Restless Legs Syndrome
Those who are affected by Restless Leg Syndrome suffer from pain in their legs. The pain they experience can range from mild to severe. Movement of the legs, such as stretching and walking, can help to ease the discomfort temporarily. The condition worsens when trying to rest, lying down or while sleeping. The uncomfortable and painful symptoms are more likely to occur in the early evening and late at night.
Those with a family history of restless leg syndrome are more likely to be affected by this condition. Also, people who have kidney problems are more prone to suffer from this ailment. Iron deficiency, which can lead to anemia, can cause the symptoms to worsen. Changes in hormones can increase stress levels, causing the onset of restless leg syndrome, while hormone changes during pregnancy can cause symptoms to suddenly develop. The symptoms of this condition will normally go away after delivery of the baby. Other causes of restless leg syndrome include, obesity, smoking, caffeine, alcohol, diabetes, poor circulation, H2-histamine blockers and some types of antidepressants.
People with restless leg syndrome experience leg cramps, an uncomfortable itch that makes them have the urge to move their legs constantly, mild to severe pain and burning or tingling sensations in their legs.
Eliminate or reduce the use of caffeinated beverages, tobacco products and alcohol. Take multi-vitamins each day that are high in magnesium, iron and B6. Eat a daily well-balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, proteins and healthy fats. Lower stress level by exercising daily or use meditation to relax. Drink tonic water at bedtime to help relieve the symptoms of restless leg syndrome. Get at least eight restful hours of sleep each night. Other treatments for restless leg syndrome include, warm or cold baths, electric nerve stimulation and acupuncture.