RLS has been treated by Vitamin D, Magnesium and Iron
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- RLS 3 X more likely if < 20 ng/mL of Vitamin D (8X more if was also a black teacher) – March 2018
- RLS score dropped from 26 to 10 after Vitamin D levels were raised to just 25 nanograms - 2014
- Restless Legs Syndrome 5X more likely if vitamin D deficient - May 2014
- See also RLS WikiPedia Aug 2014 (nothing about vitamin D)
- Magnesium reduced RLS - 1998
- See also web - RLS and Vitamin D
- See also web - RLS and Magnesium
- See also VitaminDWiki - Magnesium
- See also web - RLS and Iron
- See also VitaminDWiki - Iron
- RLS not treated by weekly 50,000 IU of vitamin D, but was treated by placebo - RCT Nov 2018
Unknown amount of vitamin D was given to 12 adults with Restless Legs Syndrome
RLS scores decreased dramatically from 26 down to 10
RLS Scoring is attached at the bottom on this page: 40 = worst to 0 = none
Vitamin D levels went from 9 ng/mL to 25 ng/mL (trial lasted until each patient got > 20 ng: 3-8 months)
Some received vitamin D orally, others by injection.
Dosing was 8,000 IU liquid vitamin D/week OR 200,000 IU injection/ month
Publisher wants $45 for the study
See also on VitaminDWiki
- Proof that Vitamin D Works the RLS study on this page is Proof #49
- Restless legs and growing pains may be both due to low vitamin D – Sept 2013 nice Venn diagram
- Growing pains reduced after supplementing with some vitamin D – March 2014
- The Optimal Dose - Restore Your Health With the Power of Vitamin D3 - 2018 Vitamin D cures RLS
- Restless legs syndrome 5X more likely if low vitamin D – May 2014 and below
- Restless Legs Syndrome and ADHD strongly associated (no mention of vitamin D) – 2005 Vitamin D and/or Iron
People with RLS often benefit from Magnesium and/or Iron (see bottom of this page)
VitaminDWiki expects RLS might be eliminated with if higher vitamin D levels were achieved in combination with Magnesium/Iron
See also Vitamin D Council
Cartoon from the web
The Association Between Vitamin D Level and Restless Legs Syndrome: A Population-Based Case-Control Study.
J Clin Sleep Med. 2018 Mar 30. pii: jc-17-00496. [Epub ahead of print]
Wali S, Alsafadi S, Abaalkhail B, Ramadan I, Abulhamail B, Kousa M, Alshamrani R, Faruqui H, Faruqui A, Alama M, Hamed M.
STUDY OBJECTIVES: The pathophysiology of restless legs syndrome (RLS) may be related to abnormalities in central dopamine pathways. Vitamin D may play a role in the pathophysiology of RLS by modulating the dopaminergic system. The aim of our study is to examine the possible link between RLS and vitamin D deficiency.
METHODS: The total number of subjects enrolled was 201, including 78 patients with RLS based on the International RLS Study Group (IRLSSG) diagnostic criteria and 123 controls. Serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels were measured in both groups. RLS severity was assessed in all cases using the IRLSSG symptom severity rating scale.
RESULTS: Fifty-nine patients with RLS (75.6%) and 52 controls (42.3%) had a diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency, P< .001. The odds ratio (OR) of the development of RLS was 4.24 for those with a vitamin D level < 50 nmol/L compared to those with a vitamin D level ≥ 50 nmol/L (P< .001, 95% confidence interval CI 2.3-7.9).
After adjusting for all other significant factors in the multivariate logistic model, vitamin D was significantly associated with RLS (OR 3.1, P< .002, 95% CI 1.51-6.38).
Moreover, a dark or black skin color (OR 3.4, P< .001, 95% CI 1.5-6.3) and working as a teacher (OR 8.8, P< .001, 95% CI 3.4-23.5) were also independently significantly associated with RLS.
CONCLUSIONS: Our study identified an association between vitamin D deficiency and RLS. Consequently, vitamin D deficiency should be considered in the management of RLS. However, further studies are needed to evaluate the causality relationship between vitamin D level and RLS.
The effect of vitamin D supplements on the severity of restless legs syndrome
Sleep Breath. 2014 Aug 23. [Epub ahead of print] https://doi.org/10.1007/s11325-014-1049-y
Wali S1, Shukr A, Boudal A, Alsaiari A, Krayem A.
