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Old 05-04-2013, 05:19 AM   #1
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3 questions about RLS!

Hello there everyone!

My name is Alexander, I'm a swedish guy at 23 years old, and this is my first post in this board. English isn't my native tongue, so if I'm making myself unclear in any way, please, by all means don't hesitate to tell me and scold me!

Anyways, I have 3 short questions regarding RLS which I would like to ask you. The first one isn't short, but I would be delighted if you could find the time to answer all of them.


My RLS have so far never shown itself in me waking up at nights because of spasms, and the only time I recall when I've felt the sensation that I really MUST walk around in order to soothe the horrifying feeling that RLS brings about is when I last studied at school (about 1 1/2 years from now), and subsequently sat down for hours a day studying. That and when I'm flying. It's annoying, but I could handle it. As far as I understand it, most people who openly talk about their RLS complain about insomnia, and how they can't attend to social activities like going to the movies or watching a play at the theater etc. So far this has never been a probem to me, thankfully (I do want you guys to know that if you're someone who have these problems, you have my fullest sympathies. It must be awful).

The sensation I'm feeling nowadays daily is a feeling of "uneasiness" and the occasional "creeping" in my lower, right leg. It's quite annoying, but it's never anything more than that. The problem for me is that it's a sensation that I feel all day, all the time. I've so far gotten the impression that RLS is only diagnosed as such when you have spasms which keep you from sleeping and sitting for a prolonged timeframe and participating in social activites? In any case, I can say this: I've reduced my coffe-drinking habits from 3 cups a day to 0 cups a day. I started this the day before yesterday, and I think I'm feeling a little better now. I'm also taking 15 mg of an antidepressant called Cipralex daily, but a week ago I took 20 mg. I'm trying to cut down on it you see, since I've heard that SSRI's such as Cipralex can cause RLS-like symptoms? How common is this?

I guess what I first want to ask is what really can be called RLS and what can't, and how common it is to feel RLS-like symptoms if you take antidepressants and drink coffee?


I started taking a supplement of magnesium yesterday to see if it helps with my symptoms. Is 300 mg magnesium a day enough, or should I go for more? How long does it take before I know that it is an extra dosage of magnesium that I need?


Is it ok to drink decaffeinated coffee?

I truly hope you find reading my post at least somewhat stimulating, and that you can find it in you to answer my questions.

Thanks in advance!

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