For years I've been a thorn in the side of anyone who's had the misfortune of sitting near me. They may not even know me... but give them a few minutes and they certainly will be aware of me. It's not for lack of hygiene, ostentatious apparel, or objectionable language. Rather it's the slow and steady tremor that begins to shake any proximate desk, table, chair, seat or pew. Sometimes it takes people a little while to identify the cause, but it really doesn't matter if they ever pinpoint it or not. There's nothing they could do about it anyway. My fidgety, bouncing leg will not be stopped. It's not that I haven't tried. In spite of gruelling determination on my part, it's clearly proven itself to be a lost cause. As those closest to me will attest, five minutes after I've receive 'cease and desist' glare or even a polite request, the cycle will invariably start all over again.
Why? I have no clue. I'm not a drummer, and I don't think I really fit the A.D.H.D. bill. It's just something I've always done. I had actually come to terms with it as one of my defining character traits... until now. Hope truly cometh in the morning. I was watching T.V. on Saturday at around 10am when it aired. An ad for Requip, "the only FDA-approved medication for the treatment of moderate-to-severe primary Restless Legs Syndrome."
Admittedly, I'm self-diagnosing myself here, but RLS is described as "a neurological movement condition characterized by a strong, compelling urge to move the legs, often accompanied by leg twitching," and that sounds pretty on the mark. If there's medication for this, I think I'm game. Especially considering that the tips for managing RLS include reducing both caffeine intake and stress; I'm clearly better off with the medication as I try to finish out law school... and just think how I would be redeemed in the eyes of classmates, colleagues, and even ward members! The only listed side effect seems to be drowsiness, but I figure it can't be any worse than my International Arbitration class. Oddly, the real downside for me would be if it actually worked. Without my shaking leg, I'd have nothing to distract people from my incessant sniffling.