Restless Leg Syndrome can be an uncomfortable and debilitating disease. It’s often genetic, so it was no surprise that I inherited the annoying sensation in my legs that both my mother and father suffer from. I’ve always been fidgety, but restless leg syndrome intensifies this for me. I have a unique way of dealing with my restless leg syndrome, which helps ease the uncomfortable need-to-move sensations.
My husband is sometimes more annoyed with my restless leg than I am, since I’ve learned to keep my legs moving in order to avoid it. This means for him, a rocking bed while he’s trying to go to sleep. The uncomfortable need to move my leg feeling is only resolved when I wiggle them, so I’ve developed a very fast tick to fall asleep. It’s become so routine for me over the years, that I do not even realize I am moving when I am now. I find myself sometimes waking up while rubbing my feet together, I have subconsciously developed a way to stay asleep through the night by keeping my legs in motion to avoid the awful sensation that restless leg syndrome brings.
My doctor told me that regular exercise can ease the discomfort of this disease, so when I started exercising I was surprised when it only intensified the sensations in my legs at night that made me want to kick and run and wiggle, despite how tired the rest of my body and mind was. I decided that I’d continue to exercise anyways, and after a few weeks the symptoms of the disease did diminish significantly, to a point where if I go a few days without exercising the result is an extremely sleepless night. Exercising has worked wonders, but it usually only noticeable in the break periods when I haven’t moved my legs all day.
I also suffer symptoms of the disease in long car rides, if sitting in one position too long my legs get the feelings so badly that it makes me want to literally scream out loud, being in a car means you cannot just get up and stretch your legs, so car rides can be extremely stressful and irritating for me. I have been able to subdue the extreme sensations by keeping my legs moving, so arching my feet up near the toes and lifting my heel off the ground, I can make my leg bounce up and down very rapidly without much effort. This keeps the blood flowing, and the fidgeting movement eases the uncomfortable sensations brought on by my restless leg syndrome.
Restless leg syndrome can be extremely debilitating because it can greatly reduce sleep. It is hard to fall asleep when your legs want to move around, and it is nearly impossible to rid the feeling without motion. For those that cannot rock their legs back and forth, or move them around while falling asleep, the disease can have a seriously damaging affect on their lives. Work and relationships can suffer due to extreme exhaustion caused by the inability to sleep. For those people, seeing a doctor for a prescription to help with the sensations is absolutely necessary. For me, I’ve able to combat it without it. Each person’s experience with Restless Leg Syndrome is unique.