Restless Legs, Part 2

Wednesday, 27 December 2006 at 5:00 am Pacific USA Time.

Restless leg syndrome. Of all the made-up diseases, this has to be my favourite. When I was a kid, didn’t we call this pins and needles? You need a medicine now because you’ve been sitting around and it would really help if you moved your legs? An urge to move your legs is now a syndrome?

Incidentally, this could be minor dehydration and/or pins and needless. Minor (to severe) dehydration can cause numbness and/or tingling in the extremities. So rather than going on meds, why not have a few litres of water.

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2 Responses to “Restless Legs, Part 2”

  1. ViewsAskew says:

    Well, in a word, no. RLS is not the same thing as pins and needles. It is an honest-to-goodness neurological disease. . .with an incredibly stupid name. Think it’s new? Nope. It’s been written about since at least the 1600’s. It was given a designation as a disease in the 1940’s, long before drug companies were trying to make profits.
    So, why, you ask, has no one heard of it before now? I have no clue. But as a third generation sufferer – oh, did I also say it has a genetic propensity to run in families? – I am truly glad someone had heard of it and that the drug companies are trying to make money. These new drugs are allowing some of us with a severa version to regain our lives, our jobs, and even save our failing marriages.
    The marketing may be abysmal, but the disease is real. I use the word disease specifically as the researchers now know enough about it to call is a disease and not a syndrome. So, dis the marketing if you will, as this is what is done here. Just don’t dis something you don’t know anything about. . .or research it before you say it doesn’t exist.

  2. Blah says:

    Just be happy you don’t have it.
    The urge to move your legs gets worse and worse until you move them. You move them and it subsides, for a couple seconds, if you’re lucky. Then it just starts building and building until you move them again. It’s really F’ing annoying. Repeat that for hours on end every day.
    It’s not painful, mostly just annoying. The annoyance to some people can be dehabilitating though. I’ve learned to just fidget constantly to get rid of it. I don’t think I have a severe case though. I don’t think that works for everyone, and it doesn’t work when you’re trying to go to sleep.
    I don’t bother telling people the reason I fidget is because of RLS. I’ve told a few people and they think I’m nuts like you. Like I’m making it up. It’s impossible to describe the feeling. It’s like there are worms crawling in your legs. Moving makes it go away, then it comes right back.
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