argh!

@Malyck (3428)
Australia
May 5, 2008 3:02am CST
Does your RLS annoy your partner as well as yourself? As a lifelong [sufferer?] of RLS, I'm quite used to it, and obviously don't pay it much attention, what with it being subconscious, but boy does it p*ss off my boyfriend?! I mean, I understand, especially when I'm doing it when I can't sleep at night that it's annoying, but I honestly can't help it. Sometimes I end up coming out to sit on the couch or mylot until I'm well and truly sleepy so as not to frustrate him. Similar problems?
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@GreenMoo (11842)
5 May 08
Now there you go, I never realised there was actualy a term for this! I always thought that my dearly beloved was just an irritating git with a jumpy leg =) He doesn't do it at night, but when he's sitting he does it all the time and it drives me bananas. As soon as I mention it he stops, but until then I don't think he realises that he's doing it. It's the way that it makes the whole house shake that annoys me so much. He bangs his leg on the table, so the table bangs the floor, and I feel it through the floor. Grrrr! See, I'm getting all irate just thinking about it! I do sympathise, but really ... aagaggggghhhhh!!!
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
5 May 08
If I didn't know that he was sitting over on the couch, I could swear this exact response would be written by my boyfriend of my irritating habit. I also didn't know it had a name until I stumbled across it in a discussion today. It made me almost proud to have a "syndrome", how sick is that =P I do it at night, during the day, all the time, anywhere =P It also drives my dad insane, my sister and I both do it, and it was one of the main things we got told off for as kids =P I can understand though, I hate annoying movement in my peripherals, so I'd probably go apesh*t also =P My cat also doesn't approve, when she's trying to sleep on my lap and everything is shifting about. She's given me some of the most evil looks I've ever received =P "You Learn Something Every Day". And today's lesson, for Moo and Mal, was: RLS has a name =P (other than "would you just stop doing that?!?!?!?!")
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@GreenMoo (11842)
5 May 08
Yup, a lesson well leart here. So tonight, when the floor starts vibrating, instead of hitting him with the frying pan I'm going to politely ask him if his RLS is bothering him. And *then* I'll hit him with the frying pan. :-D
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@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
5 May 08
Ahahaha. =D Not too hard, he might end up with some other weirdo syndrome =P You know there are actually pills/medicines for it? I'd want to have an extreme case to be taking something for my jumpy leg, I tell you. =)
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 May 08
I don't have RLS but I do have another condition that causes involuntary spasms in my leg muscles, so I understand how it must feel. I thought my spasms only happened during the day, except on the occasion that the pain from the contractions woke me up. My neurologist told me to ask my husband if I twitched at night, and to my surprise, he said yes. Apparently my leg twitches at specific time intervals all night. Since then I have felt guilty about it as it must be disturbing, but pleased to know that he never once mentioned it or gave me a hard time about it. I think if someone's twitching kept me awake, I wouldn't be so nice about it.
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
7 May 08
Aww, isn't he a sweetheart! Slightly off topic, but I found out that I ah... pass wind a lot in my sleep (I do so regularly when I'm awake also).. my boyfriend told me a few months ago and I know the guilt all too well. I can't help it, but I feel bad that I would wake him or keep him awake with either the twitching or the wind =P Does your condition have a name at all, as I have regular spasms in other parts of my body...
@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 May 08
I have MS, but there are many other things that can make muscles more likely to spasm - such as deficiencies in specific vitamins and minerals. I know that when I am dehydrated and my sodium levels are low, I get more spasms. I wouldn't think to give medical advice, but you might want to ask your doctor about the problem.
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
7 May 08
Thanks for the information - I'll definitely (maybe) find out =D It wouldn't surprise me if I were lacking in certain minerals, vitamins and the like. =D
@dramaqn (1990)
• United States
16 Aug 09
RLS is very annoying to us who loves someone with this, but it is very painful and annoying to them. My boyfriend takes medicince for it, so I don't notice it as often. Well, until lately when he ran out of it. Which is ok, because it gives me more time to mylot. He gets up and paces several times. I've been trying some home remedies that I've read online. For example: eating a banana and drinking tonic water before bed. Also, massage, exercise, or soak (warm bubble bath) 30min before bed. I'm willing to try whatever, because I don't care how annoying it is for me, I know it's more annoying and painful for him.