Re: Soap trick
Years ago I finally realized I had RLS. At that time it went like this--you only had it in your feet or legs (that's why it is called Restless Legs Syndrome), pain was not associated with the feelings and the symptoms kept you awake, they never woke you up.
Now we know that RLS can affect any and many body parts. You can have pain or no pain and yes, it can wake you up from a sound sleep. The more we learn, the more we realize we do not understand this disease. That's one reason the name is being changed. If you talk to friends, family and many doctors and tell them you have RLS but it is in your hands or torso and you have pain with it, they will tell you that it cannot be RLS. Perceptions must change as we learn more about it.
As for the soap, I have tried it and it didn't work. Many of my friends tried it and it didn't work. There is no scientific proof or evidence that it works. IF soap has magnesium in it (which can sometimes help), it cannot get into your body especially if it is still wrapped up. Logically it just cannot help.
Now before anyone tars and feathers me, let me say this. Just because there is no scientific evidence, that does not mean it won't work. If it's all in your head, who cares? If something helps you, use it. Unless, of course, it is harmful or dangerous. Many people claim to have a "miracle lotion" made up of secret ingredients from their Aunt Bessie or some-such. When they rub it on their legs, they get relief. Could be. I think it is probably just the rubbing that helps but who knows? As long as it is not touted as a cure, I'm okay with it.
And finally, just because you have an MD or PhD behind your name does not mean you know it all. None of us do. Go to the RLS website and educate yourself from a site that is reputable and reliable. If you know more than your doctor, maybe he/she will give you a discount on your bill!