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Restless Legs Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more
Meds can trigger RLS: What "causes" RLS is uncertain. It may be related to genetics, deficiency of iron in the brain, hormonal changes, pregnancy, parkinson's disease. Medications like antidepressants, antipsychotics, cold and allergy medications can trigger or aggravate rls. Treatment with medication can help diminish symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Medication approach: The classical approach is to use Dopamine agonists, such as requip, mirapex, and Neupro (rotigotine) patch, but prior use of l-dopa, and Clonazepam have helped. However, some pts may have abnormalities in iron metabolism, and if so, treatment of this problem may suffice. ...Read moreSee 2 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
Yes: There are many approaches that help rls. Massage of legs is reported by many patients as relieve prior to bedtime. I do noted that excessive massage of legs can distract from falling asleep. Botten line: if it helps, use it, if it's excessive talk to your doctor about treatment alternatives. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly RLS: It may be restless legs syndrome (rls), if you have an urge to move them which gets better with movement ; worse with rest. Please see a sleep medicine specialist to determine if it is truly RLS ; to adequately treat it. Until then, try to keep hydrated, do gentle leg stretches prior to bedtime, avoid caffeine, and try to regularize your bedtime. Hope that helps! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes: Akisthesia (an inner restlessness that can manifest very much like restless legs syndrome) has been reported as a side effect of some antidepressants like prozac, Paxil (paroxetine) and tricyclic antidepressants. However, it is more commonly seen in patients that are on antipsychotic drugs like haldol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to relieve extreme leg pain possibly caused by lupus, vericose veins, restless leg syndrome, or fibromyalgia?
RLS key symptoms: The key symptoms of RLS are a discomfort that feels like an urge to move, it improves with movement/walking, and it is usually worse at night or after resting. Jerking of the legs is not a key factor. ...Read more
RLS: Yes, a lot of meds can trigger rls, mental meds can if other body condition already favorize rls. ...Read more
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