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Iron Deficiency and Restless Leg Syndrome.

I thought I would throw out a question here, I have restless leg\perodic limb movemnets. According to my neurologist it’s usally caused by an iron or b12 deficiency and I have tested normal for both…anyone know if maybe what doctors consider normal is really adequate?

Just thinking outloud since it’s annoying and disrupts my sleep…

If eating plenty of meat and veggies I really cant see you having an iron prob unless you bleed a LOT.

Other than that not sure sorry.

Restless legs, huh?

There are different tests for B12 status. You know, I’ve been wondering about pernicious anemia (autoimmune/ inability to absorb B12) as a cause of my recent lethargy, tingling numbness, and (undiagnosed) restless legs. I can’t diagnose myself, of course, but if a little nasal B12 could prevent possible myelin breakdown and boost my energy I’m all for such an easy fix. (Ah, the curse of being a physiologist and understanding the body and all the imagined things that could be wrong…)

Restless legs syndrome is more common than I once thought and I believe it’s a bit mysterious in etiology. It’s smart to be an active part of one’s treatment, get second opinions, etc. (I’ll be seeing an endocrinologist, though as opposed to a neurologist.)

I don’t know where I’m going with this but at least you know you’re not entirely alone.

Aren’t restless legs one of the symptoms of mild tourette’s syndrome? I could be way off on this, but I thought I read this in a Johns Hopkins research paper a couple years ago.

Lonnie-
Thanks for the reply. Yes this is mysterous…my nerologist does not know much about treating it, pernicious anemia was considered and I had B-12 shots for a hwile with no luck, however I found someone in colorado who is a specialist in the field so a second opinion is definitely warranted.

Thanks again for the replies guys.

[quote]Lonnie Lowery wrote:
Restless legs, huh?

There are different tests for B12 status. You know, I’ve been wondering about pernicious anemia (autoimmune/ inability to absorb B12) as a cause of my recent lethargy, tingling numbness, and (undiagnosed) restless legs. I can’t diagnose myself, of course, but if a little nasal B12 could prevent possible myelin breakdown and boost my energy I’m all for such an easy fix. (Ah, the curse of being a physiologist and understanding the body and all the imagined things that could be wrong…)

Restless legs syndrome is more common than I once thought and I believe it’s a bit mysterious in etiology. It’s smart to be an active part of one’s treatment, get second opinions, etc. (I’ll be seeing an endocrinologist, though as opposed to a neurologist.)

I don’t know where I’m going with this but at least you know you’re not entirely alone.

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Panther1015-

I am unaware off a connection to tourette’s, there has been some studies showing a connection to problems with iron binding\receptor sites…it is still a mystery though. So far parkinson’s medications are the only thing that works. I’ve it all including a tens unit.

[quote]Panther1015 wrote:
Aren’t restless legs one of the symptoms of mild tourette’s syndrome? I could be way off on this, but I thought I read this in a Johns Hopkins research paper a couple years ago. [/quote]

Ha ha, just looked at my post’s, sorry for all the spelling errors, thats what a lack of sleep will do to ya.