*Author’s note: This is an article about the author’s own personal experience with restless leg syndrome. It is not meant as advice or treatment recommendations.
I remember as a teen, I would lie in in bed and my legs would ache. I was told that it was “growing pains”. I would raise my legs while lying down and I would do a bicycle pedal in the air. Then I would suddenly plop my legs down the bed with a bang. This would provide some temporary relief. The problem cleared up for many years, only to resurface in my late forties. At this point, I researched the problem online. I discovered that it is described as an urge to move your legs while at rest. The cause is unknown. It produces an aching or crawly feeling in the legs and irresistible urge to move them. Sometimes they move on their own. For some, it may be caused by a deficiency in iron, magnesium or folate, but generally the cause is “unknown”. One thing I have found, personally, my symptoms disappear, for the most part, when I eat copious amounts of wheat germ every day. I am talking about at least 4 tablespoons. One thing that tends to cause my symptoms to reoccur, is taking antihistamines that cause drowsiness. Another preventative measure that has helped me greatly is to go to bed regularly at 10:30 pm. Usually I fall asleep before any “kicking” takes place.
I have developed and arsenal of coping techniques that I use when symptoms do occur. Usually one of these provides enough relief that I am able to get to sleep. There is a homeopathic remedy called, Hyoscyamus Niger 6 C, which I order from Boiron, often stops it within 15 minutes. Homeopathy is a system of medicine that uses plant animal and mineral energy to heal your energy force. Now if that sounds spooky, it really isn’t Samuel Hahnemann, M.D. discovered in 1796, that he could successfully use nature to stimulate the body’s own natural defenses based on the principle that any substance that can cause an illness can also cure it. Homeopathy is considered to be safe and effective. I was first introduced to it when I saw a homeopathic vet save my cats life. His regular vet had given up on him. I had to hold him up in his litter box so he could relieve himself. Otherwise, he was lying on his side and unable to move very much, let alone stand. Well, I searched out a natural medicine vet and in three days Tabby was well using herbs and homeopathy. I was elated and obviously impressed. If it did that for him, what would homeopathy do for me?? I researched it and have used it successfully to help myself many times.
Back to the restless legs…if for some reason, the remedy doesn’t work. (This happens rarely), or I run out of the remedy, I will get up and use olive oil to massage my legs. After a leisurely deep massage, I will then take a small electric heater which blows hot air and slowly move it up and down my legs, including my feet. A hair dryer works in a pinch but the heater works better. Then, to bed. For the most part, I have kicked restless legs out of my life!
I have also experienced physical healing by spiritual means many times in my life. More about that next time! Wishing you health, peace and joy.
Andrea Hartley is a certified Mind-Body Connection Wellness Coach. For a free 30 minute introductory session call 609-533-7966 or email Mindbodywellnesscoach@gmail.com