RLS and Alcohol remedies....?

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RLS and Alcohol remedies....?

Postby Nickmav » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:34 pm

Hello all, I've read quite a few posts about how alcohol increases the symptoms of RLS and many of you are abstaining. (I know and feel the pain from alcoho) I now only have a few glasses of wine on weekends, because it takes 2-3 hours after drinking my last wine and taking 600 Gabapentin to fall asleep. Are there ANY remedies, or solutions to the RL symptoms that work... after drinking alcohol? I'm not ready to give it up. Is there anything that anyone has tried that relieves the symtoms? Lots and lots of water? I don't want to take any more meds...painkillers! Is the solution to just abstain or do I just deal with it on those nights?? And have a terrible next day?

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Re: RLS and Alcohol remedies....?

Postby legsbestill » Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:05 am

I find wine far worse than spirits. My legs will tolerate whiskey or two without playing up but wine gets them going every time. I find it difficult enough to control them at the best of times - haven’t come across a neutralising agent for the effects of wine ... except time.

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Re: RLS and Alcohol remedies....?

Postby badnights » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:19 am

Well, short answer is more meds or suffer. lol, Not what you wanted to hear. I don't have the magic bullet, wish I did.

I used to think draft beer and red wine were the culprits, so I stuck to bottled beer and tried to learn to like white wines. I've since gone gluten-free, so no more beer at all (it was hard to give up! there is no gluten-free "beer" that I like), but also, I have since had red wines that don;t make my symptoms go nuts, and white wines that do. Sometimes one glass is all it takes; sometimes two. I haven't figured out what causes it (the barrels? additives? the moon in Sagittarius?).
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Re: RLS and Alcohol remedies....?

Postby ViewsAskew » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:47 am

I am with Beth - sometimes nothing happens. Sometimes it's as if the devil visited me. And, sometimes in between. So, I certainly haven't found a solution!
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Re: RLS and Alcohol remedies....?

Postby 2BassetMom » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:46 pm

I will have a very small amount of red wine at dinner. This happens maybe once a month. I don't notice any change in my symptoms. Occasionally, when I am having a very bad night I will have a "wee dram" of good single malt scotch with a bit of water. I don't know what it does for my physical state but it definitely helps my mental attitude. This only occurs about every 6 weeks. I have several bad night in-between but it's when I have had it with this monster disease. I never have been one to imbibe on a regular basis if that helps.

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Re: RLS and Alcohol remedies....?

Postby Nickmav » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:59 pm

Thank you all for your tips...help. Yes...must keep going...trying everything....Keep that devil outta me..:)

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