I noticed the "running away feeling" in my legs when I got pregnant 6 yrs ago. I had no idea what it was and my doctor passed it up by saying "your body is going through changes now that you are pregnant. its probably a pinched nerve" No its not!! When I explain it to people I probably sound crazy, i do not call it RLS, I say my legs are trying to run away from me. That is the best way to explain it. I dont like to take medication unless really needed. I felt/feel something like this does not need to be taken care of by a drug with possible side effect that can suck. It gets so bad, me moving my legs around that I have to get up and walk around the house for about 20 mins sometimes longer!!! I even joined a gym and started walking my dog a half a mile during the day, hoping to fall asleep easier at night. To my surprise, the excercise made it happen every single night!! Needless to say my gym membership is going to waste because of this. Are there any tricks that can make this stop without the use of prescribed drugs? Please help!!
Was the onset of your "urge to move" slow or sudden?
Did you have it constantly every day after the first appearance during the pregnancy?
Do you suffer from some other medical condition, too?
Are you taking some medications on regular basis?
I probably would have suffered from it everynight during pregnancy, but my doctor told me to take tylenol pm to fall asleep. Sometimes it while I am laying there about to fall asleep, other times its as soon as i get comfortable in bed. I am sure I do suffer from other medical conditions such as depression and anxiety- think I just answered my own question lol. I do not take medications, most of the side effects scare me. I am aware not everyone experiences side effects but knowing my luck i would. The only medication I ever took on a regular basis was birth control pills....and I havent taken them in over a year. And to be honest I thought I was losing my mind, because it was only recently I started seeing commercials about RLS....I thought I was the only one! And I never had a name for it either.
Pregnant women have at least two or three times higher risk of experiencing restless legs syndrome than the general population, but, this type of RLS, disappears few weeks following the delivery.
Some women, that had pre-existing RLS often complain of worsening symptoms during pregnancy.
You need to visit neurologist, to get the proper diagnosis, cause, she/he is the one who can carry out proper tests and distinguishes between idiopathic (without known reason) and secondary (due to iron deficiency, anemia, thyroid gland disorders, varicose veins; all of these condition can develop or get more prominent during pregnancy) RLS.