| | Re: IBS setting off restless legs - anyone else have this?
Im cured ! I got a laminectomy on my lower back to reduce pressure on a nerve that was causing sciatica. The doc told me that it was very unlikely to sort out the restless legs but it has improved my bowel function and stopped the restless legs in their track... as well as stopping the sciatic pain. It seems, according to a physiotherapist, that there are a lot of nerves in the lower back and if there is some aggravation to the area, the brain gets a bit muddled up in translating the signals that are emanating from the area. Its not unusual for back pain and injuries to be related to bowel problems and, in my case at least, the bowel problems were related to the legs - probably neither true IBS nor restless legs, although some of the symptoms of IBS do return from time to time. Right now, I dont really care and Im just enjoying the sensation of dropping off to sleep and then staying asleep. I really thought that it was a lost cause and that I would have to spend the rest of my life exhausted, tetchy and stressed due to lack of sleep. What Ive learned is this - DONT GIVE UP and keep trying different avenues; I was alreay getting some releif from using padama and horse chestnut extract as well as from cutting out caffeine. Anyway - It was good to hear from you all and I sincerely hope that you can find some relief. If my experiences can help one person then Ill be even more chuffed than I am already !