Restless Leg Syndrome - A Discussion
Have you suddenly noticed that you just can't get comfortable at night? Do you have an irresistible urge to move your feet or your legs every minute, or several times a minute?
Restless legs syndrome, also known as RLS, is a relatively common disorder among adults and seniors, and while not life threatening, is extremely unpleasant and annoying.
For some unknown reason, restless leg syndrome seems to affect more women than men. One of the most common symptoms is a jerking of the legs during sleep. This jerking may occur between every 10 seconds to once a minute, and the person experiencing them has no physical control or ability to stop it.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of restless leg syndrome include:
Discuss suggested forms of exercise with your doctor.It's not known what causes restless legs syndrome, but risks seemed to increase in those with a family history of it. Some doctors believe that low levels of iron in the blood that results in anemia or anemic conditions may also contribute to restless legs syndrome. Individuals who have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, kidney failure, Parkinson's disease or diabetes may also display an increased risk of experiencing restless legs syndrome.
Medications may also affect the peripheral nervous system and contribute to episodes of restless legs syndrome. Monitor your current condition and keep a diary or journal that specifies when you first noticed symptoms, their severity and their duration.
If you experience symptoms or indications that you may have restless leg syndrome, go get checked by your doctor. While there is no known cure, your doctor will offer suggestions and maybe supplements or medications as well as lifestyle changes that will help decrease the frequency and severity of your symptoms, allowing you to get a good night's sleep.
Left untreated, restless leg syndrome may seriously hamper your ability to get a good night's sleep, leading to daytime confusion and fatigue and even exhaustion. Symptoms to restless leg syndrome often increase as we age, and your doctor will want to monitor changes in your condition.
You can help alleviate your symptoms by making several lifestyle changes, including:
Your doctor may also prescribe medications or dietary supplements. Discuss these medications and supplements with your doctor including dosage and what to watch out for. Review your expectations regarding medication use. For more information regarding restless legs syndrome, visit the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation
NOTE:Always see your medical professional with this or any symptoms you may have. This discussion is for informational purposes only and in no way is to be considered or construed as a medical opinion or diagnosis of any kind and should not be considered as such. For more information on RLS please visit the web site above.