Restless leg syndrome symptoms and treatment
Restless leg syndrome is a recognized neurological disorder. People have recently become more familiar with the syndrome and have worked to find treatment for restless legs. Restless leg syndrome is a frustrating disorder that causes an uncomfortable and painful sensation in the legs.
Often, those suffering from frustrating restless leg syndrome feel that the only way to relieve their symptoms, which occur while sleeping or sitting, is through movement. It is often described as:
- Uncomfortable sensation in the legs and feet while at rest
- Throbbing, burning, and itching feeling in the leg
- Subsequent symptoms can include insomnia and chronic fatigue
Being iron deficient can cause/increase the risk of restless leg syndrome. Treating an underlying deficiency such as low iron or anemia can often stop restless legs.
Light or moderate exercise combined with stretching can provide restless leg syndrome relief. It can also help with weight management, which is a contributing factor to the condition.
Doctors may prescribe medications that treat Parkinson’s Disease, epilepsy, and certain sleep disorders and can provide treatment for restless leg syndrome.
Compression Sleeves or Socks
Adding medical-grade compression in the form of compression leg sleeves, over-the-calf compression socks, or travel socks can assist in relief from symptoms.
Assessing causes and risk factors
Reviewing additional causes and risk factors with your doctor may help determine the best combination of treatments for you. These can include:
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
- Polyneuropathy (especially as related to diabetes)
- Excessive caffeine or alcohol use