In 2002 I was diagnosed with Ekbom's Syndrome by a Professor of Neurology in Birmingham. I was informed there was no treatment available. Previously I had endured this distressing condition for approximately 10 years. The pain became intolerable and I was prescribed very strong analgesics by my G.P.
In 2004 I retired. I was concerned about these drugs and discontinued taking them. I then discovered I had Lactose Intolerance and commenced a Dairy free diet. After 2-3 weeks the pain and restlessness in my feet, legs and hands began to subside. Now, unless I am lazy about my diet I am symptom free.
I have to be vigilant about the hidden Dairy Products in food, I have found Lactose in crisps!! I use a magnifying glass in the Supermarkets to read the allergy information, the print is very small on packaging. Lacto free milk, cheese, yogurt and cream are readily available in shops and there are plenty of soya products.
I have tested this remedy on myself constantly over the years with the same result - If I eat dairy products the Ekbom's returns..I did contact another help group with this information but was ignored. This has made me reluctant to share with others as people may think it is a hoax. Having found this site and reading the distressing messages I have changed my mind.
IF YOU WANT TO TRY THIS REMEDY YOU MUST DISCUSS IT WITH YOUR G.P. AND GET DIET AND CALCIUM INTAKE ADVICE
I hope this blog helps you all. If you do try it and your condition improves please keep me informed, if there is a link between lactose and Restless legs then maybe some researched could be initiated.