- by Bangalore Baptist Hospital
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- Dec 04 2017
RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME
Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, is a disorder occurring in the nervous system that causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs and an irresistible urge tomove the legs to relieve the sensations.
Often RLS has been associated with genetic conditions. If a family member has it, you are at the risk of developing the condition.
- Chronic diseases: Certain medical conditions such as iron deficiency, Parkinson’s disease, kidney failure, diabetes and peripheral neuropathy often include symptoms of restless leg syndrome.
- Medications: Some types of medications such as anti-depressants, cold and allergymedications that contain anti-histamines tend to worsen symptoms.
- Pregnancy:Restless leg syndrome may occur during the last trimester of pregnancy and goes away after delivery.
- A cramping sensation in the legs
- Pins and needles feeling in the legs
DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT
There is no specific medical check up to diagnose RLS. Your doctor generally uses a number of tests to rule out other conditions. To identify the causes
Moderate form of Restless Legs Syndrome can be managed by making some lifestyle changes such as beginning an exercise regimen, establishing good sleep habits, avoiding the use of caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, may prove helpful.
Other RLS treatments may include:
- Leg massages
- Hot baths or heating pads or ice packs applied to the legs
- Indulging in activities that distract your mind, such as reading, listening to music or watching television
- Relaxation exercises such as yoga, meditation or tai chi
- Walking and stretching
RLS can cause considerable discomfort, sleep issues and problems with daily activities. If lifestyle changes and at home treatments do not seem to be working out, be sure to talk to your doctor.
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