Overcoming Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome is a condition we've experienced at our house.

Joyce has experienced what she calls antsy legs for more than 12 years. Her RLS came along with other symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Compared to the pain and depression, restless leg syndrome was one of the less bothersome symptoms. But since it often interferes with sleep, it's a serious situation.

Apparently individuals of all ages and both genders experience RLS, and find it hard to deal with.

Along with the other symptoms of fibromyalgia, Joyce has found relief with no drug use whatsoever. This has been a huge plus, of course. No drugs means no side effects, which are often worse than the condition treated.

Years ago, antsy legs meant little or no sleep - sometimes during 2 or 3 consecutive nights.

Joyce's fibromyalgia, along with the restless leg syndrome, was greatly relieved through nutritional changes and daily exercise.

Drastically reducing carbohydrate intake has been the key.

Daily exercise routines include pilates, brisk walks, weight exercises, and bicycling.

Now, when she experiences the antsy legs, she rubs the jumpy leg or legs vigorously. Often the rubbing is all that's required.

By comparison, the incidence of restless leg syndrome is very infrequent compared to 12 years ago. Sometimes Joyce has no RLS for months.

Stress is often a cause of RLS.

So, stress reducing drugs may be prescribed by your doctor. If so, you might want to ask whether the side effects might be bad enough to make their use inadviseable.

Apparenlty some very strong drugs are sometimes prescribed, including certain opioids and benzodiazepines.

I've known addicts who enjoy these drugs recreationally - but they experience the very serious side effects just as do patients who use them therapeutically. Just the highly addictive characteristics should be enough to disuade anyone from using them.

If your doctor is adamant about following his or her recommended therapies involving drugs, it might be time to look for an alternative practitioner or a doctor who is more receptive to input from patients.

These days there are lots of medical doctors who are trained in integrative or complementary therapies.

Another category of physicians to consider is those who practice functional medicine.

By all means, explore the highly beneficial alternative remedies. You will find yourself able to cope with RLS while experiencing diminishing severity.

Joyce has received incredibly fine results from her chiropractor, who is also a highly qualified nutritionist and applied kiniseologist. No drugs. Just superb results and self-healing through greatly improved nutrition and lots of exercise.

The Mayo Clinic website has a page titled Lifestyle and Home Remedies.

This page actually has some good suggestions, along with one lame one.

The good ones are to eliminate caffeine, cut back on alcohol and tobacco, use meditation and yoga to reduce stress, and to exercise regularly.

The poor suggestion is to use over-the-counter medicines, such as Ibuprofen.

Years ago, before we were aware of the toxicity of chemical compounds in pain reliever and other over-the-counter medicines, including aspirin and ibuprofen, we occasionally used them.

We were lucky enough to use them only very sparingly.

For the last 12 years, we've not used them at all.

Reading books by Drs. Junger, Gerson and others - along with experiencing very improved health and vitality with the medications, has convinced us and many others to avoid all medications completely.

Restless leg syndrome can easily be controlled by the right dietary changes along with a daily exercise routine. The exercise for most people could be as simple as a 30-40 minute walk using a comfortable stride while swinging your arms.

Joyce's chiropractor put her onto that, and she never skips her daily walk. Well, almost never.

The dietary changes which work for Joyce might not work for you.

The work of Peter J. D'Adamo, a naturopathic doctor who has written several books, has been very helpful for us.

His main claim to fame is the very well-known, Eat Right 4 Your Type.

As Dr. D'Adamo explains thoroughly, the foods which work well for a person of one blood type don't necessarily work well for a person having a different blood type.

Joyce is blood type A, and I'm blood type O.

Our diets are quite different. We've found - just as millions of D'Adamo's other readers around the world have found - that his blood type guidelines are excellent.

For Joyce, they work well for overcoming restless leg syndrome.

I'm guessing that the only reason she ever experiences antsy legs now is stress. She doesn't have a lot of stress, but still puts some stress on herself.

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