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I have restless arms and legs bad and the only thing that really helped is acupuncture. I can't afford that and mirapex (pramipexole) don't help much anymore?

I have restless arms and legs bad and the only thing that really helped is acupuncture. I can't afford that and mirapex (pramipexole) don't help much anymore?

Low cost options: Hello. If there is a china town in your area- that might be a place to obtain low cost but high quality acupuncture. Also, some areas have weekly low cost acupuncture clincs - for instance, a large number of people will be treated by a number of acupuncturists. Some of these clinics charge as little as $15 or $20 a session - which makes it quite affordable. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

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


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Is Baclofen at all helpful for Restless Legs S? And also would iron ssupplement help?

Is Baclofen at all helpful for Restless Legs S? And also would iron ssupplement help?

Baclofen? Doubt it: I've never prescribed Baclofen for RLS. I'm sure someone has but none of my colleagues have. Problem is we don't know what causes RLS but we don't believe it is due to muscle spasms which is what baclofen would treat. We believe it's more along the lines of some type of neuropathy. From the brain, the legs, a sleep disorder? Iron may have some effect in iron deficient people but otherwise NOT. ...Read more

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My primary doctor said I have sciatic nerve inflammation and also I have been experiencing restless leg syndrome for the past 2 months is there any re?

My primary doctor said I have sciatic nerve inflammation and also I have been experiencing restless leg syndrome for the past 2 months is there any re?

Lumbar back pain: Lumbar back pain and sciatica may be caused by compressions at the level of the lumbar spine and sacrum. An appropriate evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon, physical therapist, pain management specialist would lead to clues on treatment. Rls is common in cases of injuries to the spinal cord, and it requires the use of imaging to rule out traumatic lesions and degenerative diseases. ...Read more

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What is restless leg syndrome?

What is 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 more

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What eases restless leg syndrome?

What eases restless leg syndrome?

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 more

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What causes restless leg syndrome?

What causes restless leg syndrome?

See below: Maybe genetic, but more often is sporadic without family history. May be related to problems with iron metabolism. ...Read more

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What causes restless leg syndrome?

What causes restless leg syndrome?

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

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What exactly causes restless leg syndrome?

What exactly causes restless leg syndrome?

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 more

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What exactly is restless leg syndrome like?

What exactly is restless leg syndrome like?

Leg movement: It is a syndrome whereby a person's leg either moves involuntarily or sometimes the leg moves because the person feels the need to move it as it is bothering them in some capacity... ...Read more

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What's done for restless legs?

What's done for restless legs?

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 more

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Is there a way to stop my restless legs?

Is there a way to stop my restless legs?

RLS: Key is to diagnose it first with a consultation to a sleep medicine specialist. Medications can be prescribed for it including dopaminergics like Requip (ropinirole) or mirapex, opiates, benzodiazepines, or antiepileptics. If it is due to another condition, treating that condition can help treat it. Gentle stretching exercises and avoidance of caffeine near bedtime can help. Hope that answers your question. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for restless legs?

Is there any cure for restless legs?

Look for cause: In many cases, RLS is being driven by an underlying disease, such as neuropathy or iron deficiency, and treating this disease can eliminate the leg symptoms. Barring this, there are medications that can suppress the symptoms of RLS and restore proper sleep. Ask a neurologist for more details. ...Read more

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Best treatment for restless legs?

Best treatment for restless legs?

Restless legs: Restless legs syndrome can be due to other underlying medical cconditions such as iron deficiency, peripheral neuropathy, varicose veins or thyroid disease. Treating the underlying cause may relieve restless legs. Dopaline agonists such as pramipexole, or Gabapentin often help. But there is no such thing as the best treatment that uniformly works well in every single case. ...Read more

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What are treatments for restless legs syndrome?

What are treatments for restless legs syndrome?

Discover Cause: Daily exercise, avoid tobacco and alcohol and search for an underlying cause such as mineral deficiencies(iron, folate, (folic acid) magnesium), venous insufficiency, or various immune deficiencies. ...Read more

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What is the cause of restless legs and the treatments for it?

What is the cause of restless legs and the treatments for it?

Don't forget veins: An often overlooked cause of restless legs syndrome (rls) is venous insufficiency. If you have RLS and varicose veins, treating your vein problem might very well make your RLS go away. ...Read more

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I have restless legs disorder. What is the treatment to help with my legs?

I have restless legs disorder. What is the treatment to help with my legs?

Medications: If the diagnosis is correct and the symptoms are not due to other medical problems, antiparkinsonian medications , such as Mirapex or Requip (ropinirole) in small doses can help. ...Read more

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I read that low dopamine is a cause of restless legs--how does this happen?

I read that low dopamine is a cause of restless legs--how does this happen?

Restless legs: Studies have shown that more than 60% cases of RLS are inherited as an autosomal dominant inheritance, & that there is deficiency of Dopamine in the part of the brain known as substantia nigra. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have restless leg syndrome vs a blood clot in my left leg?

How can I tell if I have restless leg syndrome vs a blood clot in my left leg?

Ultrasound : I'm not aware of a blood clot causing restless leg syndrome. I'm assuming that you are talking of a venous clot or dvt. You can get a simple test called a venous doppler of your legs to rule this out. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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Restless Leg Syndrome (Definition)

Restless leg syndrome is a condition where there is a need or urge to move the leg because of some perceived unpleasant sensations. Restless leg ...Read more


Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Restless Legs Syndrome (Definition)

Restless leg syndrome is a disorder in which there is an urge or need to move the legs ...Read more