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I had quite a scare this past week. I woke up in the middle of the night with extreme calf pain in both of my legs. It wasn't like a charley horse or anything because the sharp pain was the entire calf and different from a muscle cramp. It's very difficult to explain and something I have never experienced before. It let up enough for me to go back to sleep, but my legs were still a bit sore the entire next day. I thought back and couldn't think of anything I did physically that would have caused this. However, I did travel in the car over Christmas for a few hours. I'm not paranoid about having another stroke, but of course my imagination got the best of me and I started envisioning all these blood clots forming in my legs. I got myself so concerned I nearly cried. So, instead of doing that, I just called my doctor.
The nurses weren't quite as concerned as I was. But, that is probably good. I didn't need a nurse to freak out on me while I was so freaked out myself. She just tol...
RLS sufferer Cari Lendrum recommends: Try Cari’s “RLS Squats!” – To do this exercise, start off in a standing position and then bend your knees slightly so that you are in a squat. Rest your forearms on your thighs close to your knees, grasping your opposite wrist for stability if necessary. Maintaining that position, raise and lower your buttocks over and over until you get tired. Repeat the exercise as long as you can without feeling muscle strain or discomfort in the back or knees. Hopefully, this will alleviate your symptoms even if just for a short time. Do you have a strategy for coping with RLS? Share your story and/or advice by contacting Colleen Cancio at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Introduction Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is an unsettling and poorly understood movement disorder affecting 3 - 15% of the general population. RLS can affect both children and adults. Although effective treatments are available, the condition often remains undiagnosed. Symptoms of RLS. The core symptom of RLS is an irresistible urge to move the legs (medically known as akathisia ). Some people describe this symptom as a sense of unease and weariness in the lower leg, which is aggravated by rest and relieved by movement. Specific characteristics of RLS include: "Pulling, searing, drawing, tingling, bubbling, or crawling" beneath the skin, usually in the calf area, causing an irresistible urge to move the legs. These sensations can occur mostly in the lower legs, but they can sometimes affect the thighs, feet, and even the upper body. RLS-type symptoms may also occur in the arms. These may be the first symptoms of RLS in some people. About 80% of patients with RLS also have semi-rhythmic mo...
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