Restless legs syndrome linked to hypertension. Anyone had this symptom.

HeartHawk
By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2011-10-30 23:06:46 -0500
Started 2011-10-18 21:53:13 -0500

Although my blood pressure is fine I get restless leg syndrome from time to time (like ants crawling all over your legs). Anyone had one or both of these conditions?

HH


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redorangedog
redorangedog 2011-10-27 14:55:25 -0500 Report

Redorandedog, Restless leg syndrome is of unknown etiology characterizes by an intolerable creeping and internal itching sensation occurring in the lower extremities and causing an almost irresistible urge to move my legs Symptoms were worse at the end of the day when I was in bed or even if I were sit up in a chair, trying not to disturb my husband. These symptoms were associated with the unset of real colic due to the passage of a kidney stone. Which would naturally co-inside with a raise in blood pressure. RLS, can also as a side effect of psychotropic drugs, but is given a different name. About 10% of pregnant women and 25% of people with iron-deficiency anemia will experience this condition. Also, RLS may be associated with caffeine intake. Treatment is to stop caffeine ( which can cause it's own problems), clonazine or diiazepam which may help the symptoms but not the syndrome. I would scratch and draw blood in my sleep and my socks and pj bottoms would wind up on the floor. Mu husband said it was like I was riding a bicycle in my sleep. And, I could not take my usual nap. Ativan, Valium and hot milk were beneficial. But the RLS disappeared after I passed two kidney stones. However, a few years latter, one day after developing pneumonia and being left in the ED for several hours with an oxygen saturation in the low 70s my B/P went up to 210/120 and I infarcted and the high blood pressure remained. I never thought that I would develop HTN because I had been a vegetarian for most of my life. But, what I failed to see was the family genetic curse of HTN and CAD.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-10-27 23:41:32 -0500 Report

red,

Thanks for the insightful input. Time to get after the hyeprtension and CAD. Was your doc able to identify the root cause of the CAD (e.g. High cholesterol, Small LDL, lipoprotein(a), etc.)?

HH

redorangedog
redorangedog 2011-10-28 18:10:26 -0500 Report

Redorangedog, Hi HeartHawk, Genetic markers, autoimmune diseases just waiting for the opportune time. My cholesterol is in the 180s, LDH 49, HDL, 124, triglycerides, 72 all good. I have never had an abnormal blood glucose. But my C-Reactive Protein is more than twice the norm and my ANA is positive as well as 1IL gene positive. Very strong history of CAD and ASHD in my family. I did have one infarction but, it was not from CAD. It was from hypoxemia for a prolonged period. The follow-up angiogram showed no damage at all. But the HTN from that event has persisted for over two years and I do not really know why. Before that event, I was a 90/60 for as long as I can remember. My father died from ASHD at 48 and had multiple MIs for the previous 7 years. My son had a massive MI at 32 and expired. My brother had is first of gazillion MIs at 48 with 14 angioplasties and two CABGs and he was an athlete with yards of collateral circulation which keep him alive to the ripe old age of 62. Both of my sisters and mother had several infarction's each and sister #1 just had her third multivessle angioplasty. My cardiologist said to consider myself lucky. I do suffer from the couch potato syndrome since I have lost my beloved little girl of 13 years, the real Redorangedog. I have been grieving for over a month without making much progress. I feel like my heart has been broken.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-10-28 23:57:42 -0500 Report

red,

I would suggest you absolutely have a LipoScience NMR LipoProfile to attempt to determine the root cause of your CAD. Your personal and family history demands it. I will take a wild stab and postulate that you (and your family) may have high lipoprotein(a) but the test will tell. Now, tell me more about about the "real" redorangedog!

