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andannabegins Fri 02-Aug-19 01:47:55

I have restless legs, I have tried everything. I haven't slept through the night for well over a month. I am exhausted, I am so tired I just want to feel rested for once. I am so tired I am beginning to worry about driving home from work because I am in a fog. Any ideas, I am at the point of wanting to chop my leg off!

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SageYourResoluteOracle Fri 02-Aug-19 02:01:09

I'm having the same trouble right now. Don't know what to suggest. Misery loves company though smile

tryingtobebetterallthetime Fri 02-Aug-19 02:28:17

I get this too, and it tends to go on for weeks and then stop. I wish I had a magic solution. My GP says try magnesium supplements, but not too much as the can cause diarrhea and I have IBD. I have had a bit of success rubbing Voltaren gel into the most troublesome spots. I usually have a couple of areas that are the most irritating.

Oddly enough, when desperate at 2 am I have got up and had a piece of bread with peanut butter and banana. I don't know if it is placebo or if it actually does something, but I often find myself falling asleep after that.

I hope you find relief.

My sympathies. It is absolutely soul destroying.

Aquamarine1029 Fri 02-Aug-19 02:29:58

My first thought is to start taking a magnesium and potassium supplement right away. You poor thing. Restless legs are miserable.

andannabegins Fri 02-Aug-19 02:34:28

I have magnesium spray after I saw it recommended on a thread on here, I also have multi vitamins, tiger balm, bio freeze gel, I strap up the offending leg, I take painkillers, I have even put a bar of soap at the bottom of my bed after reading it on a thread. Nothing helps, I know this will stop eventually as it isnt the first time I have had it but I can't see an end to it right now. It is at times like this when I realise how effective sleep deprivation is as a torture device!

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MammaBot211 Fri 02-Aug-19 02:34:51

Ice cold water, tonic water, get up walk around for a bit.

Pricedrop Fri 02-Aug-19 02:37:34

Magnesium is absorbed better through the skin. Have you tried Epsom Salt baths?....4 cups in the bath, soak for at least 20 minutes

Alislia17 Fri 02-Aug-19 02:38:57

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DeRigueurMortis Fri 02-Aug-19 02:46:54

Reported the post above.

PP I sympathise. I have episodes of RLS and it's exhausting.

I've tried all sorts of remedies.

What I find helps me when I'm in the grips of an episode is to avoid alcohol/caffeine and have a bath before bed with Epsom salts.

I also find taking anti-histamines helps.

Lastly, and I know this is going to sound odd, but my RLS feels like electricity through my legs so I've found holding onto a metal conduit that's earthed (basically a radiator) for about 5 mins helps. Tbh I'm not at all sure if it's just a placebo for me or something that's generally effective. thanks

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tryingtobebetterallthetime Fri 02-Aug-19 04:04:26

I have tried pain medication such as paracetamol and ibuprofen with no effect. I have also tried Benadryl but it made it worse.

A vigorous leg rub with lotion sometimes helps maybe because I am doing something. Getting up and walking around/stretching maybe helps a bit.

I know one thing, and that is that getting really upset and literally crying in frustration doesn't help although that's often where I go.

Being too warm makes me worse. I do find watching a YouTube video on something I enjoy like making cards can calm me and help get my mind off my legs. I watch on my IPad with the contrast way down and switched to the sort of yellow night mode.

Some people find a hot bath or shower helpful.

Again, it is totally awful and I really empathize. Overall, nothing really helps consistently which is why it is so frustrating,

Seriously, try the banana and peanut butter. It seems to help me when I am ready to give up.

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