As I grew up and married they didn't bother me. While I was pregnant I often had leg cramps, but that subsided once I had that gift from God. Then I lived a number of years not being able to sleep. Did I have a clue of what it was? No. I would get cramps in my legs and feet every once in a while but nothing that was constant.
About the time I was in my early 40's my right leg started to shake when I went to bed. My husband said it looked like something a dead body would do. He had seen that before while he was in the military. Each year it got worse. I had been in a car accident before the shaking had started and thought maybe that was causing it. Not so, my left leg started. I paced all night long. I cried all night. I couldn't sit at all. So needless to say I was dragging the next day at work. I would do my typing or whatever standing up. Everyone thought I was nuts. How do you explain something that does not make any sense? I went to the doctor and told him it felt like bugs were crawling in my legs. He put me on antidepressants. After a few months he did a doppler and then sent me to a varicose vein surgeon. Nothing was found. Nothing was helping.
My legs got really hard. I got scared so I stopped the medication. I never took any medication so this was all new to me. Last year I found relief and am relaxed. If you would like to know more visit: www.naturesinventory.com/?click=32178
It got so bad my husband would carry me upstairs to bed. I would be able to stay there only a few minutes and I would have to get up. I would have to be really careful getting back downstairs. This is where I would end up all night. I couldn't keep getting in bed and then getting out because my husband needed his sleep. I eventually quit work because I did my sleeping during the day. I got to the point where I was just plain exhausted = crabby. Plus I was hurting. I didn't know what was wrong. The doctor didn't know what it was. My husband was getting upset. My life was a mess.
I moved to the south and within a few months I found a doctor. He told me what it was. I was so relieved because someone knew what bugs crawling through my legs meant. Restless Legs!
I was put on another antidepressant and Klonopin. Not much relief. I took those for about a year. Then it was Sinemet and Tramadol. Still not much relief. I did acquire the side effects. Lucky me. I was sick at least 4 times a day. My legs hurt, cramped, and shook day or night.
This went on for about 4 or 5 years. Then I got the augmentation. I thought my legs were bad before. I never dreamed how bad this could get. My life was unbearable. I was then put on Requip and Tramadol. It got a little better but I still had the same symptoms and side effects.
I was distraught for another 3-4 years. During this time I had a test. I was told the best test you can have. I had no nerve damage. Good news, but my legs were not cooperating with what I wanted to do. They had a mind of there own. But I have since gotten relief.
Then I went to a sleep clinic. Now I've been told I have sleep apnea. Wonderful. Just what I need. I was told maybe that's why my legs were waking me up. That made no sense to me because I was not sleeping. Talk about a zombie. I am now on a CPAP. But my legs are still hurting, cramping, and shaking. Now what? I am getting worse. I'm still sick 4 or 5 times a day, I go from not sleeping at all. Weeks at a time to sleeping around the clock. I did this for a couple more years. The only time I went anywhere was to the grocery store and the doctor. I went to the doctor's every 3 months. I finally got up to 6 months. Then about 9 months ago I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I didn't do what the doctors recommend. I weaned myself off the pills. At this time I was also getting dizzy and afraid of driving. I was also fed up with insurance companies and all the money I have spent with no relief. I had tried everything I could with iron supplements, calcium and magnesium, ben gay, hot tubs, massages, I couldn't stretch. My body just wouldn't do it. I think stretching might have helped some but I couldn't stretch. I would go for a massage and I was constantly told to relax. I didn't know how to relax.
I spend hours in a hot tub. In the beginning that was the only relief I had, but that stopped after a few years. This is so hard to live with. Now what am I going to do? I found a company that sells natural oils. I have tried natural things before with no relief should I try it? It's been a few years so maybe, just maybe someone made something that will work. I bought a sample. I put it on my back and it worked. I used it a couple more nights. It worked. I bought 4 bottles. They last a long time. I didn't want to run out of it. After only 3 nights I didn't have to use it every night. Now I don't use it much anymore. It has saved my life. I have had thoughts about cutting my legs off. I would never do it, but that is how bad they were. I also use their sleep aid.
I am sleeping now and my legs are totally relaxed. I am so glad I don't take any more medications. I haven't been back to the doctors yet, but that is on my agenda. I have to know if it might have helped the sleep apnea.
I have been so excited about this company Natures Inventory that I have become a home distributor. For me the wellness oils are from God. If I can help anyone get relief from this I will spread the word. Each and everyone of us suffering with Restless Legs has to find our own way of dealing with it. This is mine. The oils are 100% natural. No side effects. WOW. I can handle that. I have used many more but right now my focus was on my legs.
My life is getting back to normal. I am getting out, I go to bed and sleep when I lie down. And I am not exhausted and wake up feeling I have slept. Wonderful, yes, I would say that.
I don't know if it's hereditary, it really doesn't matter. I wish they would find out what causes it so people have more ways to relieve it. People do not understand it so they say all kinds of things. I didn't just tap my foot and shake my leg. It looks like I am having a seizure. One day my father thought I was having a stoke. I had no control. But now I am relaxed.
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