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restless legs syndrome

Mags39Mags39 Posts: 1Member Listener
edited July 2017 in Disabled people
I hav recently been diagnosed with restless legs syndrome is there any help or advice, I'm in constant pain, thanks xx

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  • moyrabingmoyrabing Posts: 2Member Listener
    Have you tried taking a magnesium supplement?  You can also buy magnesium flakes to out in your bath - it is recommended that you soak in this for 20 minutes.
    There are posts on other sites from people with RLS who say that magnesium really helps.
    Good luck if you try this.
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,361Administrator Scope community team
    Hi @Mags39 welcome to the community :)
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  • MatildaMatilda Posts: 2,596Member Disability Gamechanger
    My mother had RLS and her GP prescribed a mild dose of Valium which really helped. Ask your GP.
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,361Administrator Scope community team
    This is the info on the NHS site. There are also some medication suggestions on the site.  Have you been prescribed anything?

    Lifestyle changes
    A number of lifestyle changes may be enough to ease the symptoms of restless legs syndrome. These include:
    • avoiding stimulants in the evening – such as caffeine, tobacco and alcohol
    • taking regular daily exercise – but avoid exercising near bedtime
    • practising good sleep habits – for example, going to bed and getting up at the same time every day, not napping during the day, taking time to relax before going to bed, and avoiding caffeine close to bedtime
    • avoiding medicines that trigger the symptoms or make them worse – if you think medication is causing your symptoms, continue to take it and make an appointment to see your GP
    During an episode of restless legs syndrome, the following measures may help relieve your symptoms:
    • massaging your legs
    • taking a hot bath in the evening
    • applying a hot or cold compress to your leg muscles
    • doing activities that distract your mind, such as reading or watching television
    A small medical trial carried out in 2011 found a type of osteopathic exercise technique called positional release manipulation could be of benefit to people with restless legs syndrome. It involves holding different parts of the body in positions found to reduce feelings of pain and discomfort.
    Scope
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  • davidofqwertydavidofqwerty Posts: 1Member Listener
    I was diagnosed with RLS when I was 20. And I've had the extreme version of it which was also in my arms and neck. I'm now 40 and do not suffer from it any more because of a tablet called subutex which is used for heroin withdrawal in addicts. I started taking them 3 years ago and am currently taking 16mg per day. Within 35 minutes of taking it for the first time the RLS completely disappeared. I stopped taking them after 18 months and within 48hrs of stopping them the RLS returned with vengence, so 2 days later i started taking them again and again within 35 mins it completely stopped again and I'm still taking them today. I honestly believe the subutex saved my life.
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