Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
I'd like to take this opportunity to tell
other RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) sufferers about my experiences with
A few years ago I began to have very uncomfortable feelings in my legs at night.
To the point that it was painful and impeding my sleep. I remember trying to
sleep with my legs propped up along the wall (I was desperate by this point!).
Sleeping in a sitted position was another of my "poses". When neither worked, I
would pound on my legs with my fists to try to alleviate the discomfort. Also
Advil and Tylenol were frequently used. Anyway, this went on for a couple of
months. In the meantime, I was receiving acupuncture treatments for chronic back
pain (which helped significantly). I asked Steve (my acupuncturist) if
treatments could help my condition. He suggested I try a few sessions. Imagine
my utter shock when AFTER THE FIRST TREATMENT I slept like a baby! And every
night thereafter for about a year! Now I get a treatment occasionally when it
flares up. And I educate myself as much as possible on the disorder. Anyone who
suffers from RLS should see an acupuncturist.... give it a try!
Sylvette Hickey, RN