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Old 11-22-2008, 04:09 PM   #41
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It's now been a month since this topic came up. I've been taking half of an aspirin each night before going to bed, and haven't had any restless legs since. Could be a placebo effect or chance, but that's my observation.

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Old 11-23-2008, 03:48 PM   #42
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DH has this syndrome---not taking any treatment for it---the side effects for the advertised drugs sound scary. Interestingly, I heard a radio program the other day the referred to the Viking effect of this syndrome---apparently Scandinavian ancestry increases the probability of RLS---at least that was the thought on program.

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Old 12-16-2008, 12:44 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by Rich_in_Tampa View Post
Non-drug therapies like massage don't have any supporting evidence.
I think maybe this means there haven't been a lot of studies done
on non-drug therapies, for painfully obvious reasons.

I have suffered from this affliction (mild to moderate) for some years.
Without question, the best single thing I can do is to cut back on my
caffeine (I guess this counts as a non-drug therapy Also, there is no
question in my mind that things like massage (even just rubbing one
calf briefly with the heel of the other foot), pounding the offending calf
with fist, standard calf-stretching exercises, and hot baths (or simply
a hot-water bottle) ARE effective. Effective enough to avoid drugs ?
Maybe not.

That being said, I am taking 250ug of klonazepam most nights, more
for an over-active mind than for RLS. My doc says he has no problem
with my taking this dosage long-term, but I'd be curious of other
opinion on that .
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:54 PM   #44
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you should see a physician, preferably a psychiatrist as they are the experts with these problems
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:38 AM   #45
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Funny, out here in CA there are newspaper advertisements from the pot docs encouraging you to make an appointment if you have RLS. I actually know someone who does find marijuana very helpful for his RLS, but it seems like a shotgun approach to me.

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