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Prescriptions for restless legs?

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rooks14 Sat 28-May-11 03:44:27

It's 3am, I'm 30 weeks and haven't slept properly in months sad

RLS is actually ruining my life, tried exercise, only going to be when im REALLLY tired, cutting out dairy/sugar/etc etc. hot baths, massages and nothing!

Other than quinnine that isn't safe in pregnancy, is there anything else a doctor will prescribe? I've got an appointment tomorrow and if she tells me i should take a bath i think i might explode!!!!!!!!!!

WiiUnfit Sat 28-May-11 05:35:05

I'm sorry, I don't have any useful advice for you other than you're not alone! sad

It's 5.30am, I'm 34+5 and also haven't slept properly in months! I feel exhausted. Luckily, DP is at work so I'm not keeping him up as well like I usually do! (Not on purpose obviously!)

My GP told me that out of pregnancy there are lots of things they can prescribe, but none during pregnancy. Sorry, I know this isn't what you want to hear, I didn't!

I've found arnica gel massages help, as does lots of fluids & increasing my salt intake ever so slightly. Hope you're snoozing now, I'm going to go and try to! sad

NightLark Sat 28-May-11 06:29:52

37 weeks here, and have been suffering horribly with this since about 30 weeks. I found an Origins 'tired legs' gel (recommended by a group of very sympathetic sales women in John Lewis') has really helped me, but mine does seem worse when my legs are hot. Most nights now have my legs sticking out from under the duvet...

flimflammery Sat 28-May-11 06:33:39

Iron supplements help some cases of RLS, and seemed to help me (obviously check you are not exceeding the recommended amount in pregnancy). Are you taking Pregnacare type vitamin and minerals?

rooks14 Sat 28-May-11 13:10:13

i'm not alone then! it's horrible, hope you got some sleep wiiunfit!
I've been taking liquid iron suplements with orange juice everymorning for years, aswell as pregnancare plus and b12 because i'm veggie!

Off to the docs now so i'll let you know what she says/if i've killed her for suggesting a massage.

happygilmore Sat 28-May-11 13:11:26

I found it was much worse when I was anaemic - when I started on iron supplements it really calmed down.

WiiUnfit Sat 28-May-11 23:15:48

Hey Rooks, how did you get on?

I must have been exhausted, I'm 35+5 not 34+5 hmm I did however get back to sleep around 7.30am until 9am and had a nice hour long nap with DP when he got back from work at 10am smile Exhausted now though!!

Anxiety / stress triggers mine sad One bout kicked off an awful panic attack at 26wks, ended up in hospital!

Stase Mon 20-Jun-11 21:05:04

Also interested in the doc's opinion on this. My midwife was sympathetic, but couldn't suggest anything to relieve it. I've got SPD/PGP as well, and as soon as I sit down to rest my aching hips the bloody legs start thrashing about! Misery... sad

I'm 27 weeks into my 3rd pregnancy, and I'm not sure how much more I can take before I just burst into tears! Have had it both times before. Interesting that it might be a mineral deficiency, whether iron, potassium or magnesium as suggested on other threads. That sounds plausible, and like something that could be fixed easily!

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