RLS is a neurological disorder characterized by unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to move when at rest. People describe these unpleasant sensations as burning, creeping, tugging, or like insects crawling inside the legs. The sensations may range in severity from uncomfortable to irritating to painful.
To relieve the discomfort of RLS you must keep the legs in motion. This causes constant tossing and turning in bed and often having to get up and walk to relieve the sensations. This leaves you exhausted by morning.
I suffered from RLS and I can tell you it wasn’t fun. I was on a medication that controlled it. However, like all medications there are side effects which you have to consider. Always, I repeat, ALWAYS do your homework. I always research everything the doctors give me BEFORE I start taking anything. My doctors are great and they know me now. I make sure they know their facts.
If you have RLS or you know someone who does, the following video gives you all different remedies you can try, from medications to old wives tales.
I originally posted this back in 2011. I’ve updated the video so it has current information (and a little more interesting to watch). I’m no longer on any medications for RLS because the side effects were too severe. I was on pramipexole (Mirapex). It’s a dopamine agonist which means it increases the amount of dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter and “feel good hormone”. As per Psychology Today, “The brain releases it when we eat food that we crave or while we have sex, contributing to feelings of pleasure and satisfaction as part of the reward system. This important neurochemical boosts mood, motivation, and attention, and helps regulate movement, learning, and emotional responses”. So then by increasing the presence of dopamine you increase the pleasurable feelings and addiction.
Back in 2011 I was seeing a psychiatrist who prescribed the pramipexole. He would always ask me how I was feeling and whether I started to have any gambling problems because pramipexole has warnings that it could increase addictions such as drinking, drugs, gambling or shopping, but what he never talked about was hallucinations. That, my friends, was scary.
Until next time!