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Restless legs

Discussion in 'Type 2 with Insulin' started by Nausicaa, May 23, 2018.

  1. Nausicaa

    Nausicaa Type 2 · Member

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    I have found since starting on insulin my legs have become more restless at night does anyone have this problem? It gets painful at times and I can’t get comfortable either. Any tips or pointers how to relieve this? Thanks x
     
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    Jenny15 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Nausicaa. I have RLS symptoms too. In my case it's a side effect of an antidepressant I'm on. I am prescribed Clonidine, which provides a fair amount of relief for me. There are several drugs like it that may treat RLS but it can be very hit and miss. RLS is often hard to treat but if it is caused by insulin then there may be things you can do to fix it.

    I am starting on insulin soon, so I can't comment on that side of it. I'm sure those with experience with insulin will help you out. Good luck.
     
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    francesk Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My GP prescribed me gabapentin (spelling?) for my foot neuropathy, and I find this has helped my restless legs a great deal too.
     
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    Roseanne01 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Assuming it is restless legs and not neuropathy have you tried iron supplements? And if you've been on metformin any length if time B12 can be an issue. Both of these worked for me.
     
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    Sani Thomas Type 2 · Guest

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    Hi, I also have noticed that my legs have become jumpy after starting on insulin. Usually when I'm relaxing or when I'm nodding off. I'm surprised that it happens when I'm fully awake. I don't think it is RLS but I'm no specialist. It is odd feeling to see and feel your legs jumping though.
    Not sure if the connection is with insulin, but it definitely started with me starting on insulin.
     
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    Brianiacsleep Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi Nausicaa, I also suffer from sciatica and my doctor tried a few drugs to help, unfortunately all of them made me drowsy, but Pregabalin also stopped the restless legs and helped me to sleep. I only take it as required.
     
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    A nice hot bath before bed helps, I’ve had restless syndrome for years also magnesium tablets and spray help.
     
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    I generally get a towel and stretch each foot out and then I just cover my legs in cold water from my knees down. This usually works
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Pregablin helps with hot poker stabs in my big toe as well as previous numb baby toe. All on my right again though. Sciatica pain so much more bareable on pregablin. Opiates numb the heavier pains. Amptriplyline relaxes me enough for sleep otherwise awake every 2hrs. With restless body and mind.
     
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    I also suffer from this - although mine is related to pernicious anaemia and B12 deficiency. Assuming your B12 and thyroid levels are ok, you might find an Epsom salt bath and magnesium spray help. I got a Mg spray from Holland and Barrett which works wonders. It’s called “Goodnight” I think.
     
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