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Is Ethnicity A Factor In Restless Leg Syndrome
What is RLS?: Restless Leg is a condition where you have an uncomfortable sensation (burning, crawling, cramping, aching, tingling, etc.) in you legs that cause an urgent/irresistible need to move your legs (walking, moving legs, messaging, rubbing, etc.). This movement usually occurs when going to bed and can progress to the daytime and sometimes to the arms. See a movement disorder neurologist for Treatment. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Multiple: Dopamine agonists work best and include ropinorole, pramipexole, the new Neupro (rotigotine) patch. More traditional meds have included l-dopa, and clonazepam. If you have anemia or kidney disease, better treatment of these conditions may work. Check serum ferritin as some folks may have issues with iron metabolism. Rls is occasionally associated with ms>. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
NOT FULLY KNOWN: But do find some patients with disruption of iron stores, so, can check ferritin levels. We do find some problem with dopamine issues, and find success in using dopamine agonists, but another approach using Horizant, affects different brain chemicals. May be some genetic links in a few families, and association with a sleep disorder in some also found. ...Read more
RLS: Restless leg syndrome (rls) 1. Proper sleep hygiene 2. Remover the cause of RLS such as: a. Iron deficiency b. Vitamin B12 deficiency c. Neuropathy d. Chronic renal disease 3. Avoid caffiene 4. Rls medications such as: a. Neurontin b. Dopamine however, RLS expert need to be consulted first. ...Read more
RLS: If you have an urge to move your legs due to "creepy, "crawling, " uneasy discomfort, or aching feeling especially at night that gets better with movement and worse at rest then you may have restless legs syndrome (rls). Rls can be due to many secondary causes or be a syndrome on its own. It is best to seek advice of a sleep medicine specialist who can help make that diagnosis. ...Read more
Few tricks: If the restless legs syndrome (rls) is secondary to another disease, first treat the disease. If it is primary rls, some women respond to iron replacement therapy, even if not anemic. Second, try avoiding caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol for a while as these make RLS worse. If those strategies do not work, the other options are prescription medications from your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
B/n 3.9-5.5%: Here is a link on a study done on rls: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/12127170 rls is more common in women than men (hence the range). The stanford study found that alcohol and/or smoking use, as with night-shift working, increases risk of rls. They also said that with increased age RLS risk increases, and that sleep apnea and coffee consumption also contributed. They said more data was needed. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
RLS: Restless leg syndrome (rls) 1. Proper sleep hygiene 2. Remover the cause of RLS such as: a. Iron deficiency b. Vitamin B12 deficiency c. Neuropathy d. Chronic renal disease 3. Avoid caffeine 4. Rls medications such as: a. Neurontin b. Dopamine however, RLS expert need to be consulted first. ...Read more
Help: I refer quite a few people to www.Rls.Org and www.Rlshelp.Org. Behavioral treatments are first line, including avoiding medications know to worsen and ruling out medical issues that can cause. Then there are a number of medications that a doctor can prescribe. ...Read more
Medications: Requip (ropinirole) and Mirapex are fda approved for the treatment of rls. Non-prescription therapies include iron/vitamin c, vitamin b12, and folate (if indicated). Must evaluate for factors that can worsen RLS as well (e.g. Some medications and poor sleep habits). Consider evaluation by a sleep medicine specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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! ...Read more
Dopamine lack: I think restless leg syndrome is probably caused in susceptible people (tends to be familial) by a relative lack of sufficient Dopamine and is often associated with fatigue, dopamine-blocking medicines, chronic illness, and the end of gestation. Medications that increase Dopamine are frequently helpful as can be Neurontin (gabapentin) and Klonopin (clonazepam).. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find Out Cause First: Rule out underlying causes that may can be treated such as mineral deficiencies, venous insufficiency or various immune deficiencies. Start with blood work and a venous ultrasound by a vascular surgeon. Review medication for side effects . If no underlying cause is identified, get daily exercise and cut back on smoking & drinking. Take a multi-vitamin with iron and save medication as last resort. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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