Restless Legs

Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome: Condition characterised by nearly irresistible urge to move legs, typically in the evening. Defined as a sleeping disorder.

A really good friend of mine, Kerryn, told me about her story with restless leg syndrome and how she has found an easy, affordable solution to resolve her symptoms.

About a year ago, I started a healthy diet with the aim of losing weight and just getting healthier. I was struggling with different issues but one of the most debilitating ones was Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). I couldn’t sit and rest (especially at night) and my sleep was being affected.

Part of the diet included a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (ACV, raw unfiltered with “mother” enzyme) to be taken each day. After a few days of being on  the diet, my restless legs had disappeared.

I was thrilled!

I thought it was all the veggies. I have continued to take the ACV for the past year.

A few days ago I got a tummy bug and so I stopped taking ACV. Four days on and my restless legs had returned with a vengeance. I was devastated. After wracking my brain to try and figure out why, I connected the lack of ACV and my symptoms returning. Then and there I took a tablespoon and within an hour I felt better. A few days later on and I am once again am free of my restless legs. I am so excited and hope this helps someone else out there who battles with RLS.

Restless LegsKerryn Haarhoff

Diagnosis

Restless Leg Syndrome is diagnosed by exclusion. What this means is you need to be assessed by a medical doctor and they will rule out other possible underlying conditions. If no other conditions are found, Restless Leg Syndrome is given as the diagnosis based on your symptoms.

Related Conditions

Little is known of the cause or prevention of restless leg syndrome. It seems that it can be hereditary and related to a few conditions – Parkinson’s, kidney failure, peripheral neuropathy and diabetes.

Treatments

In short, it is agreed that there is no solution for Restless Leg Syndrome. However, the consensus is that avoiding caffeine, getting into a good sleeping routine, massage, hot bath and regular exercise may help ease or alleviate symptoms. Also there are a number – of VERY strong – medications, which unfortunately come with some considerable side – effects.

Kerryn has also given a further alternative: Apple Cider Vinegar. This has helped her, is easily accessible and affordable. Kerryn recommends that you take the Tablespoon of ACV in a cup of warm water daily. I would suggest it is worth a try, along with the other suggestions, before using medication.

Restless legs

Suggestions

Have you struggled with Restless Leg Syndrome? Share your story below. Maybe after intense exercise when your energy levels are depleted?

It does seem that there is a circulatory component involved. For regular exercises and to exclude possible other causes, contact a physiotherapist. If it is more a medical problem, your physiotherapist will refer you on to the appropriate medical practitioner.