Friday, 30 September 2011

RLS - just another trial

Once again, typing on my iPhone. So there may be odd mistakes or completely wrong words thanks to auto-correct, my nemisis.

If you know what RLS stands for than you most likely suffer from it. Restless Leg Syndrome for those who don't. I've had it for as long as I can remember but I didn't always know it actually had a name and others struggled with it. I don't have it very bad. There are people that take medication for it. The only time I really can say it is bad is when I am pregnant. And then you can't take anything.

For those of you who don't know what it is, basically it is what it is called. And it is usually worse at night when you want to fall asleep but your legs make you feel like you are going crazy. When it is really bad nothing helps besides getting up and walking around which is hard to do when all you want to do is sleep.

But I have found something that helps me anyways. A massage pillow or cushion that viberates. If it is one of those neck pillows you place it between your calves and turn it on. I discovered this in my first pregnancy. Unfortunately I killed two of those babies. Well this pregnancy it started again when I hit my second trimester. It started to become more than the usual once in a while suffering. And there were no massage neck pillows to be found. So my husband bought me the back massage ones that have heat. This baby is ten times better! All I have to do is lay it under my legs, plug it in and go to sleep. It doesn't shut off so if the restlessness leaves in the night I just turn it off on one of my many pee breaks. The downside? Apparently it will drive your spouse from the bed to the couch. Which later on might not be a bad thing when I am feeling huge and want more space at night in our bed!

So there you have it. An outlet to a condition that causes the sufferer to lose much needed sleep.

I know This was not a very deep post but I hope it helps at least one other person find relief from RLS.

And for my faithful friends. Thank you for your prayers. After some gravol and iv fluids last Night I am on the mend.


  1. Glad you're starting to feel better! My legs and arms ache and tingle when pregnant. I wonder if this would help? Hmmmmm

  2. It might. Mine tend to be more twitchy than painful. Like they are being creepy crawled all over. So I have more of the tingle feeling in my legs.

  3. Ew. I hate creepy-crawly feeling. I think I might prefer painful...maybe