In a recent *survey of 12,567 individuals, 41.8% indicated they experience Restless Leg Syndrome[RLS].
Restless legs syndrome is a sensory motor neurological movement disorder affecting 12 million Americans. Many health care practitioners are not familiar with RLS and its symptoms can be easily obscured among other health conditions like insomnia and heart disease. The most practical way to say it is medicine has no idea what causes RLS or how to treat it. Some of the latest studies on RLS just make people with RLS more anxious because they have been told there is no cure for RLS and now they are told it increases their risk of heart disease.
RLS symptoms occur at rest, lying, or sitting and include creeping, crawling, tingling, pulling, twitching, tearing, aching, throbbing, prickling, or grabbing sensations in the calves. The result is an uncontrollable urge to relieve the uncomfortable sensation by moving the legs.
Right now there is a long list of drugs being used for RLS. For a condition that may be due to a magnesium and/or mineral deficiency it’s sad to see drugs with dozens of potential side effects approved for RLS. Even more ironic is that many of the side effects are magnesium deficiency symptoms themselves
- Dopamine agonists: Mirapex, Neupro and Requip act like the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. Side effects include euphoria, pericardial effusion, fibrous thickening of heart and lungs, hallucinations, psychosis, weight loss, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness, narcolepsy, lightheadedness, Raynaud’s, fainting, twitching, twisting, unusual body movements, pathological addiction.
- Dopaminergic agents: Sinemet used for Parkinsons may increase the level of dopamine in the brain and may improve leg sensations in RLS. However, they may cause a worsening of symptoms for some people after daily use. Side effects include nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, and involuntary movements (dyskinesias).
- Benzodiazepines: Restoril, Xanax, Klonopin are sedatives. They don’t relieve symptoms but just help you sleep through the symptoms. These drugs are addictive and very difficult to quit. Side effects include sedation, dizziness, weakness, unsteadiness, depression, loss of orientation, headache, sleep disturbance.
- Opiates: One example is Vicodin. Opiates are very addictive and as your body gets used to them you need more and more to give you any relief. Side effects include shallow breathing, light headedness, fainting, confusion, fear, unusual thoughts for behavior, seizures, difficulty urinating, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, itching, dry mouth, dizziness and constipation.
- Anticonvulsants: Neurontin and Horizant may help relieve the symptoms of RLS as well as chronic pain or nerve pain. Side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, anxiety, depression, agitation, hostility, restlessness, hyperactivity (mentally or physically), suicidal thoughts.
- Alpha2 agonists: Catapres is an example. Such drugs stimulate alpha2 receptors in the brain stem. This activates nerve cells (neurons) that “dials down” the part of the nervous system that controls muscle involuntary movements and sensations. Side effects include fast or pounding heartbeats, tremors, shortness of breath, rapid weight gain, confusion, hallucinations, flu symptoms, problems urinating, drowsiness dizziness, fatigue, irritability, cold symptoms, mood changes, insomnia, nightmares, headache, fever, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, dry mouth, impotence.
When a chronic or and difficult-to-remedy condition responds to ReMag people are stunned especially when they have tried other forms of magnesium. With each new testimonial it’s obvious that many magnesium products are not well enough absorbed to give the therapeutic levels offered by ReMag. For example, this testimonial highlights the relief from RLS and the absorption of ReMag:
“Our RnA ReSet Drops and ReMag arrived. I am astounded because after taking ½ tsp of ReMag my RLS was much, much better last night.” She wrote back the next day. “I’m very amazed, again last night I had almost no RLS symptoms. I usually have RLS all night long, every night, and even at 5am when I awaken and sometimes during the day when I am relaxing. In order to get to sleep I take several natural sleep aids but almost never sleep for more than two hours at a time. Apparently I even move my legs and kick in my sleep. When I wake up I have to walk around and do things to distract myself, if I sit down the RLS starts up again. All the doctors say there is no cure and you must take strong drugs (ones that affect your dopamine). I have tried many things, and nothing has really worked at all, not even Life Extension magnesium. So this is very surprising, to have two nights with almost no symptoms.”
Some research shows that people with RLS may suffer from iron deficiency. However, only 15% of the RLS clinical population appears to have peripheral iron deficiency (serum ferritin < 50 mcg/l). Yet, 20-50mcg/l is said to be the optimal level for ferritin and indicates you don’t have iron overload and taking iron could increase iron toxicity in the body. In addition to supplementing with ReMag, using an iron supplement for a peripheral iron deficiency is an option but people do have to be careful in so doing.
Tonight on Dr. Carolyn Dean LIVE we’re going to talk with our listeners about Restless Leg Syndrome and how proper supplementation with magnesium and other minerals may offer the much needed relief you desire. You’ll hear Dr. Dean answer the most relevant questions – YOURS! Yes, you have the option to email us and have your question or comment included in our MailBag Segment. You can also call and talk One-on-One with Dr. Dean during the show. Remember, the valuable information, suggestions, and insights about your health choices should always be discussed with your doctor.