Hi everybody, my name is Margie and I would like some help please to confirm if I do in fact suffer from RLS.
I saw the Chanel 5 program on RLS this evening and I did not recognise many of the symptoms described except the gentleman who had involuntary spasms while asleep.
To explain, for as long as I can remember (I am 48) I have suffered what I call 'jitters'.
This is a sensation in one or the other foot/lower leg when I am tired of what I can only describe as a feeling like I have been poked by a cattle prod causing like an electric shock and a mild to sever involuntary spasm. However this happens mostly in the evening before I go to bed. Walking around will sometimes bring some relief. A mild attack will cause a spasm every few minutes. A sever attack can be every few seconds. Any attempt to stop a spasm only makes them worse.
This does not happen every night. I can go weeks without any attacks then days/weeks when it happens every night.
In all my life the only time I have not suffered is when I was pregnant and on high doses of iron for anaemia.
After being prescribed Gabapentin about 18 months ago for another condition I have also noticed a greatly reduced frequency in attacks.
Can anybody tell me if this is RLS or not?
Many thanks in advance x