Q&A: Restless Legs With Chronic Pain
By Shay - November 25, 2014
Question:Wanted to ask you if you knew the best thing to use for Restless Legs. My husband has horrible feet(multiple surgeries) and still no relief. By 10am the pain moves up his legs so needless to say by the time he gets home for work he is exhausted and in pain. Then when he goes to sleep at night his legs shake constantly. Please help! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Answer:I don’t really understand the complexities of your husband’s pain; however, whenever I offer help to those with chronic pain, it usually boils down to a few things. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself unless we overburden it with toxins or starve it of nutrients. So identifying anything that might be causing the problem and removing (or adding) it is just as important as taking a medicine or an herb to heal. For starters, I would recommend cessation of use or consumption of all soda products, all refined salt (replace with a natural pink or gray sea salt); all trans fats, anything containing aluminum (baking powder and processed goods containing baking powder, toothpaste and deodorant); and all products containing detergents (especially those used on the skin and hair daily like shampoo, toothpaste, and shaving cream.) I have battled some similar problems. As a younger person, I broke my foot and in the process bruised the nerves causing a pair of neuromas between the smaller bones of the foot. These neuromas caused me severe pain, especially during weather changes, for many years. I had cortisone injections and surgery was the next step. I eliminated all bad fats and started large doses of cod liver oil. Within the months the pain vanished, never to return, not even during the worst of storms and the need for surgery was eliminated. I used to suffer with chronic itching and twitching of my skin, most especially on the legs. This condition lasted about 10 years. The doctor couldn’t give me a diagnoses or a cure, but instead I took several different medications to give some relief so I could sleep and function. After years of trial and error and lots of research later, I discovered the effect of detergents on the body and quickly took steps to remove them from my house. Just the switch from shampoo to a real (fat/lye) soap was enough to make a significant difference after only two weeks. It has been observed that aluminum can cause inflammation in the brain and other parts of the nervous system which could contribute to restless legs and creepy crawlies. Aluminum can also add to the congestion of the liver. To further improve my chronic complaints, I have taken steps to avoid all foods and hygiene products containing aluminum and to replace all of my aluminum cookware with steel, glass, stone or iron. This wasn’t something that could be done overnight but every change brought about more improvement in my overall complaints and response to healing. Refined salt causes swelling and inflammation and prevents absorption of potassium into the muscles. Making the change to good salts and removing table salt and all products containing refined salts may not heal your husband’s condition but it should make a difference in his ability to absorb needed nutrients and reduce the overall pain level. Related articles:
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