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I've posted in other places on the site about my RLS, and I've actually found a "cure," at least for me. My RLS started with my pregnancies when I was in my 30's and has gotten worse over the years. I'm usually absolutely miserable on plane trips, in movie theaters, at long business meetings, at night when I'm trying to go to sleep, etc. One of the moderators here suggested that I try taking a magnesium supplement, which I did about 3 or 4 months ago. I take it every night and it helped somewhat by relaxing my muscles, but I still had the RLS symptoms during the day.
But then I discovered that I was anemic when I recently had an annual physical and blood tests done. My doctor had me start taking an iron supplement about a month ago, and I swear the RLS has practically disappeared. There are times when it flares up slightly, but recently I went on a 5-hour flight (and back), and I was completely comfortable. Not even a slight twitch. I can sit through movies with no problem. My husband doesn't complain about me kicking during the night, and I used to kick in my sleep all the time. I really believe that a lack of iron has something to do with RLS.....

June 23, 2009 - 11:08pm


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