1Sleep Medicine and Research Center, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, sowali at kau.edu.sa.
Clinical observation hinted improved symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS) after vitamin D supplements. Hence, the aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of vitamin D supplementation on the severity of RLS symptoms.
Twelve adult subjects diagnosed with primary RLS and vitamin D deficiency were recruited. Patients with secondary RLS were excluded from this study. The complete cell count; serum levels of ferritin, iron, glycated hemoglobin, and vitamin D3 (25 (OH) vitamin D); and renal and bone profiles of the patients were assayed. Patients with vitamin D deficiency (<50 nmol/l) were treated with vitamin D3 supplements (high oral dose or intramuscular injection). The severity scores of RLS were reassessed after the vitamin D3 level was corrected to >50 nmol/l and compared with those before the administration of the supplements.
The median pretreatment vitamin D level was 21.7 nmol/l (13.45-57.4), which improved to 61.8 nmol/l (42.58-95.9) (P = 0.002) with the treatment. The median RLS severity score improved significantly from 26 (15-35) at baseline to 10 (0-27) after correction of the vitamin D levels (P = 0.002).
This study indicates that vitamin D supplementation improves the severity of RLS symptoms and advocates that vitamin D deficiency is conceivably associated with RLS.
Publisher wants $40 for the PDF
Sci-Hub.tw has a free copy - March 2018
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Possible association between vitamin D deficiency and restless legs syndrome
Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2014 May 21;10:953-8. doi: 10.2147/NDT.S63599. eCollection 2014.
Oran M1, Unsal C2, Albayrak Y2, Tulubas F3, Oguz K4, Avci O1, Turgut N4, Alp R4, Gurel A3.
BACKGROUND AND AIM:
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a distressing sleep disorder that occurs worldwide. Although there have been recent developments in understanding the pathophysiology of RLS, the exact mechanism of the disease has not been well elucidated. An increased prevalence of neurologic and psychiatric diseases involving dopaminergic dysfunction in vitamin D-deficient patients led us to hypothesize that vitamin D deficiency might result in dopaminergic dysfunction and consequently, the development of RLS (in which dopaminergic dysfunction plays a pivotal role). Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and RLS.
One hundred and fifty-five consecutive patients, 18-65 years of age, who were admitted to the Department of Internal Medicine with musculoskeletal symptoms and who subsequently underwent neurological and electromyography (EMG) examination by the same senior neurologist, were included in this study. The patients were divided into two groups according to serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) (a vitamin D metabolite used as a measure of vitamin D status) level: 36 patients with serum 25(OH)D levels ≥20 ng/mL comprised the normal vitamin D group, and 119 patients with serum 25(OH)D levels <20 ng/mL comprised the vitamin D deficiency group. The two groups were compared for the presence of RLS and associated factors.
The two groups were similar in terms of mean age, sex, mean body mass index (BMI), and serum levels of calcium, phosphate, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and ferritin. The presence of RLS was significantly higher in the vitamin D deficiency group (χ (2)=12.87, P<0.001). Regression analysis showed vitamin D deficiency and serum 25(OH)D level to be significantly associated with the presence of RLS (odds ratio [OR] 5.085, P<0.001 and OR 1.047, P=0.006, respectively).
The present study demonstrated a possible association between vitamin D deficiency and RLS. Given the dopaminergic effects of vitamin D, 25(OH)D depletion may lead to dopaminergic dysfunction and may have a place in the etiology of RLS. Prospective vitamin D treatment studies are needed to confirm this relationship and to evaluate the efficacy of vitamin D as a treatment for RLS patients.
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See also RLS WikiPedia Aug 2014 (nothing about vitamin D)
- Restless legs syndrome (RLS) also known as Willis-Ekbom disease (WED) or Wittmaack-Ekbom syndrome, is a neurological disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move one's body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. It most commonly affects the legs, but can affect the arms, torso, head, and even phantom limbs. Moving the affected body part modulates the sensations, providing temporary relief.
- RLS sensations range from pain or an aching in the muscles, to "an itch you can't scratch", an unpleasant "tickle that won't stop", or even a "crawling" feeling. The sensations typically begin or intensify during quiet wakefulness, such as when relaxing, reading, studying, or trying to sleep. Additionally, most individuals with RLS suffer from periodic limb movement disorder (limbs jerking during sleep), which is an objective physiologic marker of the disorder and is associated with sleep disruption. It can be caused by low iron levels.
