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A 27-year-old female asked:

is rls (restless legs syndrome) dangerous? does it cause any other health issues gradually?

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Dr. Donald Mantz
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Nuisance mostly: Danger primarily from poor quality sleep. Restless legs can be treated fairly easily. The main thing to rule out is a iron deficiency anemia, the best test for which is a ferritin level. Most health issues are secondary to chronic sleep loss, if RLS is severe. These include weight gain, elevated blood pressure, Insulin resistance/diabetes, daytime sleepiness, motor vehicle accidents.
Dr. Mark Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 9 years experience
Underlying Causes: Restless leg is purely a nuisance, but it would be beneficial to get checked for underlying vascular disorders, as well as various mineral and electrolyte abnormalities that could alleviate your symptoms.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Do I have restless legs syndrome?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
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.
A 24-year-old member asked:

What can I do about my restless legs?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Seek help and online: You should always address with your own physician symptoms that are bothering you. Rls can be sign of underlying medical issue in some people. There is help online. I like rlsnetwork.Com and rlshelp.Org.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any substances that make my restless legs worse?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Alcohol: Alcohol can make restless legs feel more uncomfortable.
A 61-year-old member asked:

What drugs do you recommend to ease restless legs syndrome effects?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Look online: There is the RLS network online that has good resources. Also one of my favorite sites regaring RLS is www.Rlshelp.Org. Hope this helps.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What causes restless legs?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Usually spontaneous: While RLS is often unrelated to other medical issues, there is an increased incidence in patients with iron deficiency and with peripheral neuropathy. Some cases have a genetic basis.

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