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Restless Leg Syndrome Soap Cure – Does This Really Work?

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Restless Leg Syndrome Soap

Restless Leg Syndrome Cures and Causes

Even with all of the research I’ve done about Restless Leg Syndrome, I am still having trouble with it. I’ll admit, I haven’t done all of the remedies because I guess I’m lazy and when it hits me I’m just annoyed and no longer thinking clearly. Plus, it appears I’m backwards in most things which has made me skeptical.

I’m pretty sure mine is hormonal too which is ironic because my symptoms of RLS started when I started to fix my hormonal imbalance and started to feel better. I accept that I’m backwards, and it’s nice to have my hormones starting to feel more under control, but my RLS continues.

Mine usually hits me immediately when I settle down to sleep. It never wakes me up, just keeps me from falling asleep. Sometimes my legs just want to move, other times they just feel warm, tingly, irritating. This just began for me a couple of months ago. Before that, I had heard of RLS, my mother had spoken of it. I thought, “Boy, that sounds annoying!”

That is an understatement. It’s amazing how you can feel fine one minute, lie down and then have it just hit you and start driving you crazy and keeping you awake. It’s bad enough when you are being kept away for other reasons, but when your body starts doing it to you, man…

So, my search for remedies continues. During my search I ran across the weirdest thing ever. A restless leg syndrome soap cure.

Have you heard of this?

Apparently it has been around awhile. It seems almost too silly to believe, but everything I’ve read makes the results sound pretty remarkable. So I’m going to give it a try. If you do too, please come back and tell me if it worked for you.

Here’s what you do:

Use an unwrapped bar of soap – Ivory is good (not Dove or Dial, don’t ask why) and place it under your bottom sheet near your feet. It has been noted to not only cure RLS, but other leg cramp problems as well. Apparently, it works better for leg cramps than RLS, but many people have noted an improvement and complete relief of their RLS from this method. One person says they place their feet on the soap and the symptoms go away in a couple of minutes.

They have also noted that if you start to see symptoms again, replacing the bar of soap (at least every 6 months) that that helps. Which makes sense, if there is an active ingredient in the soap that is helping.

Why Try a Restless Leg Syndrome Soap Cure?

Some people with RLS symptoms are put on a prescription drug called Requip, however this prescription can cause drowsiness during the day which can be dangerous. Trying a bar of soap first seems like a no brainer to me before going to this extreme.

Dr. Oz recommended a bar of lavender soap, as lavender itself has relaxing properties, but there is little evidence to support this. However, a twitter poll on using soap in general showed that 42 percent of people experienced relief from nighttime leg cramps.

What do you think? Is this psychosomatic? Or could there really be something to this? And what do you think is the reason it works?

More importantly, if it works and you are currently suffering from RLS, do you care why?

RLS symptoms at night are really annoying. The only thing I’ve tried that has worked for me are some stretches. Someone also recently asked me where to place ice packs for restless legs. I’m not sure that exact placement matters as much as that you do it. For me, anywhere below the knees on the calfs would help.

Be warned though that sometimes heat works, sometimes cold works – it kind of depends on the person. So what I’m realizing now with my research is that like with everything else, everyone is different and the cure is going to be particular to you, just as your symptoms and causes are particular to you.

Here are a few other RLS cures that I’ve found:

– Walk and Stretch: Movement helps restless legs. Unfortunately for me, as soon as I stop it usually comes back – unless I’ve done enough stretching, particularly the calves.
– Apply heat or cold: Heat compresses and warm baths work for some people, whereas, ice packs and/or cold showers work for others
– Massage: This doesn’t seem to help me, and others I know actually report that after a massage they often experience RLS – so again, this is particular to each person.
– Use Muscle Rubs, like Bengay and Aspercreme: Doctors say these help improve blood flow and relieve pain.
– Have sex: The activity often relaxes people, helping them to sleep and keeping RLS away.
– Keep mentally busy: Silly, since you want to sleep. But if you can’t sleep, try reading, writing or doing puzzles or even having a conversation.

