What do you all use for restless legs? I've tried magnesium and it's not doing anything. It's driving me up the wall.
Any advise will be much appreciated :)
That sounds horrible!
Do you take magnesium as a tablet? Maybe it would be better as a spray applied directly as an alternative if so? Or B12? I'm B12 deficient and it's one of the symptoms for that I thankfully don't have!
Hope you something that helps! ☺
I've tried both. The tablets didn't do anything and the spray made my legs feel really dry and crunchy lol it was horrible. I had restless legs about 6 months ago and then it stopped but now it's every night and driving me mad. The only thing that seems to calm it down is tramadol but I don't want to take that unless the arthritis in my hips gets bad.
If I could shake my legs until they fell off I would 😁
That's rubbish isn't it!!!
I wonder why it stops and starts like that? I know what you mean about the spray - it didn't feel nice, but I guess if it worked you'd put up with the crunchy feeling!
Tramadol seems a bit drastic I agree..... Bad enough you need it for arthritis (does that help you sleep?)
I wish I had some flash of inspiration that could come up with something to help you.. we just have to hope someone else has some better ideas!
No it does nothing for sleep. It doesn't even get rid of the arthritis pain, I think it just makes you feel fuzzy so you don't think about the pain and allows me to get to sleep.. if that makes sense :)
Yes. That makes sense.
Thought sleep might be a welcome relief as a side effect! I remember the woozy feeling, so it just seems wrong that you don't get any pain relief as such.
Let's hope the holiday cocktails and a bit of sun helps! 🌞🍹
I had some interesting conversations with people regarding restless legs, it seems that tonic water is meant to really help, a paramedic actually confirmed this as it contains quinine which helps RLS and cramps also I've been told that sex is great, something in endorphins and orgasm helps. who knew lol :)
I didn't suggest tonic water because I thought that was for leg cramps. My Dad used to swear by that and had a glass of tonic water before bed every night (YUK!) I guess I didn't associate restless legs with cramps, but that just shows you I'm not entirely sure what it involves. A friend used to say her legs were "fizzing" and itchy and sore. Whatever it is, it sounds like a pain!
Sex works eh? 😂 😂
A great shame that magnesium is doing nothing for you....since I’ve been on a nightly tablet, my regular leg cramps have totally ceased & my quality of sleep has improved!! Mind you...restless legs I guess are a different issue but equally as irritating when you’re trying to sleep!! I definitely have heard about the quinine contained in tonic water to be very beneficial with leg issues so for sure you must try it out & please let us know!! Best of luck with Schweppes or whichever LOL 😂👍💕
I can say that tonic water does actually help. I've been drinking 2 glasses a day and have just realised that my legs haven't been annoying me..
👍 Thumbs up for Quinine :)
I suffer so badly at night with this, I have to get up and down at least 3/4 times per night and am getting really sleep deprived. It feels like electric shock shooting down one or both legs, once I am up and concentrating on something else it stops. Magnesium tablets have not helped so I have just purchased a revitive machine which aims at improving circulation, puffy feet etc. It was not cheap at £125.00 but I am desperate now, it will take a few weeks before I notice an improvement but if it works I will let everyone on here know.
I had restless legs for years but didn’t know why. After blood tests showed I was low in iron and folic acid my GP put me on a course and my restless legs stopped!
Hi @Ruthy66 ,
That's a brilliant tip - thank you! 😊
Hi - I hope you don't mind me jumping on this post, I am new to this forum, however I have restless leg syndrome (RLS)...I have had it for many years. Then a miracle happened...and quite by chance. I went to the doctor for some sort of tablet to help me sleep (RLS caused me insomnia), and the doctor was about to prescribe something that I already tried, but made my RLS even worse. The doctor told me there was a drug that helps with RLS, it's called Ropinerole. I took one that night, and my RLS completely went away! This drug was initially designed for those with parkinsons disease, but was ineffective...but quite by chance, it was discovered that provides for relief of RLS (RLS is a deficiency of dopamine, by the way).It comes in lots of different strengths, from 1mg to 8mg and there is even a slow-release version of it. That was over 20 years ago, and still to this day, Ropinerole does the trick...every time. The RLS hits when you are tired or hot - and if you are both hot and tired...on it comes with a vengeance. I fly a lot with my job, so once onboard the plane, you can both tired and hot and then my legs go nuts! So I now take a Ropinerole half an hour before boarding, and it kicks in just at the right time. Trust me, if you do have RLS, then go to your GP and ask for some Ropinerole...and start with 1mg, at least half an hour before bedtime, and if that doesn't work, then double to dosage. I no longer have insomnia, and to recognise when you are about to have an RLS event, will ensure that you treat the condition before it starts (ie on a plane in the above example). To summarise, Ropinerole takes care of RLS, as long as you get the dosage right...good luck, I hope you try and see the amazing results, like I have
Thank you for that. I will definitely be asking my GP if he will prescribe it. X