Are your restless legs driving you crazy? 

Although there is no cure, restless legs treatment can help alleviate the problem. Try some of the remedies outlined below and feel the difference.

Do you suffer from the unpleasant symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS)?  Well, there are things you can do to manage the condition. Treatment can help reduce symptoms and improve your sleep.

Below, you will find measures you can take to alleviate the symptoms while you are experiencing an episode. There are also things you can do to prevent or reduce the number of attacks you get.

Restless Legs Treatment

Treatment during an Attack

If you are having an episode of restless legs syndrome, the following steps can help relieve your symptoms:

  • Massage your legs.
  • Apply warm packs and cool packs to the muscles. Alternating heat and cold helps improve blood circulation and relieve discomfort.
  • Take a hot bath to relax the muscles in your legs.
  • Distract yourself from the sensations in your legs by reading, watching television or playing a computer game.

Medication:

  1. Over-the-counter (OTC) If you have occasional mild to moderate RLS, you can take medication such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and ketoprofen. These are available at your local drug store. Note: Avoid long-term use of NSAIDs as they can have nasty side-effects.
  1. Prescription medication. If your RLS becomes chronic then talk to your doctor. He/she can prescribe medications such as Mirapex, Neupro, and Requip Research shows that these drugs reduce symptoms of RLS and PLMS.  Your doctor may prescribe Benzodiazepines like Clonazepam and Diazepam. These are sedatives and can help you sleep. However, they can cause daytime drowsiness. Alternatively, you could be prescribed Opioids such as codeine, propoxyphene, or oxycodone. Or anticonvulsants, or antiseizure drugs, such as Tegretol, Lyrica, Neurontin, and Horizant. Anticonvulsants can decrease the creeping and crawling sensations associated with RLS.

Always consult your doctor before taking any kind of medication.

Lifestyle Changes

To help prevent or reduce the number of attacks, you can try the following:

  • Don’t drink coffee, tea, or cola in the evening as they contain caffeine.
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol in the evening.
  • Avoid any medicines that trigger your symptoms. RLS can be a side effect of certain medications. If you think medication is causing your symptoms, talk to your doctor.
  • Adopt good sleep habits. Make sure you have a regular sleep pattern. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Don’t take naps during the day so that you’re really tired when you go to bed. Make sure your bed is warm and cozy. Don’t work or keep work-related materials in your bedroom. Turn your bedroom into a restful sanctuary.
  • Relax and wind down before you go to bed – take a bath, read, or meditate. Don’t use, or better still, actually remove such things as your digital clock, iPad, computer, and television from your bedroom.
  • Take regular daily A brisk 30-minute walk every day will improve the symptoms and be beneficial for your general health. However, avoid exercising late in the day. Doing leg stretches can also be helpful.
  • Avoid sitting in one position for too long. Every 15 minutes, get up and move around the room.
  • Join a meditation, tai chi, or yoga class or find some exercises on YouTube. These are good for helping relax the body and mind and reduce tension.
  • Take vitamin supplements. RLS can be caused when your body lacks certain vitamins and minerals, such as iron, folic acid, magnesium, and vitamin B. Talk to your doctor before you use dietary supplements. He/she can order blood tests that can determine exactly which vitamins or minerals you’re lacking. Your doctor can then prescribe the correct supplement at a safe dose.
  • Some medical conditions such as diabetes or peripheral neuropathy can have symptoms similar to RLS. If you suffer from a medical condition and have RLS, talk to your doctor. Treating the condition may get rid of the symptoms of RLS.

Although there is no cure for restless legs syndrome, there are things you can do to manage the condition. Restless legs treatment includes a number of measures that help alleviate symptoms during an attack, and also help prevent future episodes.