Symptoms of Restless Legs
The main symptom of restless legs syndrome is an overwhelming urge to move your legs. This can be combined with an unpleasant crawling or creeping sensation in the feet, calves and thighs. Restless Leg Syndrome is more common at night although some suffer with them during the day too!
The most distinctive or unusual aspect of the condition is that lying down and trying to relax activates the symptoms. Most people with RLS have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. You can check out my post on sleep here. There is no known cause for this although studies have shown a correlation in how some people handle dopamine to be a factor or a genetic link (secondary restless legs)
Either way, it sucks!
I’ve had restless leg syndrome for around 10 years now. So believe me when I tell you I have tried EVERYTHING to help with it. The severity can vary from mild to extremely severe affecting my day to day activities. I find my symptoms most severe when I am in a flare from my other chronic illness conditions.
So here are some ways in which can minimise the symptoms and help alieve the unpleasantness of RLS.
The first way to solve Restless Legs forever is magnesium.
Magnesium is needed in the body to help with vital functions yet is not currently advised to take magnesium supplements. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, support a healthy immune system, as well as helping bones remain strong.
A deficiency in magnesium can include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur. Not pleasant I hear you say.
But there is a simple solution. I use magnesium oil and lotions from the Better You range. This when rubbed directly onto the calves and legs can vastly reduce the symptoms of restless leg syndrome there and then. This oil is beautiful. It lasts for ages and works almost instantly. You can also get a magnesium sleep oil which is extremely relaxing and can help with sleep.
Epsom salt is high in magnesium and a bath or soaks with Epsom
salts before bed can be highly beneficial either as well as or in place of the magnesium oil. This one from Dr Teals is specially formulated to help with sleep too.
The second way to solve Restless Legs forever is iron deficiency. This can be solved with a simple blood test from your doctor. Iron supplements are available over the counter and in many supermarkets.
The body can’t produce iron, it has to be ingested. Low iron levels can cause tiredness and lack of energy, which can have a huge impact on how you feel day-to-day.
If you have difficulty with taking iron or you become easily constipated as I do then you need to try Spatone. I find iron can mess with my irritable bowel syndrome making my gut all out of balance. This is painful and uncomfortable. I also have a slow metabolism due to my underactive thyroid. This is not an ad I promise but the only way I can take iron without it having an extreme knock-on effect in my body.
“Spatone® Liquid Iron is natural, iron-rich water sourced directly from Snowdonia National Park. It’s shown to be more easily absorbed than conventional iron supplements, and as a result, Spatone is gentle on your body.” **
Iron and magnesium are linked so taking an iron supplement are better for you alongside using a topical magnesium supplement.
It is highly beneficial for people with restless legs to consider all in one multivitamin to ensure that they are having their daily needs met. I love this one from Well Woman which has everything you needs for a healthy body and more.
Finally in the top 3 ways to SOLVE Restless Legs forever! Reducing our caffeine intake can help with the symptoms of RLS. Caffeine is a stimulant and removing or reducing it from our diet helps to minimize the symptoms of RLS. Caffeine can be found in teas, coffee, chocolate and soda to be sure to check.
Reducing caffeine can also help with our sleep which is affected by RLS.
Have you restless legs?
What has helped you?
*Source NHS ONLINE
** Source Boots.com Spatone webpage