Painful aching legs and restless leg syndrome

Treatment of restless leg syndrome Beaver

There are many symptoms of varicose and spider veins. Signs that say you should seek treatment. Restless leg syndrome is probably the most annoying.

  • An urge you can’t resist to move your leg

    Uncomfortable sensations cause patients to need to move their legs.

    Some words used to describe these sensations include creeping, itching, pulling, creepy-crawly, tugging, or gnawing.

It may be hard to fall asleep or stay asleep because of the feelings in your legs

A substantial number of people who have RLS also have periodic limb movements in sleep (PLMS). PLMS are repetitive movements that occur every 20 to 30 seconds on and off throughout the night and can cause partial awakenings that disrupt sleep.

If you feel like these symptoms or others make it hard to fall or stay asleep, you’re not alone—it’s often one of the chief complaints among people with restless legs syndrome.

  • When you move your legs your symptoms are alleviated

    If the uncomfortable sensations go away when you move your legs, it’s another sign of RLS.

    The relief can be complete or only partial but generally starts very soon after starting an activity. Relief persists as long as the movement continues.

  • While resting, symptoms start or get worse

    The longer you are at rest, the greater the chance the symptoms will occur and the more severe they are likely to be.

  • Symptoms are worse in the evening, especially when lying down

    Symptoms worsening in the evening is another one of the criteria necessary for an RLS diagnosis.

    If your symptoms aren’t worse at night, it may not be RLS. Some people with RLS, however, can have severe daytime symptoms too.

Because some foods that may be causing or worsening the problem, avoid:

  • alcohol
  •  caffeine
  • nicotine.
  • review all medications you are taking with your doctor to determine if any of these drugs could be causing the problem.

Underlying medical conditions that aggravate restless legs:

  • varicose veins
  • anemia
  • diabetes
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • kidney disease
  • thyroid disease
  • Parkinson’s disease

These should be treated. Dietary supplements to correct vitamin or mineral deficiency may be recommended. For some people, these treatments are all that is needed to relieve RLS symptoms.

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