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A 48-year-old female asked:

what causes restless legs an what can you do or take for it?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Cause unknown: No cure but symptomatic treatment is available. A variety of drug classes may work including Dopamine agonists (like ropinerole), anticonvulsants (like gabapentin), benzodiazepines (like clonazepam), and in worst cases opioids. Opioids are drug class of last resort. See a neurologist to confirm diagnosis.
Dr. Mark Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 9 years experience
Underlying Causes: Rule out underlying causes that may be able to be treated such as mineral deficiencies (iron, folate, (folic acid) magnesium), venous insufficiency, or various immune deficiencies. Start with blood work and a venous ultrasound by a vascular surgeon. Review medications for side effects . If no underlying cause is identified, get daily exercise and cut back on smoking a and or drinking, if applicable.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Do I have restless legs syndrome?

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Ask yourself if ...: Ask yourself if you have the 4 cardinal features: 1 ) urge to move legs/body, 1)rest makes symptom worse, 3) getting up moving makes symptoms better and 4 ) it only happens in eveningor night (not in morning or day). These features suggest rls.
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How can I treat restless legs syndrome?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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RLS: Discuss your symptoms with your physician who can order testing to diagnose restless leg syndrome. Once diagnosed, medication can help to reduce the symptoms. You may find some other helpful information about RLS on line.
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What are treatments for restless legs syndrome?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dopaminergic meds: Most medications for restless legs affect dopamine, which is a powerful brain chemical. This illness is best diagnosed and treated by a neurologist experienced with this illness.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What is restless legs syndrome? What are the symptoms?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Chemical imbalance: People with restless legs experience an feeling of needing to move their and involuntary jerky leg movements,usually in the late afternoon or evening. It may interfere with getting to sleep or cause awakening from sleep. It is caused be a chemical imbalance in the central nervous system . Fortunately there are medications that can provide relief.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is restless legs syndrome? What causes it?

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Dr. Osman Farooq
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RLS: RLS is a condition in which your legs will have sudden brief movements or pain/discomfort. It can occur due to multiple conditions. Sometimes by treating the cause of the RLS can make it go away. You should get checked by your doctor.

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