As I’ve shared I have been struggling with restless leg syndrome and self diagnosed myself with sciatica (I haven’t had a chance to visit my doctor yet about it). If you have never experienced RLS, in my case the pain and numbness originates around my sacrum and radiates down one or both of my legs (usually my right leg). This numb tingly pain gives me the unbearable urge to move my leg. It is more annoying than anything but definitely makes relaxing almost impossible. The sciatic pain I can handle, the RLS needs a solution, this mama is getting TIRED! hah.
I have done a lot of research on what causes RLS and how to treat it, but have hardly found answers. These are the treatments I have tried so far.
1. Lavender-epsom salt bath: this treatment is hit or miss. Sometimes it gives me a little relief, sometimes I get restless legs in the tub and have to get out. I have read that magnesium and lavender (independently or together) can be used to treat RLS, unfortunately I haven’t had much success with these in a spray or a soak, together or on their own.
2. Eating magnesium rich foods. I have tried avacado, leafy greens, almonds, PB, soy milk…nothing works.
3. Consume more iron. Didn’t make a difference.
4. Tylenol. I have tried taking this and find it works, most times. I really hate taking pills like this and try to avoid at all cost.
5. Ice. Feels great in the short term by freezing the area, however as soon as the ice is gone I am aware of my symptoms again.
6. Heat pad. This works a little better for me, my conclusion is that it helps release or loosen up tight muscles I have in my hips which causes the restlessness.
7. Moving around. Seems legit right. I have tried this and found occassionally I might get a little relief as I move but the symptoms reappear as soon as I sit or lay down.
8. Foam roller. This has worked the best so far. When I roll out my lower back, I often sit on my sacrum and feel pressure on the muscles. This will often cause my leg to feel restless while I roll, but relieves the symptoms for a short time after 👌
So far those are the most common treatments I have discovered. If you have dealt with it and have any other suggestions I would LOVE to try them out!!
**Keep in mind, the things that haven’t worked for me may work for you so don’t write them off without trying 😊