Restless leg syndrome is the bane of my resting life. I have never been able to sit and watch a movie for longer than an hour before the symptoms start to kick in. When I’m tired it’s especially worse. It has ruined fun “movie nights” with friends and relaxing evenings with the family. I’m often walking and stretching while everyone else is relaxed and sitting down.
Sleeping can also be difficult if I am overtired and my legs haven’t caught up with bedtime..
The symptoms arrive in the evening when my mind and body are tired. I can be sitting at the theater or at home when I suddenly have a desperate need to move my legs. I’d describe it as having “jumpy legs,” when one of them feels like taking off somewhere. The feeling of needing to move crawls up the leg until I can’t take it, and then I make my apologies and do my stretching thing. If I am at the theater it’s a little harder – I wait longer. However, I have often paced up and down in the no seating area.
There is no concrete answer, however some doctors believe it could be an imbalance in the chemical dopamine, which helps keep muscles relaxed and smooth. It is also thought that maybe a lack of folic acid or iron could be the cause in pregnant women. It’s always a good idea to get a health check up to rule out anything that may be causing restless legs.
For very severe symptoms prescribed medication might be given, however this will never cure restless legs. Occasionally, iron supplements and taking caffeine out of the diet has been known to alleviate symptoms. Massage and cold compresses can also help.
For me magnesium is the answer – when I take extra magnesium my symptoms are never as bad. This isn’t a published treatment, just something that I have been lucky to find. I take two teaspoons a day and I notice a big difference in the evenings.