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Helen6090 03-08-2013 04:18 PM

Is having restless legs a medical condition?
 
My mum gets this when she's tired and I used to laugh at her legs dancing around. Now I get it but I don't laugh at myself. Seriously is it necessary to take pills to combat this? Its only because your tired surely??

Dandy33 03-08-2013 08:43 PM

Re: Is having restless legs a medical condition?
 
[SIZE="2"][COLOR="Navy"]Yes it is a medical condition and very horrible too!
I have found that certain meds result in my having an attack so I will not take them. One of them that my doc tries to get me to take is for depression..sorry but I cannot remember the name of it.
You and your mother may well have different things that make it occur.[/COLOR][/SIZE]

Donatelife 03-15-2013 01:49 PM

Re: Is having restless legs a medical condition?
 
[QUOTE=Helen6090;5143978]My mum gets this when she's tired and I used to laugh at her legs dancing around. Now I get it but I don't laugh at myself. Seriously is it necessary to take pills to combat this? Its only because your tired surely??[/QUOTE]

Make sure your not retaining fluid-- that will also cause what i call " shakey legs" my fiance used to do it all the time until we found out it was because of his CHF. When he lays down at night now, I still can tell if he needs to take a water pill...

jacksinn1966 08-13-2013 10:17 PM

Re: Is having restless legs a medical condition?
 
Your mom should not take over the counter cold medications. Her legs will go wild. Nothing that stops you from throwing up(anti-emetics) except Zofran. And Yes antidepressants make it worse.

ladybud 08-14-2013 05:18 AM

Re: Is having restless legs a medical condition?
 
RLS is a medical condition, and caused by dopamine deficiency. It can cause serious sleep disruption, and can be treated with a variety of things, medications, heat, massage, Magnesium and calcium supplements. It can be caused by low iron as well, so a ferritin (stored iron) level should be checked and if under 100, iron should be taken as a supplement. It is not just from being tired. Can be hereditary. Neurologists treat it, plus sleep specialists.

Dandy33 08-14-2013 06:29 AM

Re: Is having restless legs a medical condition?
 
I have been able to control this and my leg cramps by drinking sparkling water which does contain magnesium.

hwkpau 08-14-2013 10:53 AM

Re: Is having restless legs a medical condition?
 
I have had bad restless legs since 2007. Have had it all my life just got worse to the point of no sleep. I took requip for it up till 6 months ago when I decided I didn;t want to take any meds anymore. ( my son has serious liver problems) Some nights are better than others but exercise is the key. Treadmill with high incline at least 30 mins a day. But I find that leg muscles are always tight.


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