Karl-Mikael Syding is a retired hedge fund manager from Stockholm, Sweden. In 2010 he received the HFR award for "The European Hedge Fund Manager Of The Decade (2000-2009)."
Below is an article from his blog that gives details about his recovery from Restless Legs Syndrome.
HOW TO STOP 1.5 BILLION RESTLESS LEGS FROM KICKING
If you like your restless legs you can keep them.
Did you know that several of your friends silently struggle every day with the ominous-sounding Willis-Ekbom's Disease?
I did too. Well, I still do, there is no definitive cure, but to a much lesser extent – virtually non-existent.
Read on to see how you can beat this creepy-crawly nightmare.
The affliction is more commonly referred to as Restless Legs Syndrome, which unfortunately makes a quite serious problem seem ... well, less serious.
What is Willis-Ekbom's Disease?
For starters, it feels like this when you're trying to sleep or relax at the end of the day:
Restless Legs Syndrome Is No Joke
WED is when you feel an "irresistible urge to move your legs" (most often the legs, arms or phantom limbs) to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. Moving the affected body part provides temporary relief. These urges are most common around bed time or when relaxing, e.g., when watching a movie.
Some simply give up on the relaxing, while others lay awake for hours, kicking wildly both voluntarily and involuntarily, to get rid of the crawling, creeping and tickling, even aching, sensations in the legs.
Fantasizing about simply hacking one's legs off, to escape the symptoms, is not uncommon.
1.5 billion spastic legs kicking in the silence of the night.
Since 1 out of 10 has this "spectrum" (scale/degree) disorder in one form or the other, you may have it as well. Perhaps you just didn't know there was a name for it?
Sir Thomas Willis described the syndrome in 1672, almost half a millennium ago. Karl-Axel Ekbom made a more comprehensive study in 1945. Together they have named the syndrome: Willis-Ekbom's Disease: WED.
2 most unwelcome bed guests and 1 cure (9 actually).
As I stated above, I had two of these 1.5 billion legs as my obnoxious companions in the TV-couch and bed. For me the following serendipitous combination worked to reduce 99% of my problems:
Cobra-ups neutralize the vertebraes, after a day of sitting at the office, in the car and the couch.
CUs can prevent restless legs and sleep issues but most of all prevent throwing out your back.
Cobra-up, I did 15 every second hour for three months, to cure my bulging disc
Cobras may seem unnatural, but so is walking on two legs. Humans' back problems are due to us being fish and reptiles by construction. We still are as foetuses. The quick and dirty adaption of a horizontal spine to a vertical one, with several compensatory bends, form the backbone of all hernias and related problems.
Blame the crocodiles!
Standing up further complicates the blood flow and oxygenation of various body parts – which is central to WED.
There is no known cure
I'm not saying I've found the cure. Curing RLS or WED would be like curing allergy; the spectrum of symptoms is too wide, as is the collection of causes.
Not even the mechanism is fully clear. A couple of things seem involved though: iron levels, oxygen levels (in the central nervous system as well as the muscle tissue), dopamine levels, blood flow, fitness level, inflammation, pinched nerves and electrolyte imbalances.
Its expression depends on nutrition (iron levels, inflammation, fitness, blood flow), the level of fitness (affects blood flow and oxygenation) and state of inflammation (affects blood vessels and blood flow).
As you see there is quite a lot you can do to increase your hours of quality rest per day (scientifically-based, as well as empirically tried by yours truly):
You really should do all of the above.
An educated guess, based on epigenetics research, is that highly expressed WED, due to poor nutrition and low fitness level, will be inherited, so take care of your restless ones now before you pass them on to your children to a larger extent than you have to.
It's a warning
See your restless legs as a warning, a signal to change your lifestyle. Eat better, exercise, don't stress and you will short circuit the entire RLS chain of problem with fitness/posture/nerves/circulation/iron/dopamine/inflammation/vessel condition/blood flow/oxygenation.
Summary – there is hope, there is relief
Okay, in practice here is what you should do:
- Karl-Mikael Syding, May, 2016
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