Personally, all of the above seem like a lot more work than simply buying a bar of Ivory and putting it under my sheets. So I’m going to try that one first. If it doesn’t work, no loss. If it does, then Eureka!!!! I’ll let you know how it goes.

Please do the same – come back and share your results with us.


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Broken Heart Syndrome Symptoms – Is Broken Heart Syndrome Real?

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Broken Heart Syndrome Symptoms

Broken Heart Syndrome?

If you’ve ever had your heart broken (and who hasn’t?), then you know that the physical pain from it is very real. But did you know that broken heart syndrome is an actual thing? That it can actually damage your heart, depending on its severity and cause (and other risk factors per individual)?

While being hurt by a loved one, losing a loved one, being dumped by someone does indeed hurt. Sometimes that hurt can be so intense that it can actually cause physical harm to your body.

During a particularly low period in my life I can attest to the truth of this.

So what is broken heart syndrome?

Put simply, broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition that is brought on by a stressful situation. This can include the death of a loved one, but it can also include a severe emotional trauma caused by a signifigant other.

The person experiencing this syndrome may have sudden chest pain that mimics a heart attack. When this occurs there is a temporary disruption of your heart’s normal pumping function while the rest of your heart continues to function normally – but often with more forceful contractions.

They believe this is caused by a surge of stress hormones. It is completely treatable and typically will reverse itself in about a week.

Broken heart syndrome symptoms can include chest pain and shortness of breath. If these symptoms persist it is vital that you call 911 and seek help.

The catalyst to this syndrome is usually evident to the person experiencing it. You know when your heart hurts over a loved one, right? I sure did. It’s believed that adrenaline may temporarily damage the heart of some people, but they aren’t completely clear on why or how. They think a temporary constriction of the large or small arteries of the heart may be why.

Some Possible Triggers for Broken Heart Syndrome

BHS if often preceded by an intense physical or emotional trauma. These can include:

– an unexpected death of a loved one
– domestic abuse
– the loss of a considerable amount of money
– a scary medical diagnosis
– natural disasters
– performing live
– losing a job
– divorce
– a breakup
– asthma attack
– car accident
– major surgery

They also believe that it’s possible that some drugs may cause broken heart syndrome by producing the same result of a release of stress hormones. Some of these drugs include:
– Epinephrine
– Duloxetine
– Venlafaxine
– Levothyroxine

Even though symptoms of broken heart syndrome can appear to be a heart attack, there are some clear distinctions between the two. Heart attacks are typically caused by a complete blockage of a heart artery. Whereas with broken heart syndrome patients, heart arteries are not blocked. Blood flow may reduced, but there is no blockage.

Interestingly, but not surprisingly, BHS affects women far more frequently than men.

But enough about the facts. I want to hear from you. Obviously, you are reading this post because you believe you are suffering from broken heart syndrome. Being someone who has, I know first hand how frightening it can be. Though my symptoms never forced me to hospital
, I did experience a severity so great that I truly could feel my heart weakened.

I can attest that these symptoms are temporary and do right themselves after a time. But the release of the stress hormones and what they are capable of doing to the body is astonishing and quite scary.

The best thing, if your symptoms are not requiring a doctors invervention, is to distract yourself enough to let the intensity pass. Talking with someone is one of the best ways, as is distracting yourself with exercise, work, hobbies and being around friends.

In a moment of crisis, however, this can be impossible. It is no different than when you experience a heart attack, actually. And in those moments, you are only concerned with and consumed by the scary feelings in that moment.

But if you have confirmed that it isn’t a heart attack, or you just know based on what caused the symptoms in the first place, then I think you will be relieved to know that you will be okay.

Please leave me a comment or contact me personally here if you would like to speak to me directly.

Let time heal your heart, you are a strong and resilient person. This too shall pass. I assure you. I’ve been there and I know first hand. In my darkest hour I never thought I’d see light again. But I did, and so will you!

Your Friend,


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