Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My Life With Restless Legs

I have often wondered what has caused this horrible feeling that goes through my legs. When I was younger my legs hurt. Was this restless legs or just growing pains? My sister always complained that I would kick her while I was sleeping. We slept in the same bed at different times. And I felt bad but had no idea I was kicking anything. No one I knew had trouble with their legs. Around the time I was in junior high I started going to dances. I really enjoyed it. I didn't realize it at the time but my legs were moving. No weird feelings and they did not hurt.

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:

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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Author: Relaxed


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interesting picture on your life with restless legs. It sounds very similar to what my wife has been through with the same problem. She start using your oil about a month ago and our life together has already changed for the better. Thank you for helping me get my life and my wife back again.

L. Massey said...

I am so glad you found something that works! I am definitely going to check out your oils-my husband has extreme difficulty sleeping-now i feel like i have a natural alternative to "medication"! Thanks for the great blog!

joey o said...

Hey thanks for getting back to me on This is blowing my mind, where have you been the last 20 yrs of my life? You've definately helped me. I also have to tell you when I had a kidney transplant for 12 years it was hardly there but since I've been back on dialysis I have been really suffering.In the 80s I thought I was nuts, no one knew what I was talking about. When I heard restless leg it described perfectly what I was feeling. Thanks for sharing your story.