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Small glass of tonic water as contains quinine. Bachs rescue remedy in the night if I can't sleep, make sure your duvet isn't too heavy, have swapped to summer duvet and have been a lot better last few nights. Sometimes think mine are also better eating a banana everyday.
I have this - too much alcohol, caffeine or sitting about sets it off. Thankfully it seems to be a little better the older I get but I've avoided all medication so far as a) I'm sure it's mild with me and b) the drugs I was supposed to be proscribed were also used to treat much more serious illnesses and ran the risk of horrendous side effects.
I find that not getting too hot helps - I remember seeing a documentary about it, the guy featured had an electric fan pointed at his feet all night just to stop him twitching!
My sympathies. Of all the ailments to have, it is the most feeble and yet highly irritating!
As i write this i'm sitting with my leg twitching - its driving me mad!! If i'm not mad already, that is! i've had it for years - it comes and goes and when i get it it can go on every night for weeks then stop for a period of time. It starts in the evening or in bed - i get out of bed, walk around stretch my calf and thigh muscles - sometimes it goes on for hours.
I've read somewhere that magnesium can help - note to self: i really ought to start taking magnesium again.
get a magnesium oil spray from Holland and barret. spray 5 sprays on each leg before bed and rub in well. seriously it is fantastic, I started using it for rls and it has stopped it, plus my eye twitch and night twitches. didn't even know I was magnesium deficient!
Look on rlshelp for medicines that will make it worse. There is also a discussion forum on FB if you want to talk to other sufferers. They will tell you it's essential to see a neurologist since most GP's knowledge is limited. Tramadol would have helped because it is opiate based but its a bit extreme for rls. Be warned that there are lots of snake oil salesmen out to exploit sufferers as well as all the old wives tales that are around.
it's worth having your Dr check your bloods as low iron levels can exacerbate it. gabapentin helped mine for a long time ( nice side effect as i was taking it for neurological pain in ms) its back again now and me and my toenails have literally kicked DH out of bed...into the spare room having the space to stretch helps
I found mine is worse when I have been anaemic. I wear a nightdress rather than pyjamas when possible so my legs don't get hot, I have found that putting my feet into really cold water for 10 minutes or so helps. The last tip was given to me by my midwife- it sounds daft, but helped me.
for years now. I take L-dopa on and off and sometimes it helps but taking it every night can make it worse. I'm on valium to help me sleep. I've tried magnesium, iron, vit D, the list is endless Its getting worse as I age.