Restless leg syndrome is a disorder that is associated to the feeling and movement. People with this syndrome have an unpleasant feeling in their legs when they lie down to sleep.
Most people have a strong urge to move their legs, and sometimes it helps them to feel better. However, all this movement makes it difficult or impossible for them to get enough sleep.
Usually there is no clear reason for the Restless Leg Syndrome. This problem often occurs in the family. Sometimes there is a clear cause such as insufficient intake of iron. If this is the case then the treatment will help to solve the problem.
Women sometimes have Restless leg syndrome during pregnancy, but when they the baby is born, the problem disappears.
One of the common conditions that often occurs with Restless leg sindrome is Fibromyalgia. Other problems that are sometimes associated with restless leg syndrome are kidney failure, rheumatoid arthritis, nerve damage, anemia and Parkinson’s disease. However, most people who resort to treatment have none of these problems.
With Restless Leg Syndrome you have feeling that you need to move your legs. These feelings are often described as pricking, ‘tingling’, burning, stretching or toddle. Moving the feet will help you feel better at least for a short time.
When you fall asleep your legs start to convult violently or move. These movements are known as periodic limb movements. They can wake you up and make you feel even more tired. Although periodic limb movements are considered to be a specific condition, they often occur to people who have Restless Leg Syndrome.
The hardest thing about this syndrome is setting the diagnosis. Doctors often do not ask about sleep or symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome, so if you do not sleep well during the night or if you think you you have this syndrome, tell your doctor. The doctor will talk with you about your symptoms to be convinced that the feelings you describe are typical of this syndrome and is not an issue for something else.
You may have to do a blood test to rule out other causes. In some cases, doctors will be required to do nerve tests to convince themselves that you do not have some nerve damage. The doctor will also be required to do polysomnography. Analysis of polysomnography will show how often your your legs move and convult violently during sleep.
Restless Leg Syndrome Remedy
If your symptoms are mild, a few lifestyle changes will be sufficient to control them. They are the avoidance of tobacco, alcohol and caffeine, airing out your room, kepping it quiet and comfortable. Use it only for sleeping and not watching TV. Do regular exercise. Massage your legs or hands, use hot and cold compresses.
When the symptoms are serious, drugs can help control the movements of legs and help you fall asleep. There are different types of drugs, so you’ll have to find those that seem best for you.