Restless Limbs Sensorimotor Disorder (RLSD) = Restless Legs
Syndrome + Periodic Limb Movement Disorder. Coffee contains mu
opioid receptor antagonists, which exacerbate or cause RLSD and (I suggest)
probably other conditions, such as fibromyalgia.
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Some of the ideas you find here are likely to be safe for most
such as percussive massage of the lower back to help get rid of
or reduce Restless Legs Syndrome / Periodic Limb Movements. However, I
can't specify exactly how firmly to do it. For some people -
especially children, the elderly or
with a weak or injured back - percussive massage could lead to
No website can tell you how to determine who has a weak back, or exactly
how to assess dangers of any treatment or non-treatment. While
motorized percussive massagers have been sold
widely for many years, I know of no research on the long-term effects
of such massage.
I raise concerns about the side effects and effectiveness of some
prescription medications, such as the use of dopamine receptor agonists
for Restless Legs Syndrome. However, before you allow these
arguments to dissuade you from taking these medications, please
consider all the risks and, ideally, discuss your options with your
doctor. RLS may seem like a non-life-threatening condition, but
RLS disrupts sleep and so has a profound effect on quality of life,
including the possibility that tiredness may lead to deadly mistakes
- rlsd/ I propose that the term Restless Limbs Sensorimotor Disorder (RLSD) be used to encompass the health disorders currently covered by Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome / Disorder.
mid-October 2011 added extensive information to this page to outline my
new observations and etiological hypotheses. In mid-November 2011
I extended this material and added an extensive section concerning
non-drug approaches to combating this common neurological disorder.
Please see the next project for information on how we found even a few
cups of decaf coffee a week was causing a lot of RLS/PLMS problems.
- coffee/ (Established 2011-09-01) It is not widely known
that coffee of all kinds - "decaf" and not, instant, brewed or
espresso, contains significant quantities of compounds which are opioid
receptor antagonists. These compounds, such as 4-Caffeoyl-1, 5-quinide are unrelated to caffeine.
This has important implications for pain management, including
especially disorders such as fibromyalgia. Yet this research,
which began in the late 1980s, seems to have flown under the radar of
the clinicians and researchers who are concerned with pain and with addiction.
are a number of likely negative outcomes from ingesting opioid
receptor antagonists, including feeling less happy and secure, sleep
disturbances, worsening RLS/PLMS and greater impetus to engage in
potentially addictive and harmful activities which raise opioid levels,
including drinking alcohol, excessive and damaging exercise, using
morphine, heroin, prescription opioid painkillers etc. This page
also contains my attempt to estimate the caffeine content of decaf
- vids/ (Not ready yet.) Vibration-induced drowsiness and sleep is well
known in babies. Almost everyone knows about vibrating bassinets
and cots, taking babies for a drive to get them to sleep, rocking
etc. What is less well recognized is that the same thing works
for some, many or (I suspect) probably all adults.
I foresee therapeutic benefits, particularly concerning getting to
sleep and maintaining sleep. However there's no research yet on
the quality of such sleep, or of any other effects.
This proclivity of people to become drowsy and fall asleep with vibration has profound health and safety implications.
Generally, this aspect of adult physiology has not been recognized by
sleep researchers or clinicians. I think it is recognized to a
certain extent by occupational health and safety researchers - for
instance truck and bus drivers often have very expensive
I how to work in this fascinating project sometime later in 2012, but am keen to hearing from anyone who is interested in it.