Restless Legs

Do any of you have restless legs? It comes and goes for me, where at night about an hour before I go to sleep, and especially if my joints are cold I get these horrible pulses that fire from my joints down my legs.

I’m starting to wonder if it’s weather or barometric pressure related. The last few months it hasn’t been much of a problem until recently. This week at night I feel like I’m losing my mind and it’s quite maddening.

I’ve put hot water bottles on my joints and I’ve tried yoga before bed with minimal relief. Anyway, I’d love to hear from anyone else with restless legs.

After I finally fell asleep last night, we woke up to this beautiful snowfall.

Dinner Last Night:
Kalamata Olive and Herb Socca with Roasted Vegetables has been on my menu for the past 3 weeks and finally we had it for dinner last night. The Socca is like a chickpea crepe. The recipe makes (2) 9 inch soccas. They were really good, though I think they were a little too thick and next time will use less batter in each pan.

2013 Cost of Camping:
110 nights paid camping (through Saturday 10/19)
182 nights free camping
292 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $3,096.29
Daily average cost of camping: $10.60

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  • Reply Lin October 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Oh I am so sorry to hear about your legs. I had it pretty bad back when there was no name for it. Looking back I now feel sure it was caused from the drug Meclizine or Antivert. I use to take it every day for vertigo. I started having it again last year and found out after many searches on the Internet to see what might be causing it and that was a side effect of the Meclizine. Now I just take it PRN and it has gone away. I know how aweful that feeling is and hope you can get some relief soon. I will keep you in my prayers.
    The snowfall is gorgeous. I bet Curtis looked so pretty out there in it. Take care.

    • Reply Leigh October 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks Lin. It’s funny how much dogs love the snow.

  • Reply Gris Svejcar October 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I used to get restless leg when I was in my late 30’s. I was desperate too. I started walking for exercise, and the restlessness went away. Now that I’m a little bit older (Ha!) and my are knees are slightly shot, I just take 20+ minute walks in the morning and evenings. I don’t want it back ever again. I hope this helps.

    • Reply Leigh October 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      We walk, but maybe not enough. I plan to get a fitbit to track how much I walk each day (it also measures how well you sleep) so hopefully with some good metrics I can solve this thing!

  • Reply John and Pam Wright October 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Sorry to hear about your leg issue. Hope you find some help:)

    Beautiful picture!! What a gorgeous scene to wake up seeing.

    Love tonight’s recipe!! Thanks!

  • Reply Rich October 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I get it sometimes, usually associated with sustained stress, especially if combined with not getting at least one long walk (mile or more) in a day. Best remedy for me is stretching backs of the thighs, even if just sitting cross-legged for awhile (alternate each leg on top), also massaging feet, toes, and metatarsals. Also, wearing socks if feet are cold, and I am also a big fan of a nightcap when it’s cold.

    I have also heard it can be a sign of mineral imbalance. More suggestions at:

    • Reply Leigh October 17, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Are you back in the US from your France trip?? Interesting that you associate it with stress. I’m taking everyone’s suggestions, and putting together a spreadsheet to monitor good days vs. bad days.

      We should talk soon.

  • Reply Rich October 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

    also a warm drink with milk and honey is relaxing…!

  • Reply Debbie February 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Okay. Had restless legs so bad and cold all the time where I was taking hot showers in middle of night to get warm and only way to relieve legs was to stand up. I bought an electric blanket and its solved. I am not cold anymore an no more thrashing legs!! Yahoo!

    • Reply Leigh February 25, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Hi Debbie! I’m glad your legs are feeling better. Heat definitely helps me, but since we rarely plug in our Airstream, I have to use a hot water bottle!

  • Reply fran March 6, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I have restless legs only in the winter. It is definatley associated with really cold weather and snow. I believe it is related to barometric pressure. It makes my legs feel like there are creepy crawlers on them. My legs burn too and sometimes, all my skin becomes really sensitive. Almost like it is begin stretched. I have had it for 30 years. I take nuerotin and it helps some. It is definitely nerve related as it can feel it start to tingle and it is inside my skin.

    • Reply Leigh March 7, 2015 at 10:12 am

      Hi Fran, temperature definitely affects my legs. Ever since I started taking iron and magnesium I’ve had a much better time of it. Now they only bother me a little.

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