I had not heard of Restless Leg Syndrome until medications had come out for it and I saw the advertisements on television. However, my dad used to have to get up in the middle of a board game or a movie in order to walk around because his legs would bother him. My legs often fell asleep and I had to walk around to get them to wake up. From this I determined RLS was due to lack of blood flow in the legs.
When I gained a lot of weight, I started feeling funny in my legs at night when I went to bed. It felt like I had hit my funny bone and it was in my calf. I never went to the doctor for it because I knew she would get on me about my weight. I knew I had RLS and I had to be more active to get rid of it. Over the weeks it got worse and I began kicking uncontrollably and I could not stand the feeling let alone sleep with it. To get rid of the feeling I tried walking around but it did not help at all. Soaking my legs in water as hot as I could stand did but it used up a lot of water. At times soaking my legs wasn’t enough and I had to take a sleeping pill. This started happening from days at a time into weeks at a time. When I got back into exercising the feeling went away, but once I stopped the feeling came back. I was not about to take medication for it because I knew I could prevent it. I do not like taking excess medications.
When I had done some strenuous leg exercises that day, my legs did not bother me at night. It took awhile but I finally got into the habit of stretching and exercising my calves every other day especially at night. I did calf raises where I stand on a step with only my toes touching the ground and I move my ankles up and down on the step. It is a hard workout for the calves and it only takes a minute. Though it can be hard to climb the rest of the way up the stairs afterward. It is not so much an issue anymore now that I have become more active. It is easier to deal with it before it becomes a major problem that affects sleep.