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Posted by Truman
on July 21, 1999 at 11:49:41:
I just found this site the other day; possibly what I might write will be 'old hat' to most of you. I have RLS and fight it each bedtime. I had the first 'lightning strikes' between knees and hips back in 1990 when recovering from knee replacement. I thought it was simply nerve reaction to the surgery, I was taking Vicodin for post-op pain and this probably helped tolerate the strange new sensations. It did not become a nightly event until about 2 years ago. Doctors to whom I described the unbearable symptoms, for the most part, looked blankly at me when I told of the episodes and attempted to describe the grueling shooting stabs of screwed up nerve transmissions thru the thigh areas. Recently my orthopedic surgeon offered this explanation of its cause. In effect he said..."the spinal cord is bathed in spinal fluid which percolates up and down the cord as we move around and nourishes nerves, keeps them from drying out, and generally does what it is supposed to do. When we lie down in bed the percolating stops , and are possibly not entirely covered in fluid, wwhich might cause the nerves to twitch and fire off the messages that lead to our pain & discomfort..." I get up and walk in place for 2-3 minutes, get back in bed, and then have to repeat in a few minutes. Usually, two walk-offs does it, along with Tylenol-3 or Vicodin(when I;m fortunate enough to have some. Luck to all. Truman
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