This contribution (my first) is PLMD specific.
I see no new posts since June 2018. Is this group still 'active?'
Ten years ago my wife documented PLMD in my legs while I was sound asleep. She is a remarkable sleeper, so once she analyzed the problem, she could ignore it and sleep. Her notes follow:
There was an interval of +/- 10 seconds between each spasm. And the spasms continued at least for 5 minutes, when I apparently fell asleep, so I don’t know if they stopped or I just relaxed.
J was unaware of it happening. This seemed likely to me, as he was definitely asleep.
My perception is that the muscles in his upper thighs spasm, two or three times. There is a fairly strong spasm, as if he “elbowed” me with his knees, followed by spasms which seemed to be less intense, and then building again in intensity. I was too busy counting to get an accurate sense of intensity, however.
My observations continue:
More recently, before I get to sleep, the PLMD process starts. Once it has started I cannot fall asleep. I placed my fingers on the leg that was moving and sensed a tightening of the long tendons (groin to knee) just before the spasm. I reasoned that it might pay to massage and put pressure on the attachment points. I've been able to use this technique to get to sleep. Has anyone else tried this technique?
I've been told that I have 'tight hamstrings.' Are there good exercises or is there physical therapy that works on overcoming PLMD, perhaps by focusing on loosening the hamstrings?
Consequent with the discovery that I have PLMD I developed 'sore legs.' Everything from the hip joints down is mildly painful. The skin even feels 'tight' sometimes as I sit down. It makes sense to me that every time PLMD takes over while I sleep my legs get an unsupervised and uncontrolled 'workout' that may be harmful over time. Is this documented?
I found an iPhone app (I have a classic iPhone 5 and prefer the small format) mentioned that allowed the logging of PLMD with no extra hardware. Unfortunately it was withdrawn from the AppStore a few months before I learned about it. Have I missed something? Having to be 'wired' would probably keep me awake.
I cannot yet post a link which mentions the app, KickSleep:
Google the string below, including the quotes, and it should produce one hit.
"OPUS: Implicit night sleep monitoring using smartphones"
I certainly want to explore all the alternatives before becoming dependent on Parkinson's Disease medications to get a 'good nights sleep.'