Restless Leg Syndrome Causes
RLS and other medical conditions
In many patients, RLS is caused, at least in part, by another underlying medical condition. This is known as secondary RLS. Conversely, when looking at restless leg syndrome causes, many patients with these conditions never develop RLS, so this link is not absolute.
Conditions which may contribute to secondary RLS include:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Iron deficiency (anemia)
- Vein disease, such as varicose veins and venous reflux
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Some benign tumors
- Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland)
- Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland)
- Smoking or other tobacco use
- Late-stage kidney disease, due to a buildup of toxic chemicals in the blood
- Lyme disease and other autoimmune diseases
- Certain vitamin deficiencies, particularly B-12 and magnesium
- Amyloidosis, the deposition of starchy plaques in organ and muscle tissue
- Central nervous system damage, particularly damaged spinal nerves
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Sjögren Syndrome, a genetic condition which causes symptoms ranging from widespread joint pain to dry eyes.
Does having restless legs syndrome put me at risk for more serious medical conditions?
Restless Leg Syndrome Causes : The majority of people suffering from restless legs syndrome have what is called the “idiopathic” form. This means that there is no known underlying cause. For these individuals, there is zero risk of their RLS progressing into a serious condition such as Parkinson’s disease.
RLS may get worse in patients with other underlying medical conditions if those conditions are not properly treated.
Is it possible to get a good night’s sleep with restless legs syndrome?
Many health experts concur that a simple change in your daily behavior will more often than not help you sleep through the night even if you have restless legs syndrome. The following steps can greatly reduce or even eliminate Restless Leg Syndrome Causes and symptoms in those with mild or moderate RLS.
- Cut back on alcohol consumption.
- Reduce your caffeine intake.
- Give up smoking, or at the very least reduce the amount you smoke.
- Wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day, even on the weekends.
- Regularly exercise in moderation (intense workouts can make your symptoms worse).
- Take a hot bath, cold shower or apply a heating pad or ice pack.
Is it time to visit my healthcare professional about restless legs syndrome?
You should visit your physician to help you exclude any other conditions with similar symptoms. Only a doctor can properly diagnose RLS. Your doctor is able to treat related conditions like iron deficiency and others.
We treat symptoms associated with venous causes of RLS.
Only a Doppler Ultrasound exam will tell you weather or not this is contributing to your personal situation. To schedule a Consultation with our Vein Specialist and receive a doppler ultrasound exam,