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restless leg syndrome, how long does it last?

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Dr. Adrienne Pasek
Clinical Psychology 12 years experience
RLS and treatment: Restless leg syndrome is thought to have some genetic influence, though its origin largely unknown. Lifestyle changes have shown to be helpful in relieving symptoms such as decreasing caffeine, alcohol consumption, and maintaining a good routine of sleep and exercise. There is no definitive end to symptoms of rls, though with treatment many people experience a decrease in symptoms.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What causes restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
A few things: To say the least, there are quite a few things that cause rls. First can be genetics especially if symptoms begin earlier than age 45. Other things iron deficiency, thyroid issues, b12/folate deficiencies. Also a lot of medications can cause. This is not to mention a number of other medical problems including diabetes, chronic pain issue and absorption problems that go with it.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Are there different forms of restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Felix Brizuela
Neurology 32 years experience
Not really: Restless leg syndrome, refers to a condition in which there is this feeling that you must move your legs. Traditionally, involuntary movements of the legs is not restless leg syndrome. However, there has been a trend by some authors to refer to restless leg syndrome as both.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What symptoms do people with restless leg syndrome have?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
URGE: The mneumonic is urge: u is for urge to move legs, r is rest makes symptom worse, g is for getting up moving makes symptoms better and e is for evening predominance. These features suggest rls.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How can you avoid restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Avoid triggers: If you have rls, avoid triggers both medically and medications. Avoid stimulants (nicotine, caffeine, etc) and if you have medical condition that makes it worse - treat it (i.e. Iron deficiency, thyroid problems, vit b/folate deficiencies).
A 39-year-old member asked:

How long does restless leg syndrome last?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Depends on the cause: If this is a pregnancy related symptom, it often stops after the baby is born. Otherwise, it can go on for many, many years - sometimes a lifetime. Lifestyle behavior changes & techniques can help some people & medications are sometimes used when they don't help enough. Good luck!

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