HH

Anonymous
Anonymous 2011-10-29 02:22:07 -0500 Report

Redorangedog, Thank you for the suggestion. I will ask my doctor to do a Lipo science NMR LipoProfile. Is this the test to determine the presence of an enzyme Lipo protein Lipase and where it is deposited and what it can activate? Great thought! I never associated the few times of testing VLLDL with any pathological process. I need an explanation for the HTN and CAD to understand my disease process, which I do not understand. Very clever thought ,thanks. The real Redorangedog whose name was Portia Chi Ami, which means in Italian, a gift who loves. My husband purchased her for me when my mother Passed away,she should RIP. Because I was rendered immovable with grief. Portia was the love of life and had me moving in no time. Which helped relieve the grief and put things in a better prospective. My baby girl was 5weeks old with a bright red coat, long lanky legs and picked out my husband for purchase. She was a pure bred golden retriever, the hunting type in the golden family. She was the pick of the litter and my husband needed three non-related references to buy her and bring her home. My husband taught here how to bark because she so silent and coy. She always sniffed her food before eating. And anyone could take the food out of her dish without incident. The little children in the neighborhood could crawl inside of her dog-loo with her and play with here for hours. She never growled or bit anyone. She was never yelled at nor did she ever experience yelling in our home. She was never hit or saw a hand raised to her. If she was approached by a male dog she simply sat down, if the male was persistent she laid down if the male dog did not loose interest and pursued her she got up and gave him a view of her teeth with a loud bark in his face. She was never told 'no.' If she did an unwanted behavior, we looked into her eyes and said'You are a good girl.' She then stopped any improper behavior, like pulling out the Kleenex out of the box or walking around with socks or shoe with the intent of ripping them apart. She talked to us with her eyes and guttural sounds for different objects. She knew several colors, orange was her favorite. She would find an orange object and bring it to us when we asked. She used her paws and redesigned her toys. She was very smart and only left us one day out of almost 13 years. We took her everywhere we went or we did not go. Anybody that met Portia left her smiling and happier than they were before they met. She seemed to know what people wanted or needed. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2months ago, after I had four different lumpectomy's and 2 needle biopsy's, each time I came home after a procedures she would lay down next to me as close as possible and place her leg over mine, this was a new behavior. After 2 months the doctors gave up looking for something they could not find. A week later without warning Portia was diagnosed with bone cancer and passed away two weeks later. She was cremated, ashes placed in an urn and buried in a grave under a white angel statue with her hand pointing at Portia's headstone. Thank you for asking, it feels like a 100 lb weight was taken off of my chest. Red

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-10-30 23:06:46 -0500 Report

Linda:

I pick up my ashes (the remains of Callie) tomorrow. Many tears shed as we had her put to sleep to end her misery. Yet, many good, great and funny stories that put tears in my eyes as I type. I am not a pet person but got "Callie" for my (then) 8 year old daughter (a mega cat lover) 18 years ago. I did not want a pet but promised her a cat if she kept her room clean for a year - something I thought she could never do - well she did it - and her room hasn't been clean since - including in the new house she just bought - LOL!

Great times, great memories, great stories! I encourage everyone to share their stories on any subject! They strengthen all of us here!

HH

chyrellk
chyrellk 2011-10-23 22:02:48 -0500 Report

I have had restless leg syndrome for the last seven years now and lots od muscle spasms. I had major surgery for a tumor growing inside my spinal cord in the C5-T1 level. MY Dr. isn't sure if my symptoms are from the surgery or just something I have. I can lay in bed at night and my legs just bounce and jump. My toes are constantly moving. It's crazy but I am not paralyzed like I was told I was going to be. I have had High Blood Pressure for a lot longer but it seems we finaly found the right combination of meds.

redorangedog
redorangedog 2011-10-27 15:13:56 -0500 Report

Redorandedog, Thank G-d, your lucky stars and your surgeon that you are not a paraplegic.Damage to the spinal at the level of C-5 is the kiss of paraplegic. You probably have irritating scar tissue from surgery. I use Vitamin E for the scar tissue that was produced for my surgeries. Usually fair haired and light complexioned people have a tendency for scar tissue. I was told to get plenty of exercise, like walking for 30 minutes a day ( you have to build up to it, start with what you can do and work your way up if you can) and I still think that warm cup of milk helped me even though it is not scientifically based. Good luck, it is so uncomfortable and sure spoils a romantic evening.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-10-27 23:45:56 -0500 Report

red,

I hear ya on the C-5 damage. I have a severly protruding disc between (C3 and C4). No major problem yet other than referred pain.

HH

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-10-23 23:57:55 -0500 Report

chyrellk,

Did your doc say if the RLS was connected in anyway to vardiovascular condition or high blood pressure or drugs?

HH

flowmaster333
flowmaster333 2011-10-20 00:07:32 -0500 Report

I have the problem with bouncing one or both legs while im at work. Mainly when its hectic in my office and I have 10 things to do all at once. The night sort flow controller has the same problem but he doesnt have any problems with hypertension or heart conditions of any kind.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-10-20 23:57:11 -0500 Report

flow,

Yeah, I don't know what to make of it. Quite frankly, the docs a restumped too. It is not scientific but it started right after I went from low-fat to low-carb. My lipids did improve on low-carb but I still wonder of it is connected,

HH

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