Hi. I have had severe Rls for nearly 40yrs. The closest i.ve gotten to help is using Sinemet and more recently, Pexola. Neither really help, so ive used Valium with them. Recently it has been so bad i have to tie my legs to the bed, as i jerk violently every few seconds. Last night i took 4 valiums, to no avail. I have not slept now for over 48hrs. I am desperate, as it also gets into my wrists and elbows. Any suggestions, as over this period i have tried all bar chopping my legs off.
I've had this problem from time to time myself, as does my husband on a more frequent basis. While neither of us have had testing done - I recently read about a woman who had her ferritin levels checked - which I think has to do with iron levels & possibly anemia. She says doctors don't often run tests to determine this as a possible cause but you could do some research & see if it might make sense for you.
I know I do better by taking a powdered magnesium supplement at night. I get it at my local health food store & think it works better than the capsule or tablet forms.
I hope you find a solution that works well for you & share it with the rest of us!
Last edited by Morwic; 10-26-2009 at 07:38 PM.
Except for the length of time, those are the same symptoms I had. If you are taking iron pills, that may not be enough. I started introvenus iron from a hemotologist and my symptoms which were severe, went away with the second treatment. My iron was so low, that I was getting introvenous iron twice a week. You might want to get a complete blood test done.