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Old 01-25-2010, 08:36 AM   #1
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Cool RLS and Diet Soda

I've had a relatively mild case of RLS for many years. It would typically reach full strength about an hour after going to bed, although I could often feel it coming on long before. At that point I would get up, stretch and exercise my legs then go back to bed and it would be gone. It did no good to exercise before the attack was fully developed.

What mystified me was that it would strike every night for months, then it would be gone for months! Why?? I couldn't explain it.

Then something happened that made me suspect diet soda. I drink it in the summer but not in the winter, which would explain the on and off pattern. In the middle of an 'off' period I went to a Pirate Party and drank several rum and diet cokes. I had RL for the next two nights.

I wondered about a possible connection so a few days later I drank a Coke Zero and had RL that night. I repeated the experiment several times and every time I drank Coke Zero I got RL.

This is just me, but maybe it will help someone else the same way. I plan to continue experimenting with other diet sodas and will post my results.


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Old 01-27-2010, 05:43 AM   #2
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Re: RLS and Diet Soda

I would say that the caffeine in the diet soda is a huge factor, plus any alcohol really sets my legs off. Sugar also is a trigger. Good to find these things out!

Old 02-10-2010, 01:09 PM   #3
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Re: RLS and Diet Soda

I would definitely say it was the diet soda. Diet sodas are sweetened with aspartame. Aspartame is toxic to the body. Do a search on Aspartame Dangers and you will not ever touch a diet soda again.

Old 02-27-2010, 11:30 PM   #4
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Re: RLS and Diet Soda

I have RLS badly after drinking any alcohol.

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