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#1 of 35 Henry Gale

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Posted April 17 2007 - 10:17 AM

Is there an epidemic?
Tell you the truth, I'm not an expert so I'm not sure every bouncing foot or leg is RLS.
I am, however, seeing a LOT of bouncing.
Sunday afternoon I was in a theater and a 20 something male, BTW, this will mostly deal with 20 something males....was bouncing the foot that was in the air near me.
Later that day I was in a bookstore and a young man was, bouncing his foot.
Today, waiting for a car repair a young man sitting near me was, B.H.F.
At the usual mad frantic pace.
Minutes later, a middle-age man (maybe he was immature) was doing the whole leg bounce. Toe on floor, raising heel up and down, real fast, endlessly.
If you suffer from this malady, and I've just offended an entire group of miserably suffering innocents. I'm sorry.
So, mostly one age group, mostly males. WTF?
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#2 of 35 DaveF

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Posted April 17 2007 - 11:19 AM

Sounds like you ran across a bunch of fidgety people today -- nothing to do with RLS.

#3 of 35 MarkHastings

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Posted April 17 2007 - 11:47 AM

Yeah, I don't think RLS has much to do with bouncing ones leg. That's more due to stress or anxiety. Isn't RLS more about pain/aching in the legs and not so much movement?

#4 of 35 Chad Isaacs

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Posted April 17 2007 - 02:18 PM

I'm a leg bouncer at work. I sit at a desk all day, the only exercise is my walk to the bathroom or out to break / lunch. Occasionally I make a trip to the printer / copier or the fax machine.... we are still in the ice age, the printer / fax / copier are actually 3 seperate machines!

I find my leg, typically my left bouncing up and down at a very rapid rate a lot through out the day. When I am home and I am laid out on the couch with my feet up on the ottoman ( as I do right now) I typically shake my.. left foot.

There are days.. well, mostly nights when I feel like my legs have stored energy through out the day and I can't move enough to burn it off.

#5 of 35 Bryan X

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Posted April 17 2007 - 02:21 PM

I've always been a leg bouncer.

#6 of 35 Dennis Nicholls

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Posted April 17 2007 - 03:07 PM

I thought RLS was concerned with people who couldn't get to sleep at night.....
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#7 of 35 Todd Hochard

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Posted April 17 2007 - 04:20 PM

Yeah, bouncing foot is just a way for us thin people to stay thin.Posted Image

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#8 of 35 Cameron Yee

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Posted April 17 2007 - 04:33 PM

My mom would chide me about the leg bouncing when I was a kid - there was an implication that it was related to some kind of deviant behavior. I don't think I do it anymore - or at least not very often. Posted Image
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#9 of 35 MarkHastings

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Posted April 18 2007 - 01:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Todd Hochard
Not to be confused with the Jimmy legs.
LOL - That epiosde was on last night and it made me think of this thread. Posted Image
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My mom would chide me about the leg bouncing when I was a kid - there was an implication that it was related to some kind of deviant behavior.
Yeah, I bounce my legs a lot! My mom used to yell at me a lot when we were wacthing TV because my leg would be going crazy!!

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Posted April 18 2007 - 02:09 AM

I went to college for music and we all bounced our legs. I always attributed it to being a musician. Though I know that non-musicians bounce away. Posted Image
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#11 of 35 Jay H

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Posted April 18 2007 - 02:32 AM

I would think musicians would leg bounce in step, perhaps 4/3 or some kind of fashion. Posted Image

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#12 of 35 Cameron Yee

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Posted April 18 2007 - 02:38 AM

Does it seem like males do this more than females? Because I've only heard females wonder why it's done.
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#13 of 35 Chris Lockwood

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Posted April 18 2007 - 02:49 AM

They got rhythm- who could ask for anything more?

#14 of 35 MarkMel

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Posted April 18 2007 - 02:55 AM

I did see female musicians doing it as well. But they weren't the most feminine females around.
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Posted April 18 2007 - 03:14 AM

When you see TV commercials for herpes medicatine do you suddenly see crotch-scratchers everywhere you go?

I think you've just got 'commercial-related hypocondria by proxy'
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Posted April 18 2007 - 03:22 AM

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RLS is one of those conditions that the pharmaceutical industry is trying to convince everybody that they have. It's widely miss-understood, even in the medical profession so they can write their marketing materials and adverts like newspaper horoscopes do (ie could be interpreted to be anybody). Being a bit fidgety, is not RLS. Just like feeling anxiety before walking into a room full of people you don't know is not social anxiety disorder, it's called being shy, and constipation isn't always IBS, sometimes it's just your bodies way of telling you to eat more broccoli.

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#17 of 35 Mary M S

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Posted April 18 2007 - 03:42 AM

The strange and secret life of humans. Posted Image
I fidget, always have.

I bounce my top foot when legs are crossed sitting, and I pace constantly when on the phone, (ruining many phone cords over the years).
I also cannot tolerate standing in queues'. I want to sit down (on any surface available and bounce that foot!) I can get a claustrophobic sensation standing in a motionless line.

This kind of fidgeting is now studied by many researchers as regards why some who are forced by work constraints etc to sit for long periods of time, will remain leaner than fellow more restrained 'sitters'.

It falls under NEAT. Nonexercise activity thermogenesis.

Worse, - I often rub the sole of one foot across the bridge of the other rhythmically while falling asleep. You would think this would drive my husband insane, but he states he never notices it. I guess it is a soft enough motion with a small range of movement which remains under his sensory radar.
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Posted April 18 2007 - 04:04 AM

Ah the cricket move. My wife does that as well.
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#19 of 35 MarkHastings

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Posted April 18 2007 - 04:20 AM

I'm with ya Phill, I too hate when people associate minor issues with big name problems....

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#20 of 35 Steve Christou

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Posted April 18 2007 - 04:40 AM

I think what we've got here is Restless Henry Gale Syndrome, everyone bounces their leg at one time or other, probably out of boredom or you just want your legs to do something anything [whacks leg] move yer lazy bastage! I think I have Restless Hands Syndrome... Posted Image

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