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Unread 01-22-2008, 01:31 PM   #1
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I have restless feet. At night when I go to bed I tend to lay there rubbing one foot over the other. So strange. It's hard to relax and go to sleep.

I wonder if anyone else has this problem.

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Unread 01-23-2008, 05:16 PM   #2
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G'day Tootsie,
good to meet you.
I have Restless Leg Syndrome which does affect my feet as well. There are some medications which can actually make it worse. If this is something new, it might be worth speaking with your doctor in case it's a side-effect of a medication you may be taking for something else.

It's an awful (dreadful actually!) feeling to have, esp. when trying to go to sleep. There are a few things to try that might assist if it is indeed related to RLS. I find if my feet or legs are too hot then it's a big trigger and also if I eat too much salt (even hidden salt in foods). Caffeine also. I'll post the link to the RLS Foundation website. It might give you some ideas.

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for me, what works is to stick my feet outside the covers, and hanging off the edge of the bed, at the side.

it seems to work, to have nothing *touching* them.

a few years back, besides being restless, they were also burning and tingling and hurting.

I placed a board under the covers at the foot of the bed, to hold the covers UP and away from them.

nowadays, the restless legs usually only bother me if they're *dangling* (I'm 5' 2" and many chairs are too tall for me)

so, I use a foot-rest when sitting, and cross my legs at the ankles, remembering to switch frequently.

I don't take any of the standard meds for RLS.
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......Now that I've started on Calcium for my crumbly bones, Vit D and Magnesium ......I don't get the restless legs/feet thing at all!
I'm sure you read the reply that I wrote above, but I really have had great relief from these over the counter medications.

Before I started those meds I would hang my feet out of the bed, walk barefooted on cold floor tiles, soak my feet in cold water, or take a hot water bottle .... filled will icy cold water, to bed with me.

All of those were beneficial for short periods of time. I doubt that the VitD or Calcium have done anything, but I truly have had excellent relief since starting the Magnesium.

I hope you get relief soon, because I know just how disabling RLS can be.
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Try hanging a cold washcloth over your feet. It works for me!
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Try hanging a cold washcloth over your feet. It works for me!
I find mine gets worse, the more tired I am. So at the first hint of aching or tingling, my body is telling me it's time to retire for the evening. If I go to bed at that point, I can fall asleep.
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I have restless feet. At night when I go to bed I tend to lay there rubbing one foot over the other. So strange. It's hard to relax and go to sleep.

I wonder if anyone else has this problem.

Tootsie
Tootsie, I have the same problem and it is a problem, I cannot keep my feet still. when I get in bed I rub them against one another until I press so hard it starts to hurt. I try to keep my feet as far apart as I can. I also hang my feet out from under the covers over the side of the bed. and I cannot seem to have the covers over them I feel the covers and they are to tight. I sometimes use a pillow at the bottom of the bed under the covers and that helps. What can a person do about this??
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If my dog or my boyfriends legs get close to my feet while I'm sleeping or laying down, I "dig" and then start twisting them around under whatever the object might be until my calf muscles start to burn, and honestly I think it feels great. But I should stop because no one wants to be around my feet while I'm laying down, since I do it so hard that is hurts them, and my boyfriend and dog hate it. But idk what to do???
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Tootsie, I have the same problem and it is a problem, I cannot keep my feet still. when I get in bed I rub them against one another until I press so hard it starts to hurt. I try to keep my feet as far apart as I can. I also hang my feet out from under the covers over the side of the bed. and I cannot seem to have the covers over them I feel the covers and they are to tight. I sometimes use a pillow at the bottom of the bed under the covers and that helps. What can a person do about this??
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I have been having the same issue for about 5 years. I get up many times during the night because of shaking/twitching feet or hand. My left foot gives me the most problem. The shaking is accompanied with anxiety, as if my body is lacking something. When I am woken up, drinking about 8 to 16 ounces of water helps. If this does not help, then I take two potassium pills (99 mg each). This helps most of the time. It is strange though because my blood potassium level is within the correct range, however, the sodium is slightly below the range, or at the lowest value of the range. I wonder if there is a connection is one of these electrolytes? I also tried taking the magnesium supplements. It did not help with shaking but provide provide some relief with leg cramps.
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I have restless feet. At night when I go to bed I tend to lay there rubbing one foot over the other. So strange. It's hard to relax and go to sleep.

I wonder if anyone else has this problem.

Tootsie
Hi i have the same problem, i have diabetes and chronic fatigue but over the last year i cannot stop moving or rubbing my feet in bed, it is really annoying when i try to stop because my sub conscious seems to be fighting me and this really annoys me, i get it just laying on the sofa or even now when i'm at the computer, i'm telling myself to do it right now, god i'm angry.

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