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Old 02-10-2013, 03:11 AM   #1
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RLS and diet

I have had RLS forever, it feels like, but it really has been about 20 years. I use 6mg Requip, 900mg Neurontin and 2 Vicodin regularly. The symptoms are well controlled with this regimen, but I would like to know from others what they have tried to relieve the symptoms. That is a lot of drugs that work solely in the brain and I don't feel as "sharp" as I used to be.
Please don't tell me to try really weird things, but I am curious if others have found foods that make it better or make it worse.

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Re: RLS and diet

I have found that alcohol makes it much worse. I take calcium and magnesium before bed along with Sinemet. Current theory is that RLS is caused by dopamine deficiency, and there are some good antidepressant meds that enhance dopamine. The best in my opinion is bupropion (Wellbutrin) and I take that daily in AM. Vit D deficincy may aggravate it too, as well as iron deficiency, and you can get those levels checked in blood and supplement them if low. There is also an RLS foundation that has literature, etc. available for people who suffer from this condition. I have had it 20+ years too, and it is better with all the stuff I take, but not gone.

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Old 02-10-2013, 07:34 AM   #3
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Thanks. I have seen the alcohol be an issue, and sugar as well. I've tried Sinemet in the past and it was short lived because of the augmentation it caused. I've had ferritin levels checked. I have used Magnesium in the past but not in conjunction with Calcium, I'll try it. I have been to the RLS website, each time I go there I leave disappointed because there is nothing new. I am fortunate enough to see a Sleep Medicine MD and she did make a suggestion to me that I have found helpful. Take the meds the same time every day, and it does help. If I forget to stay on my routine it's hell to pay to eliminate the jumps when they've started. Vit. D I'll try also. Thanks.

Old 02-24-2013, 02:01 PM   #4
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Try taking vitamin e. I have been suffering and looking for remedies and I came across a study for Vitamin E. I take 3-4 200 ius a day. Some people take even more. It helps a lot. I would make sure it doesn't react with any meds your taking. It worked within 15 minutes for me. I also take magnesium but I started that after the E. good luck

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