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Achy cramping legs and insomnia

Postby cmoc » Sat Sep 17, 2005 4:39 am

As soon as I lay down to sleep, my legs start to feel agitated, then the aching behind the knees and in the hamstrings starts, every night and I am unable to sleep. I feel that I want to stretch mylegs out straight but if I do, they will cramp. When I do eventually get to sleep, I wake at 4 every morning, after only 4 hrs sleep, then, I am awake for two hrs, then, if lucky, go back to sleep for an hr. If not lucky, dont go back to sleep at all, this has been going on for 8 months now. Can anyone relate to this, especially the legs, and has anyone found any answers. Also, does anyone know how long these symptoms last?

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Postby colopam » Sat Sep 17, 2005 8:22 am

Morning Chris!
My mom had cramps all the time in her legs at night, I'd have to get up and massage them until she started eating a banana a day. turns out she was low in potassium. I've found for my early wakings (sometimes 2 a.m.) that taking calcium w/ magnesium (D and boron included) helps my muscles relax and for the really bad nights a homeopathic product called "Calms Forte" (analgesics aisle at CVS) helps ALOT!!!
Some leg exercises may help with some of the discomfort also, we used to give our patients "homework" of doing alphabets (writing the alphabet in the air or on the floor with your feet) or ankle flexion/extension, alternately pointing your toes down then flexing them up towards your nose.
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Re: Achy cramping legs and insomnia

Postby minniepauz » Sat Sep 17, 2005 8:55 am

cmoc wrote:As soon as I lay down to sleep, my legs start to feel agitated, then the aching behind the knees and in the hamstrings starts, every night and I am unable to sleep. I feel that I want to stretch mylegs out straight but if I do, they will cramp. When I do eventually get to sleep, I wake at 4 every morning, after only 4 hrs sleep, then, I am awake for two hrs, then, if lucky, go back to sleep for an hr. If not lucky, dont go back to sleep at all, this has been going on for 8 months now. Can anyone relate to this, especially the legs, and has anyone found any answers. Also, does anyone know how long these symptoms last?

Thanks.
Chris


Sounds like you might have restless leg syndrome, Chris. You might want to check these sites and see if anything there relates to what you're feeling.
http://www.restlesslegs.com/?rotation=1 ... r=16966469
http://www.rls.org
http://www.menopause-metamorphosis.com/ ... s_legs.htm

Another suggestion is to change your routine before you go to bed. It's kind of like fooling your body out of an old habit and shocking it with a new pattern. Go to bed an hour earlier or later....Do some light exercise that focuses on your legs and stretching.....Drink some milk..... Take a calcium/magnesium tablet ..... Make sure you're really tired before going to bed. Anyway, you get the picture. Let us know if any of this helps!

hahahah....Pam, great minds think alike, huh? :)
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Postby cmoc » Sat Sep 17, 2005 11:51 am

Thanks Pam and Dee, sounds like good advice, I will give it all a try.
went to those sites and it suggested putting a bar of soap in the bed, how
bizarre is that? Still, nothing to lose!

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Postby Bevy1958 » Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:06 pm

I have restless leg syndrome and was told about the soap...sadly it didn't work for me :cry: . The only thing I can do is get up and move around or do some deep lunges or squats.
I have found that for about 1 wk a month I am free of this nasty feeling but the other 3 wks I have to be careful what I eat at
suppertime...meaning no meat!!
I have had this for most of my life but I found it only bothered me when I was overtired...now, thanks to the wonders of womanhood it has gotten worse. There is a drug you can take but I prefer to use as few drugs as possible.
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Postby minniepauz » Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:37 am

I agree with you about taking the drugs, Bevy, but out of all those sites for restless leg syndrome, was the only suggestion to put soap in your bed??? Jeez....maybe I'd better read those sites more thoroughly before recommending them, huh? :)

One thing I will suggest to anyone dealing with any particular symptom or problem....do as much research as possible (thank goodness for the internet) and then share it and discuss it with others (as we do here). We just can't rely on one source or one solution these days and it helps to get feedback from others and hear they're experiences.
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Postby Bevy1958 » Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:10 pm

Actaually, a friend told me to try the soap. I haven't bothered to do a lot of research on this because compared to a lot of people, mt symptoms are mild. I've lived with it all my live and even though it's worse now I know it will lessen again once I reach the end of this *journey* 8)

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