Re: Is there a Restless BODY Syndrome?
I think there is, in fact I know there is. I have a bad case of RLS, and the sensation I have sometimes covers my whole body. When that happens, I feel like jerking my body for relief. I get the relief but only for a short time, like 15 seconds or so.
I used to think that the restlessness in my legs and body was due to humidity in a cold night. I'd get under the blanket because it's cold, then 10 seconds later I'd get out of it because it's too warm. I'd toss and turn, blanket off, blanket on, etc., until I fall asleep hours later. When the body gets the feeling, I'd tighten my arms next to my torso, then jerk. When my wife is not in bed with me, I'd sometimes give out a yell with the jerk. The harder I tense my body and jerk the longer the relief.
People describe the RLS sensation in different ways, but I think all are feeling the same thing. I would describe it as a "buzz" in my legs. When the "buzz" gets into my whole body, often, like you, I have to stand up and walk around. Right now typing, this I feel the "buzz" in my legs.
My neurologist discovered my RLS quite accidently. I went to a sleep clinic for
sleep apnea testing. They found that I not only have a bad case of sleep apnea (I've been sleeping with a CPAP machine. It breathes for me when I stop), but also RLS. They said I moved my legs over a thousand times AND jerked my body about a 100 times. The doctor prescribed Parkinson's disease medication for me (I forgot which one) to counter the jerks.
Last edited by Sifufor; 04-25-2006 at 02:09 AM.