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Restless Legs Acupuncture
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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