Hi guys, so you probably already know what I'm about to say but I think I'm onto some good things here.
There are many different causes of RLS so I've written a long list of all of them and I'm going to focus on addressing them.
1. Too much calcium, too little magnesium
So I bet you've already heard about this and started eating more magnesium- rich foods to combat this and it hasn't helped much. Same for me. I drink a ton of milk, which has like 300mg of calcium per 100 ml. I realised that's way too much so I started drinking soy milk which had 7mg per 100 ml. After a few days, I started getting a bit of diarrhoea. I then found out that calcium blocks the laxative effects of magnesium. So basically, if I could get the correct ratio of calcium and magnesium in my body, my muscles would be relaxed and I wouldn't get diarrhoea. I found some products online and bought them immediately. First one is called 'natural vitality calcium magnesium'. Basically it's a powdered drink which is supposed to maintain healthy calcium and magnesium levels. The reviews were very promising and consisted of people suffering from all kinds of illnesses, restless leg syndrome included. I think I definitely have to take this drink once or twice a day. It hasn't arrived in the mail yet, so I'll let you know how effective it is after a week of using it. The second product is a magnesium supplement called 'mgsport 60'. This has mainly magnesium and a bevy of other good vitamins in it. A clinical trial was done using the product which proved that it had a higher absorption rate than magnesium citrate. 3x higher. I have gotten proof of this clinical trial and it is legit, no scam. There are 60 tablets and they recommend you take one a day, but for people like us, I'd say two a day would be needed for the first month. If you're restless leg syndrome has been caused my magnesium deficiency, I've heard it takes like 6-12 months for your body to recover from that. Whether or not that translates to no more rls, I bloody hope so. The tablets cost about $25-35 depending on where you buy them. Postage is variable obviously. That translates to roughly $1 a day since the tablets will last 30 days, so I think this is very fair. The third product is another magnesium one. It's called 'now foods magnesium capsules'. Don't really know much about it as I just found it yesterday. Price is very good and reviews are high, but with RLS you need the very best. If anyone tries it, let me know how it goes. Third product is called 'caruso's super magnesium powder'. This is at my local pharmacy. It's got like seven forms of magnesium in it so I'd guess the absorption rate would be pretty good. Lasts about 40-50 days, very fair price.
2. Iron deficiency
Every rls sufferer knows about this one. I though I just had to load up on iron supplements (some recommended by doctor), which I do, but there's something else you should do. Go get yourself checked for 'helicobacter pylori'. It's a stomach bacterium which inhibits the absorption of iron. I went to the doctor straight away on hearing about this and got a blood test. The test came up negative, so I asked for a referral to get a gastroscopy done. Since its new years break right now, the hospital that does it is closed until tomorrow, so I can't make a booking until then. I will let you know when I get the procedure done and the results that come about it. Not really anything I can do about it except be patient.
3. Medical marijuana
I know people turn their eyes and ears away from stuff like this, but you really need to google medical marijuana and how it can be used for RLS. I have never done weed and rarely drink (since RLS I haven't drunk at all), so it took me a while to get on this bandwagon. I see so many people accounts online of how they took requip then benedine then tramadol then this and that. I have taken sifrol and have just started taken requip, which I will take just in the short term. There is no way in hell I will take those tablets long term, with the constant side effects and variable results, not to mention augmentation. Honestly, medical marijuana might mess up my brain when I'm like 60 or 70 because there have been no long term trials done on its effects, but I want to live my life pain free throughout my 20s and 30s and hopefully 40s. I have heard that doing weed gets rid of RLS completely if you smoke it 2-3 times a day. This is very promising because it sounds like if I can find a good strain of medical marijuana which controls my RLS and has a low THC content (stuff that messes up your brain) then I could be in for something good. I would never smoke it because I don't want to smell like a junkie, but I would definitely vaporise it, which is much much safer and you can do it outside so the only way you'd smell would be from a bad breath. You can shower, brush your teeth and load up on breath fresheners to fix that. If I end up moving on to this, the vaporizer I will use is called 'itaste vv vaporizer 3.0'. It's very cheap, durable and the reviews are very high. I figured if I used this at the park or in a car park every night, it wouldn't be too noticeable. I'd have my medical card on me anyway so I can show that to anyone who feels it's their duty to bring all medical marijuana vaporizers to justice. Medical marijuana is legal where I live, but the actual product won't be available for another 2-3 months so it'll be my last resort. I have no idea how much it'll cost but most people online say that if you use it strictly for RLS, a one month supply can last 3-4 months.
Hope this helps guys. The really frustrating thing about rls is that everytime I find out about something new, I have to wait days and weeks for it to arrive in the mail or before I can get my results back from the doctor. You have to be aggressive with it, otherwise you'll just be miserable. I'll keep you guys posted on what I said above.