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#1 of 11 Old 11-12-2007, 02:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I keep waking up ds because my legs are so achey and I just HAVE to move!

What could be wrong? Am I missing some mineral or something?

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Try a liquid calcium-magnesium or calcium-magnesium-zinc supplement.

DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.

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Walk during the day and avoid sugar.
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I would do magnesium by itself. Calcium and magnesium compete for uptake and calcium generally wins. Calcium causes muscles to contract, magnesium allows them to relax. Most of us are mag deficient...this is especially true for those with menstrual cramps, chronic headaches, muscles aches and cramps and heart murmurs.
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Sounds like restless leg syndrome. It can be a primary issue, or a secondary (that you're deficient in a mineral or other underlying condition). My DH has it, and after a few years of exploring natural remedies, and trying everything under the sun, he finally had to get on prescription meds to get any sleep at night.

Natural Calm is a great mag supplement and can help relax as well. It also helps with bowel regularity.

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I would do magnesium by itself. Calcium and magnesium compete for uptake and calcium generally wins. Calcium causes muscles to contract, magnesium allows them to relax. Most of us are mag deficient...this is especially true for those with menstrual cramps, chronic headaches, muscles aches and cramps and heart murmurs.
You can also take Epsom salt baths to increase magnesium. I did these almost every night last winter. It SO helped me relax before bed. (Also helps with constipation)

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Yes, NaturalCalm is the supplement I recommend. Epsom salt soaks work too as you can get great results with magnesium transdermally.
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I had legs aches and found out I was anemic. I've heard the magnesium deficiency is common.
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Restless Legs Syndrome is caused by an iron deficiency in a specific part of the brain. Sometimes taking an iron supplement can help.
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Yes, NaturalCalm is the supplement I recommend. Epsom salt soaks work too as you can get great results with magnesium transdermally.
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i had this problem my whole life! is started taking a cal/mag supplement a few years ago and it was cured instantly!
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