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Hi, This is one of my biggest complaints. I lose a lot of sleep with the same urge to move my legs. I find especially if I was on my feet more than usual that I experience this problem more than normal. I try to take B Complex vitamins, Potassium (bananas) and calcium along with lots of water on a daily basis since as a celiac--we do not absorb the vitamins as well as others. I also take a pain pill either Darvocet or Tramadol before bed and that helps the legs. If I do not take the pain pill, I usually wake up in the middle of the night moving my legs and tossing and turning. I am finding that even when I try to nap; my legs are needing to move and sometimes the nap is not happening, no matter how tired I am.

What's your story? How long have you been gluten-free if you are? Any chance you may have some deficiencies like iron?

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I get the problem in my knees from time to time. It doesn't hurt, but for some reason tylenol helps me sleep with it. Don't know why.

I also get wicked charley horses at night, but for me, that's hereditary. Everyone in my family has the problem, most of us have low blood pressure and my mom has has a low sodium problem. Orange juice and bananas help, I think it's a potassium deficiency that causes it.

Hi Chelse I had a problem with charley horses at night but after putting a bar of Ivory soap under my top sheet it stopped. I know it sounds crazy but it worked for me. It's cheap and worth a try good luck.

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Hi all! Does anyone else get frustrated with doc? Called GE about RLS, got the nurse, doc is out til Monday. She said I should contact my Family Practioner. Called him, he has to research Celiac. He calls back wants to put me on Requip. I'm thinking it might be anemia, but doc wants to try Requip first. I JUST WANT TO SLEEP!!!

I'm really confused :unsure::unsure: about supplements and how my body will absorb them since my body isn't really absorbing very well (just diagnosed & gluten-free less than a month) Have had 2 accidental gluten exposures. ARGH!!!!!!!

Has anyone taken the drinkable supplement called VIBE? :blink:

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Hi everyone: I'm new here. I have RLS and wont live without my Reuipp meds. They saved my life. Ok, not literally, but it was a GREAT help. I suffered for years, progressively getting worse, until my Dr put me on this med. Now I don't let a month go by without havine a nice full bottle ready for me in my med cabinet. Told you I can't live with out it. My legs start about 5pm and get more restless as the night goes on. Now I sleep, and even read a book without being distracted by my legs, and back and shoulders. It moves on me. Lucky me. <_<

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My husband has RLS and does not have iron deficiency.....the Requip does it's job but he refuses to take it every night and Dr. feels that Requip will perform better if taken on a daily, nightly basis.

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I don't have RLS but I do have the massive leg/foot cramps that make me jump out of bed (screaming sometimes!). I get them when I play tennis also (but not when I run). I tried the whole banana/sports drink thing for potasium but that just made it worse, then I noticed that I ALWAYS got the cramps at night when I had had a banana that day, so I stopped eating bananas and they went away. Been gluten-free for 3 weeks now, so don't think the gluten has anything to do with it. I was also always an ice (and candy) chewer (still am - can't have anything in my mouth that I don't chew on!) and was anemic when I was younger, but have been taking iron pills and my iron levels have been fine for the past 5 years or so (even when pregnant). Do have hypothyroidism - not sure if that is what is contributing to the leg cramps? I've just started adding a B12 and folate vitamin to my daily intake of multi/iron/calcium w/D vitamins, so curious to see if that, along with going gluten-free, helps the cramping.

BTW, my husband has RLS - keeps me up all night (if I do happen to fall asleep in between my night sweats/D/urination every 1-2 hours) - he won't get tested for anything or take drugs b/c he thinks dr's are a waste of time. Sometimes I have to agree with him :blink:

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Anyone else out there have RLS? If so, what do you do to try to relieve this? I can be up hours in the night with the constant erge to move my legs! Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Thanks!

I have a friend with that and she is miserable I think she is also on a few medications and not so healthly diet. I emailed her an article I found that said lack of iron and I think E. Also SamE helps.I don't know if SamE is gluten free - I have some but haven't taken it yet. It is suppose to be good for depression and liver health. I think finding out the iron level is imp. because you can get too much. LindaLee

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I'm assuming the bar of soap under the bedsheet is unwrapped? Does is matter what kind? I am going to try that (without telling my husband) to see if it helps his RLS :)

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I have Narcolepsy, Cataplexy, Hasimotto's thyroid disease, Restless Leg Syndrome, arthritis in both knees and right foot and Celiac Disease.

I take Pramipexole Dihydrochloride for RLS. It helps alot but doesn't take away the feeling totally. I am sometimes awaken at night with really bad cramps in my calves or feet. The only thing that seems to help is for me to get into the shower and let as hot of water as I can take run on my legs. It usually takes about 10 minutes then I dry off and go back to bed.

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I have RLS, but I do not take any meds for it. It is a result of my sleep apnea. If I do not use my CPAP machine every night, my legs don't stop. When I use my machine, I have no problems.

I take enough medicine with my other medical problems, so if I can avoid another one, I do.

Sehlli

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Since I started this post my RLS has gotten SO much worse. Last Labor Day I broke my ankle and I get it so bad in that leg. I started running last week and it intensified it. I was up 2-3 times a night last week. I thought I was going crazy! Sometimes I wouldn't get to sleep until 4:00 a.m. I FINALLY seen my Family Physician today. She prescribed Requip. I hope it works with the first dose. I need a good night sleep! I will let you know how it works out for me. She is also running tests to see if I'm anemic.

The bar of soap didn't work for me. I heard it really works for leg cramps....but I don't get those. I heard Ivory or Zest is the best.

