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?Restless Leg (and Arm) syndrome after exercise

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 17, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Hi

Sometimes, after hard exercise, I have fitful sleep and what I would describe as restless leg and arm syndrome (my limbs just feel "charged up" and I feel I need to flex/move them). Any hacks?

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Reachy

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on November 19, 2011
at 01:21 PM

This is really really interesting. My mom suffers from restless legs and is dependent on mirapex, and I figured I'd eventually go that route as well since I suffer from it occasionally. I noticed today that I haven't had an episode since I started supplementing magnesium at night. Didn't connect the dots until I read this post. I'll tell my mom about this supplement combo. Thanks for sharing!

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on November 18, 2011
at 04:13 AM

Please try it Toni, take 2-3 caps at night, or when you feel the symptoms, usually in the evening/night. I was on all kinds of drugs (like Depakote) for RLS, nothing else worked. Also check the article above regarding iron.

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on November 18, 2011
at 03:49 AM

Thanks, Annie. I have terrible RLS and take Mirapex for it, but I'd rather not be taking a drug (it's a medication used, in higher doses, for Parkinsons). I'm going to try your stuff!

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on November 18, 2011
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This article also discusses iron deficiency and cortisol. http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/restless-leg-syndrome/causes.html

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caution; if you have high blood pressure do your research before considering sodium &/or potassium supps. I actually had low blood pressure; possibly another indicator that i was deficient in sodium &/or potassium.

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on November 17, 2011
at 10:53 PM

Magnesium is sucked up during exercise in the process of making ATP. http://www.thinkmuscle.com/articles/jalali/magnesium.htm

You may be magnesium deficient. A good form of magnesium for restless legs is Magnesium malate http://www.livestrong.com/article/535655-magnesium-malate-for-restless-legs/

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:32 AM

I have restless legs and I have tried every medication under the sun without success. My husband accidentally stumbled across this product made to replace electrolytes in athletes. He saw that several people had written to the manufacturer claiming that it helped restless legs. I ordered it, and have taken 1-2 capsules a night for the last several years. All I can say is that IT WORKS! I have recommended it to others with 100% success. The nutrient ratios are not what others are recommending here, so I am not exactly sure what makes these pills magic, but please try them. There is little worse in life than not being able to rest because ones legs and body are jumpy. [1]: http://www.hammernutrition.com/products/endurolytes.elt.html?gclid=CIeEufmRv6wCFckZQgod5AeOrA

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on November 18, 2011
at 03:00 AM

This article also discusses iron deficiency and cortisol. http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/restless-leg-syndrome/causes.html

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

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on November 18, 2011
at 04:13 AM

Please try it Toni, take 2-3 caps at night, or when you feel the symptoms, usually in the evening/night. I was on all kinds of drugs (like Depakote) for RLS, nothing else worked. Also check the article above regarding iron.

F44b15b2fd1ad134200793d6b474fc4c

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on November 18, 2011
at 03:49 AM

Thanks, Annie. I have terrible RLS and take Mirapex for it, but I'd rather not be taking a drug (it's a medication used, in higher doses, for Parkinsons). I'm going to try your stuff!

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on November 19, 2011
at 01:21 PM

This is really really interesting. My mom suffers from restless legs and is dependent on mirapex, and I figured I'd eventually go that route as well since I suffer from it occasionally. I noticed today that I haven't had an episode since I started supplementing magnesium at night. Didn't connect the dots until I read this post. I'll tell my mom about this supplement combo. Thanks for sharing!

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on November 19, 2011
at 01:31 PM

Intense exercise usually exacerbates RLS symptoms for people who suffer from it. BTW, RLS is not a feeling of your legs hurting, it's that you have an overwhelming urge to move it (it's usually just one leg, for me) or an involuntary twitching, or a feeling of ants crawling, that kind of thing. It takes over your mind, particularly when it prevents you from sleeping or when you're in an airplane or a concert and can't get up and move around. It's truly awful. I hoard a few of my mom's mirapex for when I have to take a transatlantic flight.

I have noticed a real change in my RLS symptoms since I gave up grains and sugar and started supplementing with magnesium. I haven't had an eposide in like a month. And when I do wake up at night, I can just do a few stretches and go back to bed and my leg doesn't bother me at all. I didn't connect the dots until I read this question!

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:36 AM

The sensation in my legs PWO might not be best described as "restless," but they are certainly uncomfortable, especially as my quads hit the tops of my knees. Rolling my quads on a pvc after working out releases this tension quite a bit.

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on November 17, 2011
at 11:12 PM

+1 for the mag, i had similar symptoms before supping with Mag.
I now take 300mg mag powder complex (amino acid chelate, aspartate, orotate) in the morning
& 250mg (100mg mag glycinate, 150mg mag citrate) about 60 to 90 mins before bed.

I also make sure my other electrolytes are good, i believe i became deficient in salts, so i now supp with sodium & potassium as well. this may have also helped with the restless legs/sleep & cramping.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on November 17, 2011
at 11:23 PM

caution; if you have high blood pressure do your research before considering sodium &/or potassium supps. I actually had low blood pressure; possibly another indicator that i was deficient in sodium &/or potassium.

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on November 17, 2011
at 10:21 PM

My husband gets it too. I read it was largely due to dehydration. He drinks more now, Inc specialist hydration drinks and rarely gets it anymore.

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