So I’ve been having these issues with my legs cramping up when I get tired. It’s something that’s been bothering me off and on ever since I was a little kid, but it’s gotten worse and worse over the last few years. Recently though, it’s been seriously affecting my (and Jen’s) sleep the last 4-5 days as my legs have been twitching uncontrollably for hours. I finally got sick and tired of it yesterday and went in to see my doctor. While I was going down that track, Jen was doing some research at WebMD and discovered that I might have Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). We’ve thought this for a while, and when we were up at my folks’ house over the Holidays, we found out that my dad has RLS as well.
After sitting almost an hour in the waiting room, (thanks Kaiser!) I got weighed and sat in the exam room for a few minutes until the doctor came in. I described the symptoms and he recommended that I start taking iron supplements as well as the magnesium supplements that I’ve been taking for a few months. He also had me get some blood drawn (I HATE NEEDLES) so they could run some tests.
His initial thought is that it isn’t RLS, because my leg spasms/twitches are involuntary rather than me consciously moving them to aleive the discomfort. That aside, I’m eagerly awaiting the test results so I can figure out what the hell’s wrong with me. I’d really love to get a good night’s sleep here soon as it’s been almost a week of four-or-so hours per night of sleep interspersed with getting out of bed and watching TV on the couch.
On the plus side, I’ve gotten to watch the first two DVDs of Scrubs Season One, one of the greatest shows on TV that I’ve never really watched on a regular basis. That has changed and has been added to my TiVo to record.
With that said though, I’d rather be asleep…
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