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Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment Information
Our physicians work with you to develop a treatment plan personalized for your condition and lifestyle, including the following services:
- Medical history. Our physicians use your medical history and physical exam to diagnose your condition. There is no exact test to diagnose restless leg syndrome, but in general, these symptoms indicate you have the condition:
- Pain or discomfort, such as crawling, tingling or cramping feelings, in your legs when you sit or lie down
- Decreased discomfort if you stand up and walk around
- Education. Lifestyle changes, such as avoiding tobacco and alcohol, along with good sleep hygiene may manage restless leg syndrome in some cases. We teach you about these healthy habits as well as techniques you can try to relax your legs. For some patients, hot baths and massages keep leg muscles relaxed. Heating pads or ice packs may also have this effect. Some patients have even had success with using meditation to reduce discomfort.
- Medicines. If lifestyle changes are not enough, some medications have been shown to help patients with restless leg syndrome. Medicines that are commonly used for Parkinson’s disease may benefit you by reducing the amount of dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is a chemical that helps control muscle movements. When there are problems with dopamine or the pathways it travels, you may experience jerky muscle movements associated with restless leg syndrome. Sedatives and sleep aids may also help you sleep better, though they do not stop the muscle movements in your legs. In severe cases of restless leg syndrome, we use narcotic pain medicines to control pain and discomfort associated with restless leg syndrome. However, these medications can be addicting if used incorrectly. You should use all medications exactly how your doctor instructs you to take them.
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Restless Leg Syndrome Support Services
Explore the resources below to learn more about restless leg syndrome.
A Sampling of Restless Leg Syndrome Support Services
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
This website provides information on the cause, diagnosis and treatment of restless leg syndrome.
Willis-Ekbom Disease Foundation
Willis-Ekbom disease is another name for restless leg syndrome. This foundation features in-depth information and resources on the condition for patients and healthcare providers.