Hello, my name is Louise and I live in Montreal, Quebec Canada.
I have been afflicted with severe restless leg symptoms for about 35 years now.
I have now eliminated my restless legs for approximately 24 hours at a time using what I now call the fetal stretch.
Just for context, each year, I might have 3 non sequential evenings per year where, for reasons unknown, I have no symptoms. In the past few years, the symptoms have gotten worse. I no longer suffer just evenings and nights, I am also woken up with them around 7 AM, and feel symptoms on and off throughout the day if I sit. I have never tried any of the medications (Requip etc..as the idea of lifelong medicating does not appeal to me.)
Over a month ago, like usual, I was lying in bed twisting and bending my legs around trying to get momentary relief. For some reason, I ended up on my side in a tight fetal position.
Strangely, I felt some immediate relief, so I held the position, thinking I would see how long it worked, (as you know, most movements give approximately 1 or 2 minutes of relief maximum).
I really tightened up my knees to my chest and that stretched and curved the back also. I held the position for about 2 minutes and the symptoms stayed away, I was so happy with even that short relief, but got tired of keeping the position, so I relaxed and figured I would do it again after a few minutes. The miracle? When I relaxed, the relief continued, and incredibly, I fell asleep! It was only 11:45PM! I never fall asleep until the symptoms abate around 2 or 3 AM!
Holding the position ( I call it the fetal stretch) for approximately 2 minutes seems to give approximately 24 hours of relief! I have been doing it for over a month now, usually once each evening, and have eliminated the symptoms as soon as they reappear.
Please pass this information along to others to try. I am now telling anyone who will listen. I only wish I had discovered this while my father was alive. He also suffered so badly...
I am so glad to have found long lasting relief. I am actually scared it might stop working in time, but for now, I CAN SLEEP!!
I haven't annoyed everyone walking around and doing deep knee bends all evening while trying to watch TV!
I won't even mention what it used to be like to go see a movie at the theater!!!
I hope my fetal stretch will help others.
Please let me know if this works for you too!