibility of sleep Apnea. If you type in Sleep Apnea and do a search there is a lot of intresting reading. I used to think I was healthy just getting old and lazy. Most people have no idea how serious this is.

Gene SC    Posted 01-06-2004 at 15:14:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
My dad has it (75) and I have it(55) he has
been to doctors for yrs. with no REAL results
they thought it was (a mental thing) at first
and the finally decided it has to be neurological
problem. he has some med (don't know what) that
helps some but still has trouble. it's just a
PAIN IN THE A$$, I mean legs, LOL for sure

Lazy Al    Posted 01-06-2004 at 12:32:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to be bothered by it but it kinda went away . Couldn't go to a movie because I couldn't sit thru a whole movie with out wigglin all over the place .
RLS and cramps are two different things I'm thinking . With RLS you just have to wiggle your legs. I can't even explain the feeling . with cramps your mussels cramp up and really hurts and you can't hardly move .

donna in wv    Posted 01-06-2004 at 12:05:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
steve hubby had a rough year before we moved to w.v and his new doctor said she was going to try an old remedy[she was a pharmacist before she was an md]and she prescribed quinine sulfate it's primarily a malaria drug but it works like a charm after 1 mo he's back to sleeping all night.

collie    Posted 01-06-2004 at 12:21:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where would a person get Quinine sulfate, would you need a prescription?

donna in wv    Posted 01-06-2004 at 17:34:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
quinine sulfate is a prescription but cuz it's and old fashioned drug so it's reaaly cheap like $7-$8 for a month

collie    Posted 01-06-2004 at 19:06:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Next time I go to the Doctor I will be asking about the quine. Thanks for the info.

toolman    Posted 01-06-2004 at 18:34:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks donna i,ll tell collie we,re in canada so it might be different , i told her to call the pharmacy and ask if they have it here.

toolman    Posted 01-06-2004 at 12:47:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
hello dear, folks this is my wife ,at least i hope it is haha are you working or playing on the computer.collie suffers from this , and first i had very little patience and she would drive me crazy all night long until i realized that this is a serious problem especially for the people who suffer through it , wake up more tired than when she went to bed,i hope there is a treatment for it , i have read some stuff and one drug they use is a parkinson,s drug.

Willy-N Here    Posted 01-06-2004 at 12:27:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not sure if you need a prescription tho. Mark H.

collie    Posted 01-06-2004 at 11:56:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I suffer from rls and it is no fun. The doctor has prescribed the medication for parkinsons, but I have not started to use it. Hot baths, liniments, calcuim and a muscel relaxer is what I have been doing. Sometimes it will work other times I walk the floor all night. It is very frustrating, you can not control the movement in your legs, it can drive you crazy. I don't know if this was any help. Best of luck

sdg    Posted 01-06-2004 at 11:56:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
my mom takes quinine[sp] for leg cramps, etc.

cowlady    Posted 01-06-2004 at 10:09:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
My grandmother suffered from this, her feet would cramp and toes would contract, and the Dr. said it can be caused by too much calcium. That was several years ago, and his advice was trade in the warm milk at bedtime for a shot of whiskey! That seemed to help her sleep, but I wouldn't try it on my teenager! I also remember my mother giving grandma leg massages with witch hazel. What does your Dr. say?

bob    Posted 01-06-2004 at 16:27:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
my mother has the nervous legs and dr gave her some pills which helps now to get to leg cramps which is a different ball game you can be low in pottasuim. when i was using lIPATOR i HAD THEM EVERY NIGHT started eating a bannah once a day but fianally got off med as banaha had too much carb in for diabetic eat half one some days

steve19438    Posted 01-06-2004 at 10:48:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
this question is actually for my 86 yr. young mother. RLS is driving her up a wall, particularly at night. her doctor is now referring her to a neurologist.

Mac/MS    Posted 01-06-2004 at 10:03:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A friend of mine has RLS. Doctor gave him Carbidopa/Levodopa also known as Sinemet. Same med my father takes for Parkinsons. Friend said it worked well for him.

slimjim    Posted 01-07-2004 at 06:17:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
wife had this problem a few years ago. a lady she worked with said try calcium-mag-zink, all equal amounts in one pill. stopped her leg cramps right away. you can get them at walmart.

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