Thursday, January 22, 2009

You've Got to be Kidding Me- No More Chocolate?

So I have been doing some research and I feel completely gypped.

My Dad has RLS (restless Leg Syndrome) and since it runs in families, I got the wonderful genes that pass it on. Meaning, I have it as well. Now it generally doesn't make itself manifest in people until they are middle aged (that's what their official website said) but I have had it since HS. I don't remember exactly when I first noticed it, but I remember not being able to sleep at night and complaining to my parents about the stupid insomnia I had. My dad said it was just because I didn't work hard enough during the day, you've never heard of a farmer with insomnia, right? So I thought that was my problem. The next semester I took two body conditioning classes, after school I was a part time custodian for a local school, and from there I would nearly always walk home. I would get home, do some homework, and then go out dancing. I worked my body hard those days... and I still had it.

Basically what it feels like is... something I can't explain. It's the feeling you get when you have to stretch your legs. They feel all cramped and yucky. So I have had this wonderful "neurological disorder" off and on for a very long time.

This past week it has been impossible! I haven't been sleeping much at all, because I can't fall asleep, and if I wake up in the night (which I always do) I can't fall back asleep. Stinky. So I decdided to do a little research on the matter. I found:

  • It is linked to ADD and ADHD (meaning kids who are diagnosed with one of these disorderes really only has RLS and it was wrongly diagnosed... as I think it almost always is).

  • Caffiene increases the symptoms a lot (that includes chocolate!)

  • Frequent moderate exercise can reduce the symptoms

  • Sleep deprivation makes it worse (yet RLS is a cause of sleep deprivation... it's a vicious circle!)

Okay, so basically that tells me I can't have chocolate anymore! We had a couple of Symphony bars lying around our house these past few days, and My Love and I would snack on them during the days... and my RLS got a lot worse these past few days... Dang it! Also, I haven't been making time to exercise. It has been getting worse. I need to start exercising. As for the sleep, well, there isn't much I can do there but hope for the best.

So, there you have it folks, a look into the wonderful world of RLS.
Now that you have the history, just know if I am ever complaining about lack of chocolate... this is why. I am really begining to think that I need to exercise! First the hypoglycemia that is my curse during pregnancy, then The Boss and his pleasant "chub chub" reminder, and now the RLS. I should just start and not tempt fate any longer, right?

Well, have a wonderful rainy day, and when night comes, be grateful that you can all sleep well (and me too, since I wont have had any chocolate)
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