Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) may sound like a harmless thing to those who do not suffer from its symptoms. However, it is more than just the effects on your legs that is the main problem that is caused by this condition.
The main symptom of RLS is a strong urge to move your legs. This occurs normally when you’re inactive and happens most often at night when you go to sleep. It can also occur in the daytime when you try to lie down and stay in bed to rest. Along with the desire to move comes the sensation of itchiness that seems to be coming from the inside of your thighs or calves. No application of ointments or scratching can relieve this itch. Relieving the symptoms normally involves moving and walking around. While this relieves the urge to move the legs and sometimes the itching to a certain extent, this causes a person to feel tired because of lack of sleep because the normal sleeping cycle is effectively interrupted.
This disease’s symptoms normally start or get worse progressively in the evening or late at night. The lack of sleep that results from the symptoms starting when one goes to bed is the more insidious effect.
It is generally acknowledged that lack of sleep hurts the body’s immune system. Thus managing this condition is important to keep healthy or regain health.
Though there have not been any proven cures for RLS there are certain ways to minimize or relieve the symptoms. Exercise seems to be the most recommended part of symptom alleviation for RLS. However the general consensus is that exercise must be done in moderation and not to the extreme.
Everyone’s physical condition is unique. You need to determine what the effective level and intensity of the exercise program you undergo. Overdoing it intensifies the symptoms of this disease. That is why you need to find a comfortable level of exercise that also decreases the symptoms of RLS.
Along with exercise stretching and massaging your legs in order to improve circulation has also shown to be beneficial.
Another part of the therapy for the alleviation of RLS includes the application of heat and cold. Icing the legs or posting a heating pad on it may help alleviate the symptoms.
Medication and Nutrition
Iron deficiency has been found to be one of the major conditions prevalent when people have RLS. Consult your doctor for the correct iron deficiency therapy. Some over-the-counter drugs such as cold medicines can worsen the symptoms of RLS. Likewise caffeine and alcohol have been found to make RLS symptoms worse. Consult your doctor and monitor the effects of the medications that they prescribed in order to find the optimal level of symptom alleviation.