Hi everyone, I'm new here but was interested in what you had to say about RLS. I've had this on and off for a number of years and know how frustrating and tiring it is. YOU might want to sleep but your legs or whatever part is problematic, seem to have other ideas. My symptoms manifested as an overwhelming and irresistible urge to move my legs. It generally occurred in the evening or after going to bed. And the more I moved when sitting or lying down the worse it got (a bit like the itch-scratch cycle) until I just couldn't stop moving. It was physically exhausting and, needless to say, drives both you and the person you share a bed with crazy. The only relief was to get up and walk, to bear weight on the offending limbs, but it provided only temporary respite and started up again as soon as the weight-bearing ceased. While in bed I tried lying on my front with legs pressed firmly to the mattress which sometimes worked long enough to let me fall asleep, but over time I gradually recognised a pattern. An 'attack' usually coincided with overtiredness. These days, when I get those first telltale twinges, I know it's time I went to sleep which, nine times out of ten works, providing I respond straight away. It's now quite rare for me to suffer with this maddening affliction. This is just my experience, but if it helps someone else, great!
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