Restless Leg Syndrome: everything you need to know!

 

What is restless legs syndrome?

This is a condition where you have an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. It often occurs with a very uncomfortable sensation in the legs. It is also called Ekboms syndrome.

 

What are the symptoms?

People describe it in different ways. It can be an ache like tooth ache, a creeping or buzzing sensation. The bones in the legs can hurt and there is an urge to twitch or shake the legs. The urges happen every 10-60 seconds and people are made to feel restless. The symptoms usually occur at rest and can be worse while in bed or relaxing so can make people feel exhausted due to lack of sleep. They are helped by movement so people often have to get up and move around.
Some people also get sudden involuntary jerks which can be distressing for the patient and their partners. They often happen while asleep but can occur when resting or trying to get to sleep. The severity can vary considerably and in bad cases can cause depression.

 

What is the cause?

In most cases of RLS the cause is unknown; it often develops first in young adults and can steadily get worse. It is thought to be related to an imbalance of a chemical called dopamine.
Anaemia can be a cause so the iron levels should be checked. Some drugs prescribed by your doctor can cause it and other illnesses such as thyroid disease and diabetes.

 

Is there a good treatment or remedies out there?

Daytime exercise can help, relaxing and avoiding caffeine before bed helps Alcohol has been shown to make it worse. Many drugs have been tried with variable results. The drugs that seem to have the best results are Ropinrole and Tramadol but they don’t always help.

 

How do magnets help?

Zing magnets are applied to the advised traditional acupuncture points and gently stimulate these points and should slowly reduce the severity of RLS.They can be left on for many days at a time and are safe. We advise that you continue to use your medication initially & slowly reduce it if symptoms improve.

 

 

More information on RLS is available at RLS-UK/Ekbom Syndrome Association at
www.rlsuk-esa.org.uk

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