- RLS affects an estimated 2.5 to 15% of the American population . A minority (around 2.7% of the population) experience daily or severe symptoms.
Magnesium therapy for periodic leg movements-related insomnia and restless legs syndrome: an open pilot study.
Sleep. 1998 Aug 1;21(5):501-5.
Hornyak M1, Voderholzer U, Hohagen F, Berger M, Riemann D.
Periodic limb movements during sleep (PLMS), with or without symptoms of a restless legs syndrome (RLS), may cause sleep disturbances. The pharmacologic treatments of choice are dopaminergic drugs. Their use, however, may be limited due to tolerance development or rebound phenomena. Anecdotal observations have shown that oral magnesium therapy may ameliorate symptoms in patients with moderate RLS. We report on an open clinical and polysomnographic study in 10 patients (mean age 57 +/- 9 years; 6 men, 4 women) suffering from insomnia related to PLMS (n = 4) or mild-to-moderate RLS (n = 6). Magnesium was administered orally at a dose of 12.4 mmol in the evening over a period of 4-6 weeks. Following magnesium treatment, PLMS associated with arousals (PLMS-A) decreased significantly (17 +/- 7 vs 7 +/- 7 events per hour of total sleep time, p < 0.05). PLMS without arousal were also moderately reduced (PLMS per hour of total sleep time 33 +/- 16 vs 21 +/- 23, p = 0.07). Sleep efficiency improved from 75 +/- 12% to 85 +/- 8% (p < 0.01).
In the group of patients estimating their sleep and/or symptoms of RLS as improved after therapy (n = 7), the effects of magnesium on PLMS and PLMS-A were even more pronounced. Our study indicates that magnesium treatment may be a useful alternative therapy in patients with mild or moderate RLS-or PLMS-related insomnia. Further investigations regarding the role of magnesium in the pathophysiology of RLS and placebo-controlled studies need to be performed.
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- Vitamin D and restless legs syndrome: Where does the research stand?
Vitamin D Council 2013 - brief overview
- Vitamin D fails to treat restless legs syndromeNov 2017
50,000 IU Vitamin D for only 12 weeks - longer is needed without loading dose. Iron and Magnesium were not mentioned
- The Association Between Vitamin D Level and Restless Legs Syndrome: A Population-Based Case-Control Study March 2018
Risk of RLS 3.1 X higher if < 20ng of vitamin D (after adjustment)
- Restless Legs and Heart Disease Dr. Dean, Magnesium Jan 2018
By the way, the admin of VitaminDWiki applies Magnesium Chloride topically to his legs to quickly eliminate soreness
The MgCl (topical and oral) also eliminated occasional twitchy (restless?) legs
- Search Google for "restless legs" (magnesium OR iron) 540,000 hits March 2018
- The Link Between Magnesium and Restless Leg Syndrome Healthline March 2017
- 101 RLS products on Amazon include Magnesium (March 2018)
- Overview Magnesium and vitamin D
- Magnesium and Vitamin D category listing has
229 items along with related searches
Restless Leg Syndrome - free ebook, Magnesium
Download the ebook from VitaminDWiki.
- NIH RLS Fact Sheet
No mention of Vitamin D nor Magnesium
- Treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome John Hopkins
Many teatments, including Iron - which has been known to help RLS since the 1950's
- Restless Legs Syndrome NYT Sept 2014
Iron is the primary oral remedy which they mention
- Search Google for "restless legs" (magnesium OR iron) 540,000 hits March 2018
- Understanding Iron and Restless Legs Syndrome RLS.org, 2 page free PDF
- Iron deficiency is a cause of Vitamin D deficiency describes extremely bio-available Iron supplements
- Iron category has
49 items along with related searches
Efficacy of vitamin D replacement therapy in restless legs syndrome: a randomized control trial.This page was renamed April 2018. There have actually been
Sleep Breath. 2018 Nov 14. doi: 10.1007/s11325-018-1751-2. [Epub ahead of print]
Strangely, RLS decreased in placebo group but not in the Vitamin D group
PDF is available free at Sci-Hub 10.1007/s11325-018-1751-2
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- NIH RLS Fact Sheet