Shelly

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Since I started this post my RLS has gotten SO much worse. Last Labor Day I broke my ankle and I get it so bad in that leg. I started running last week and it intensified it. I was up 2-3 times a night last week. I thought I was going crazy! Sometimes I wouldn't get to sleep until 4:00 a.m. I FINALLY seen my Family Physician today. She prescribed Requip. I hope it works with the first dose. I need a good night sleep! I will let you know how it works out for me. She is also running tests to see if I'm anemic.

The bar of soap didn't work for me. I heard it really works for leg cramps....but I don't get those. I heard Ivory or Zest is the best.

Shelly

I have never heard anything about the bar of soap...placebo effect perhaps? Let us know what the iron tests show...I still think this is one of the top causes of RLS. And a better solution than having to go on meds...but it that is the only option...sleep is a must! Let us know...

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I personally don't think the soap works, but did try it as a despirate attempt to get some sleep. I agree with you, I hope there's another option other than a medication. I really don't like taking medication, but if it's my only option to get some sleep, I need to do that. ;o)

I will let you all know the results of my tests.

Shelly

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Just an update. All my tests for anemia and other's came back normal.

Last night was the first night I slept ALL night. The Recuip is working.

Dionnek, I heard pickle juice works great for leg cramps. My husband learned that in a coaching class.

Shelly

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Just an update. All my tests for anemia and other's came back normal.

Last night was the first night I slept ALL night. The Recuip is working.

Dionnek, I heard pickle juice works great for leg cramps. My husband learned that in a coaching class.

Shelly

Funny, I have been eating a lot of pickles lately since going gluten-free (one month now) and haven't had any leg/foot cramps in that time - coincidence maybe, but that's funny you mentioned that. My husband (who has the RLS) LOVES to drink the juice out of the pickle jar - yuck! I'll have to encourage him to do that more now :)

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Shelly-

Well, everything is normal! The body is a curious thing ! Glad the meds are helping. I guess you can continue to pursue other causes. If I come across anything, I'll let you know... Glad you slept :D

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If you do not have RLS and you are not eating enough carbs. you could need to start on Calcium and Magnisium. (sorry my spelling stincks) When my husband did the Atkins diet the DR. told to to increase those in his vitamine intake.......Jesus loves all of you......Deena

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I am pretty sure I have RLS, although don't have a formal diagnosis. It has definitely got worse for me since the coeliac symptoms have manifest themselves. I'm pretty sure its vitamin/ mineral deficiency for me, but need to do some research on that.

What I'm interested in, is what effect it has on everyone's sleep. I've never slept particularly well, but with the onset of coeliacs, it has become much worse, waking up several times a night, together with breif 'surfacings' from sleep. i don't know what causes it - my psychiatrist ruled out mental health issues and my depression/ anxiety is loads better now - so I assume it must be something physical and am suspecting RLS. Could that be right?

I'm just not keen at all on talking to my GP about it, can't see that getting anywhere unfortunately. But I might ask for my iron to be checked out again as I've been anemic a lot.

I desperately need more sleep....tiredness seems to be taking over my life at the moment, and I know it's the major trigger for my depression <<yawn!!>>

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Are you not sleeping because of the restless legs? I was not sleeping because of the constant urge to move my legs. I would get up a few times in the night and rub the rolling pin over my legs. I am sleeping really well now with the medication Recuip. I really struggled with being on another medication. But, it's well worth it.......i'm sleeping now! I went to my regular family physician for the problem. Hope you find sleep in the near future! I know how you feel......I've been there!

Shelly

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I had/have RLS too. However, it was a secondary condition to my sleep apnea. When I started using my breathing machine (CPAP) at night, it stopped. But it is very aggravating!

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Hi I have RLS, I had them for about 4 yrs before my doctor finally gave me miripex. This works wonderful for me, I only have to take 1/2 of one. :D This all came with a inability to sleep no more than 1 hr at a time, I would get them so bad I needed to pace around the house. I found that rocking helped, or getting cold, then I could go to sleep for another hour then do it all over again. I was only getting about 4hrs of broken sleep in a 24 hour period it was awfull. :( I tried taking iron supplements, but found that it didn't work. I read that its not being anemic, its the brains inability to open a door to let the iron into the cells. This was showen in autopised brains. Although I think that being gluten sensitve and not being able to absorb nutrients doesn't help the situation. I've been gluten free for 9 weeks now, I really feel better. Although I tried to go gluten free before my doctor told me it was just IBS and gave me dicetel, I was convinced, till I started getting more nero problems. :angry: So I did more research and decided that gluten free is what I needed to do. I'm still taking the miripex but thinking that sometime in the near future I'm taking that out of my diet too!!!!! I also read that Magnesium is the mineral to take for muscle cramps. Calcium is in alot of things but magnesium is not, also that magnesium is found to be more deficient in celiacs and gluten sensitive indivduals. Well thats my thoughts I hope it helps someone. Patricia :)

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I am posting on this thread because my GP has been calling my nocturnal myoclonous (myoclonus) RLS, so maybe they are related.

The difference is that either my legs, arms or abdomin would jerk whenever I went into REM (Diagnosed by a sleep disorder study). I didn't feel the jerking at first. But as the years went by it got more pronounced and more frequent.

My nocturnal myoclonus has cleared up by going gluten free. 11 months now. :D

I also am taking an iron supplement and B12 injections now. But the symptoms started going away after going gluten free and prior to taking the supplements.

Marcia

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