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Restless Legs Syndrome dramatically reduced with vitamin D intervention – Aug 2014

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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

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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
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RLS score dropped from 26 to 10 after Vitamin D levels were raised to just 25 nanograms - 2014

The effect of vitamin D supplements on the severity of restless legs syndrome
Sleep Breath. 2014 Aug 23. [Epub ahead of print]
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.

PMID: 25148866
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Restless Legs Syndrome 5X more likely if vitamin D deficient - May 2014

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.

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.

PMID: 24899811
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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)[1] or Wittmaack-Ekbom syndrome, is a neurological disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move one's body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations.[2] It most commonly affects the legs, but can affect the arms, torso, head, and even phantom limbs.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] It can be caused by low iron levels.[6]
  • RLS affects an estimated 2.5 to 15% of the American population .[6][60] A minority (around 2.7% of the population) experience daily or severe symptoms.

RLS assocated with Vitamin D Receptor - Nov 2015

Association Between Vitamin D Receptor rs731236 (Taq1) Polymorphism and Risk for Restless Legs Syndrome in the Spanish Caucasian Population.
Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Nov;94(47):e2125. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000002125.
Jiménez-Jiménez FJ1, García-Martín E, Alonso-Navarro H, Martínez C, Zurdo M, Turpín-Fenoll L, Millán-Pascual J, Adeva-Bartolomé T, Cubo E, Navacerrada F, Rojo-Sebastián A, Rubio L, Ortega-Cubero S, Pastor P, Calleja M, Plaza-Nieto JF, Pilo-De-La-Fuente B, Arroyo-Solera M, García-Albea E, Agúndez JA.

Several recent works suggest a possible role of vitamin D deficiency in the etiology or restless legs syndrome (RLS). We analyzed the possible relationship of 2 common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the vitamin D3 receptor (VDR) gene with the risk for RLS.We studied the genotype and allelic variant frequencies of VDR rs2228570 and VDR rs731236 SNPs in 205 RLS patients and 445 healthy controls using a TaqMan essay.The frequencies of the rs731236AA genotype and the allelic variant rs731236A were significantly lower in RLS patients than in controls (P < 0.005 and < 0.01, respectively). Restless legs syndrome patients carrying the allelic variant rs731236G had an earlier age at onset, and those carrying the rs731236GG genotype had higher severity of RLS, although these data disappeared after multivariate analyses. None of the SNPs studied was related with the positivity of family history of RLS.These results suggest a modest, but significant association between VDR rs731236 SNP and the risk for RLS.

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Magnesium reduced RLS - 1998

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.

PMID: 9703590
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Natural Ways to Eliminate Restless Leg Syndrome Symptoms & Enjoy Long Lasting Relief

(with Magnesium, etc. Vitamin D not mentioned)
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