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How To Deal With Restless Legs
Restless legs: There is an urge to move the legs in the evenings due to uncomfortable feeling. You feel better when you do. In kids it might have been called growing pains. Medical assessment is needed to look for possible causes such as iron deficiency. Treatment includes massage, baths, avoiding certain medications and sometimes treatment using medications . There is a restless legs foundation rls.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am sorry but there: Isn't enough to determine what your problem with sleep is. I will provide information on sleep hygiene basics. If you need more specific info then please clarify and re-ask. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tough one, but try..: Restless leg syndrome is one in which the legs are moving about in random ways during sleep, sometimes enough to awaken u (or usually the other in the bed). It is a type of neuromuscular disorder, perhaps starring in spinal column, or leg mm themselves. Causes: muscle fatigue, low potassium, low magnesium (diuretic), poor sleep state, unknown++. One rx may be a rx drug, clonazepam. C ur pcp. ...Read more
See physician: Restless legs syndrome can be associated with anemia, so it is important to get a blood count and ferritin level. The medications most frequently used are also used to treat parkinson's disease, and can help dramatically. The're well-tolerated with few side effects. Symptoms can be related to poor circulation. Daily or every other day walking and similar exercise, and support hose can help. ...Read more
Docs experienced with RLS (restless leg syndrome), what are the easiest ways to treat the symptoms?
How do I massage my own leg to relieve restless leg syndrome in order to get some sleep. What else can I also do?
You can: start w a medical eval. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy can help. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hours of sleep/night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. Recommend the “Feeling Good Book' by Dr. David Burns. ...Read more
Many: Everything from steroids, narcotics, anti-inflammatories, & nerve stabilizers to anti-depressants, & marijuana (which works esp. well as a topical ointment) for pain.I recommend Vit D cream or Prologel, topically, along w/ Vit B12, orally.The definitive treatment for many of my pts is neuroprolotherapy (which is new & thus controversial) to calm nerves & decrease neuropathic pain/numbness, etc ...Read more
Rest is good: Adequate sleep, avoidance of stimulants, and alcohol, proper nutirition, hydration, exercise... And of course adequate sleep. Naps of less than 1/2 hour probably wont help - uninterupted sleep for at least 6-7 preferrably 8 hours a night helps. If one has lost a lot of sleep it can take a week or so to get back to normal. ...Read more
Restless legs: Syndrome and plmd are treated with Dopamine agonists such as ropinirole (approved in rls) or pramipexole. There are many reports in the literature of exacerbation of these symptoms by antidepressants (e.g.Zoloft). If tests reveal that iron levels are low iron supplementation may be prescribed. See sleep specialist for evaluation and management. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
RLS: Before treating the symptoms of rls, it is important to make sure of the diagnosis. Low iron levels, among other factors can result in similar symptoms. Your physician can easily do blood work to rule out these causes. If it is rls, Dopamine agonists appear to be the most commonly effective class of medications (requip (ropinirole) et al.). ...Read more
Tramadol addiction: This is now recognized as a common addiction and many people in drug rehab are there for tramadol. This physical symptom when you are detoxing from it is very common also. Your doctor may want to put you on something for the acute withdrawal restless leg or other extremity symptoms. I think this can last for one to two weeks. ...Read more
Edema: Swelling to the feet and ankles is common as we get older. It can be a vascular insufficiency, kidney or blood pressure issue. If you have been given a diuretic by your doctor - take it on schedule! You can try to wear support hose and elevate your fee when out of bed. If this does not relieve your issue see your doctor. Do not ignore this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very sedentary with depression. Now weak legs. How best to strengthen the legs please. Will I get heart failure from lack of exercise?
Sedentary: You need to get up and get moving. Start walking daily even if its in 5min increments and boost to a total of 1hour steady walking daily....minimum. If you stay sedentary there are certainly health issues from that and there are many pluses to the exercise. Less depression is one of the big benefits of exercise. ...Read more
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