restless leg syndrome

Restless legs syndrome, also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease, begins with excitability and hyperarousal in a part of the brain that controls leg movement, a new study reports. Some 10 percent of adults in the United States experience RLS at one time or another, and about one in 500 reports that the condition is severe and… Read more

The higher estradiol levels that are seen during pregnancy are more prominent in pregnant women who have restless legs syndrome (RLS) than in those without, a recent study shows.

Authors of the study, published Feb. 1 2009 in the journal Sleep, say the data suggests that estrogens play a significant role in RLS during pregnancy. This also supports earlier reports of high RLS incidence in the last trimester of pregnancy (when estradiol is at its highest elevation).

RLS and Medication

Normally medication is not needed for mild symptoms, but when Restless Legs Syndrome disrupts your life and causes you to suffer sleep deprevation than medication is necessary.

Usually dopaminergic agents and anticonvulsants are prescribed to help bring relief to RLS sufferers. The typical first choice of medication is the class of drugs refered to as dopaminergic agents. They are mainly prescribed for patients with Parkinson’s disease because they alter the activity of dopamine (a chemical that carries messages to the central nervous system).


Restless Leg Treatment

There are many remedies available the aid in the relief of Restless Leg Syndrome; this may surprise some people, as the disorder is not well known. Relief practices include many parts of the medical field, as well as home remedies and natural treatments.

While many people will have their personal choices when it comes to what helps them find comfort, the list is exhaustive. Lifestyle changes are often first tried, as they seem to be the most logical and easiest to integrate into a person’s daily routine.

Did you know that there is no cure for restless legs syndrome and that there is no known cause yet? What is known is that the condition has been associated with other underlying conditions such as pregnancy, obesity, smoking, having an iron deficiency and also anemia. It can also be associated with individuals who have nerve disease, polyneuropathy, having a heavy metal toxicity or other toxins in your body, having a hormonal disease such as diabetes, or kidney failure when it is associated with a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

Medication Woes

Certain medications can increase the severity of symptoms for RLS including the taking of caffeinated products and drinking alcohol. H2-histamine blockers such as the medication Zantac and Tagamet as well as taking antidepressants such as Elavil can contribute to the severity of symptoms of RLS.