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Restless Leg Syndrome
« on: June 11, 2010, 06:39:57 pm »
I saw this:

BBC News - Healthcheck: Restless legs

and realised I haven't had an attack for a long time. Maybe riding a bike helps relieve it.

Having said that, I think I have had it after tough audaxes - probably some chemical related thing. Any sufferers here?

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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2010, 07:07:39 pm »
Regular and even cycling may help to relieve it, but it has seemed to have caused it (or triggered it) for me after cycling after not cycling for some weeks, or after cycling harder than usual.

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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2011, 07:38:07 pm »
Bump.

I haz it bad right now. Likely a reaction to a tough bike ride yesterday - and maybe some mineral imbalances.

Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2011, 07:49:28 pm »
Dunno if I've actually got restless legs but they don't half twitch after a long ride. It means I need to get some sleep.

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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2011, 07:52:07 pm »
Occasionally, after long rides, I have woken myself up pedalling in my sleep.
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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2011, 08:58:36 pm »
Is RLS the same as leg bouncing? When I sit in a chair it wont be long before I'm bouncing my legs up and down off the balls of my feet, sometimes I don't even realise I'm doing it.

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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2011, 09:57:44 pm »
I used to suffer a lot.  I was very overweight and ate late in the evening, which I think meant there was pressure on some nerve somewhere that kicked it off.  A walk or a wank helped, but losing the very-excess belly and getting out of the habit of tea at ten sorted it.
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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2011, 10:05:01 pm »
Occasionally, after long rides, I have woken myself up pedalling in my sleep.

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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2011, 08:24:27 am »
I got a formal diagnosis of "periodic limb movement disorder" (i.e. sleep twitching) many years ago and the neurologist said this often accompanied by RLS.  I do feel the ants crawling around my legs but do not think I am as bad as some cases I have seen on TV where sufferers can't sit down in a meeting or on a train or plane.

I remember having a conversation during a cycle fitting where the fitter was amazed that I like to have cycle shoes that are loose enough to wiggle my toes around.

I also think this contributes to the fact that I like to move around on the saddle and am constantly change hand positions on the bars.

Cycling probably helps more than hinders (IME).

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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2011, 08:32:21 am »
Restless legs syndrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Seems hard to find the cause.  Possibly related to iron in some cases.  Can be a side effect of certain drugs.
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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2011, 08:34:36 am »
Is RLS the same as leg bouncing? When I sit in a chair it wont be long before I'm bouncing my legs up and down off the balls of my feet, sometimes I don't even realise I'm doing it.

That's different - just spasm.
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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2011, 08:38:25 am »
I remember having a conversation during a cycle fitting where the fitter was amazed that I like to have cycle shoes that are loose enough to wiggle my toes around.

I thought that was normal.  Even my skates have toe wiggle room, and they are the tightest closest fitting shoes/boots I own.
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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2011, 09:01:17 am »
I get a mild form of RLS occasionally. It mostly manifests at my knees and ankles and forces me to move my legs to try and relieve the feeling, which just makes it worse.

Fortunately for me, all but the nastiest episodes are curable with Ibuprofen, so if it is preventing me sleeping I can almost always sort it out within about half an hour.

Triggers for me can be food too close to bed, or most often - sitting with my legs in a cramped position the day after doing a good session of exercise. Not being able to stretch my legs out when sat down is a killer.
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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2011, 10:12:21 am »
I've had RLS since I was 13. I only found out it was a recognised medical condition when my wife sent me to a sleep clinic because she thought I snored too much and had sleep apnea. Medical opinion on those two points was that I didn't snore much (diagnosis disputed on the home front), and didn't have apnea. I am, however, receiving treatment for RLS - miraprexin (also used on Parkinsons Disease). Its significantly reduced my symptoms, although I do get periodic bouts.

Prior to treatment exercise was the main method to relieve the fidgets, now long events are likely to trigger an episode.

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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2014, 09:48:57 pm »
Holy thread revival batman!

Interestingly I have now started getting restless legs since starting my job as a postie. I'm doing a lot more walking now, about 5 and a half miles a day pushing a heavy trolly (and hardly any cycling  :( )

Not sure whether it is just due to me doing more walking than I'm used to.  It mainly manifests itself in awkward feelings in my thighs, which makes me want to move my legs to ease it.  Fortunately, it's not painful, just annoying..... 

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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2014, 11:10:55 pm »
I used to suffer a lot.  I was very overweight and ate late in the evening, which I think meant there was pressure on some nerve somewhere that kicked it off.  A walk or a wank helped, but losing the very-excess belly and getting out of the habit of tea at ten sorted it.

I work with a leg-twitcher. There isn't a pick on him. Next time I'm stuck in a meeting with him I'll suggest he has a wank.

Or a walk.

Either would improve our meetings.
 
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Re: Restless Leg Syndrome
« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2014, 10:43:08 am »
How wonderfully tolerant of you, Paul.

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