The great thing about lots of physical health issues is that it balances my neuroticism. Balance soothes my OCD. Balance doesn’t soothe my restless legs.
The restless leg syndrome (RLS) emerged after I stopped taking benzodiazepines. It’s a not-uncommon problem related to benzos that nobody mentions. Thank God I was just starting in-patient treatment for my eating disorder and wasn’t under any particular stress.
The first benzo-free days were sheer misery: the RLS wasn’t confined to evenings and nights early on. The burning pain and imperative movement happened 24-7. I learned that pounding my fists into my thighs in a vicious massage helps. So do calcium-magnesium supplements (they help chronically, and also as an immediate pain killer when things get bad).
On the bright side, even without withdrawal I’d probably have inherited RLS from my mother. Her type one diabetes aside (it was caused by an infection in the pancreas), we seem to be twins in the negative health happenings. Bad news for me: our osteoarthritis gene is thrilled. Mine appears to be winning. I’m so glad to be adding to the restless legs base.
Thus ends my introduction to an excellent read on the subject.
“Ayurvedic Treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome (Willis-Ekbom disease)”
Restless legs syndrome (RLS), as the name suggests is a condition where the person is forced by himself and his legs are voluntarily shaken or moved uncontrollably for a long time in a day. It is a nervous system disorder that causes an overpowering urge to move the legs. It’s also known as Willis-Ekbom disease. […]Ayurvedic Treatment for RESTLESS LEGS (Willis-Ekbom disease)