Relaxation. Relaxation exercises, moderate exercise, tylenol, (acetaminophen) warm baths and massage have all been recommended for helping with restless leg syndrome. Sometimes it may be caused by iron deficiency, therefore, correcting the deficiency may also help with the symptoms.
Hard to say. First thing is to exclude things that cause rls, like many medications (antihistamines and some antidepressants and major tranquillizers) and iron deficiency. There are many naturopathic and homeopathic remedies (restful legs powder, restedlegs), but there are no studies that really prove their worth. Some people benefit from trigger point therapy. See a naturopathic or homeopathic doctor for help.
In summary, Yes! 1. Adhere to healthy sleep habits. 2. Avoid substances that worsen RLS (e.g. Alcohol, caffeine, some prescription medications) 3. Daily exercise. Please consult with a local sleep medicine specialist for further information.
Medications. Medications are available to treat the restless leg symptoms. Consult your physician or a neurologist for diagnosis and treatment.
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.
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.
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.
Treat contributors. Treatment of jerky legs at night (periodic limb movement disorder, also called plmd) may also need optimization of treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, anemia, diabetes, or kidney disease, if you have any of these.
Depends on type. If intermittent:iron, levodopa, ropinarole, pramipexole, cabergoline, tramadol or opiates, benzodiazepines. If daily: ropinarole, pramipexole, gabapentin, tramadol or opiates. If not responding to treatment with those: gabapentin.
GP or neurologist. There are some medications that can help with restless leg syndrome. Also, you might want to get your iron level checked as that can play a role. You could start with a general practitioner.
Many kinds. Many family physicians and general internists are quite comfortable diagnosing and treating restless leg syndrome, although they may use specialists to do sleep studies. Rheumatologists, neurologists and sleep medicine doctors (psychiatrists, pulmonary physicians) also routinely treat rls. They should rule out iron deficiency first, since it may be associated with rls.
Vascular Surgeon. Start with some blood work and a venous ultrasound by a vascular surgeon to rule out venous insufficiency.
Do a sleep study. Restless leg syndrome is often a sleepdisorder related phenomenon. If it occurs basically at night, do a sleep study. It is bery treatable.
Treat restless legs. The treatment depends on the cause. More efficient dialysis, better phosphorus and PTH control, or medications like gabapentin, Lyrica (pregabalin) or Cymbalta can be used in different settings. These all carry some risks, so caution is the key when using medication.. Also, sometimes vitamins may be useful.
Same as in others. Several studies have shown that RLS symptoms are very common in the dialysis population, with as many as 50% of patients experiencing these distressing symptoms. Iron deficiency should be ruled out, and medications that cause it (antihistamines, some antidepressants and antipsychotics) should be stopped or changed. Drugs like ropinirole, pramipexol are first line, with benzos/opiates second line.
See a physician. First step is to determine whether you have rls. Here is a good website: http://www. Rls. Org/ there are very good treatments but generally include medications, or evaluating whether other conditions are causing them. Ask your physician.