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Is restless leg Syndrome a symptom of arthritis?

Started by geogrejr on 03/02/2012 8:53pm

I get needle leg pain at night that wakes me violently out of bed to where I need to stand on my one leg until the sharpness goes away. Is this a symptom of rheumatid arthritis or is it from a sciatic nature from which I have already had surgery for?

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I had back surgery 10/2007. When I came home from the hospital I started having restless l syndrome (slr) at night while sitting up. I first it bothered me a great deal because I felt like I was drowning in an ocean and there was no one to help me. I felt miserable. It's now 2012 and I have not had another back surgery. I only have rls maybe once every3 or 4 months. It's not as severe as it was. I take a doughnut pillow to work and sit on it and it helps a lot. I sit for 1 hr and stand for 15 minutes. Abother thing I do is sit in real warm water and massage my legs by rubbing them back and forth with both hands.