Hi I am Caz, I have been suffering with RLS for over twenty years in fact the first I was aware of any symptoms was when I was pregnant with my eldest son who is now 24. After the pregnancy the symptoms did not go away like they do in some cases, and since then I have struggled with this condition every night making it almost impossible to get any restful sleep. No matter how long I have had the condition I will never get used to this stress, torment and feelings that I have each night when all I am begging for, is a few hours sleep like other 'normal people' have. I don't even mind if I only have a couple of hours, I do not expect to get as people say 'their full eight hours' - just enough to enable me to function the next day. To many this condition is not life threatening but it is certainly life changing and affects you and your family in nearly everything you want to do. For those people who are lucky enough not to have experienced the symptoms of RLS I don't think they would be able to truely understand what it is like to have a condition that deprives you of what should be a natural thing to do - sleep. I didn't talk to friends and people for years about it and how it affected me, only to other members of my family who suffer from it as well, as the condition can run in families. People just did not understand and said things like "I have to get my full eight hours sleep otherwise I can't function" - I felt like they thought I chose to keep myself awake night after night like a torture. I am sure so many of you on here go through the same and it would be good to hear from you - so many nights go by and I feel I am the only one on the world suffering and that everybody else are enjoying the luxury of sleep.Read less
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