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People who sit and shake their leg/s

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blueistheonlycolourwefeel Sat 18-Jul-15 11:06:46

Obviously I am not talking about people with neurological or physical conditions that make them have a tremor or shake.
I'm talking about people who sit and jiggle one or both legs.
There is a man say 2 seats away from me and all I can see is the constant juggle of his leg!! If he was sat next to me, my chair would shake and make me feel physically sick.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 18-Jul-15 11:09:56

My DH does this , I have to tap his knee to make him stop.

Suddengeekgirl Sat 18-Jul-15 11:13:52

I do it. blush

I have restless legs which is currently due to the antidepressants I'm on. I used to do it when I was PG too.

I bloody hope it stops when I come off the tablets as it makes me want to remove my legs with a bread knife!

Theycallmemellowjello Sat 18-Jul-15 11:15:40

Well he would be u if he actually was sitting next to you and shaking your chair. But he isn't. So it would be u of you to be bothered by him.

FeelingSmurfy Sat 18-Jul-15 11:16:13

I do this when I'm anxious, the alternative is getting and running away from the situation (noisy drs clinics etc)

U2HasTheEdge Sat 18-Jul-15 11:16:16

I do it loads.

We all do, my granddad did it, my dad and all of my siblings.

My mum is always hitting my leg and telling me to stop.

BabyFeets Sat 18-Jul-15 11:17:04

He might be nervous

StayWithMe Sat 18-Jul-15 11:17:46

I would feel sorry for some one that shook their legs like that, as I'd assume they were nervous or had a medical/physical problem.

EatShitDerek Sat 18-Jul-15 11:17:51

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RinkRashDerbyKisses Sat 18-Jul-15 11:20:30

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MarkRuffaloCrumble Sat 18-Jul-15 11:22:25

My DP has terrible restless legs. He doesn't even notice he's doing it and it certainly isn't a nervous thing, but sometimes happens when he's trying to relax but is also overtired (like a big toddler!) Maybe it's some vitamin deficiency or something, but he's the least nervous person I've ever met!

Apparently his ex used to get really pissed off with it, but I don't really mind as long as he's ok with it! However, I do get booted in bed occasionally.

Dynomite Sat 18-Jul-15 11:26:48

I do it, my dad, his brothers and their dad do it. I am completely unaware of it until someone points it out. There are all kinds of causes for me - when I'm stressed, angry, tired,hungry...I never knew it had a name though. I'll look it up.

OrionsAccessory Sat 18-Jul-15 11:27:39

Dh does this without really knowing he's doing it but he has giant legs that make the whole couch shake. I ask him to stop and he'll stop for a couple of minutes then it starts again. At that point I stab him in the leg with a pointy object I make him sit on the other couch.

whothehellknows Sat 18-Jul-15 11:29:54

I do this, but I never know that I'm doing it unless someone points it out and then I try to stop.

It isn't something that is done on purpose, it's a neurological condition. It tends to run in families and in some cases people do it in their sleep as well. (sharing a bed with my mum = no sleep)

When you force yourself to stop, it's actually quite uncomfortable.

Notso Sat 18-Jul-15 11:37:11

I do it too. My Mum always tells me off. I try and sit with my legs crossed but then I end up jiggling my foot.

BrianButterfield Sat 18-Jul-15 11:40:30

There's evidence that people who don't sit still are thinner as they naturally burn off more calories!

velvetspoon Sat 18-Jul-15 11:40:51

I do it a lot.

I find it really relaxing - if I've got any minor aches or pains (not just in my legs but anywhere) juggling my leg seems to relieve it...no idea why but it's relaxing. Well, for me at least, not for others I suspect!

wolf14 Sat 18-Jul-15 11:41:21

I do it. As effortlessly as breathing. I don't even know I'm doing it but think I do it for some good hours a day. My dh hates it but I can't help nor control it.

BrianButterfield Sat 18-Jul-15 11:41:48

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6725107.stm

zipzap Sat 18-Jul-15 11:42:46

It's Restless Leg Syndrome - well known, a condition in its own right and it's reckoned that 1 in 10 people experience it at some point in their lives...

www.nhs.uk/conditions/Restless-leg-syndrome/Pages/Introduction.aspx

And yup, I'm another one who has a leg or two that jiggle and I don't notice grin I used to get told off in school for it- and it was always a complete surprise to me as I never realised that I was doing it! lots of years later, still jiggling...

My DH (very laid back) and one of my 3 children do it - it is unconsciousand not a sign of nerves. It is annoying though. FIL and one of DH's brothers gavea genetic condition that gives them tremors but is almost totally controlled with beta blockers, but we don'tknow whether the ccompulsive jiggling is related or entirely separate! DS1 who does the jiggling generally can'tstay still and is usually playing football or riding his bike if not forced to sit down to eat or do school work, so it might just be surplus energy though DH is mostlya couch potato so maybe not

elliejjtiny Sat 18-Jul-15 11:45:56

DH and DS1 do it because they have Aspergers syndrome. They can't help it (It's really annoying though.

velourvoyageur Sat 18-Jul-15 11:47:25

Sorry, I do this blush I don't at all blame anyone for finding it annoying. When I realise I'm doing it I do try to stop but it sort of builds up like pressure IYSWIM.

I've always been terribly fidgety. In school (and at uni still) I just doodled all through the lessons to stop moving about. If I put my pen down I wouldn't be able to concentrate on anything and just be moving as much as I could. Teachers hated it, I always wondered why they didn't understand, surely it's a common problem?
Even when I'm watching a film I like I keep changing position or getting up or am still drawing while doing it.
And actually I'm really bad at multi tasking - if I've got some sort of project going everything else goes to pot - being social, eating, cleaning etc.
let's blame the digital age ;)

MrsGentlyBenevolent Sat 18-Jul-15 11:49:26

I also know someone on the spectrum who does it. They cannot seem to vocalise anger or anxiety, but you can tell they're getting wound up when their legs go.

I also had an uncle who did it, but he was not autistic. It was especially prominent when he was on one of his lectures about something he'd read in the Daily Mail that week hmm.

U2HasTheEdge Sat 18-Jul-15 11:49:33

My DH has restless meds due to his meds and his is very different to mine.

He feels like he has to do it because his legs feel uncomfortable and has a funny sensation.

I do it out of partly habit, nerves/anxiety and it relaxes me. Nothing to do with restless leg syndrome.

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