According to statistics more than 5 million people in the US suffer from moderate to severe forms of restless legs syndrome (RLS).
Also, one out of 10 adults have health problems and more than a million children of school age have RLS.
Here are the common symptoms of RLS.
- Uncomfortable feeling in the legs
- The desire of shaking off leg
- Pain in the foot
- Typically, symptoms are more overnight.
You should know that this is not a serious medical condition, but it can affect the quality of life and ability to perform everyday activities.
There are two types of RLS symptoms, primary and secondary.
The primary symptoms are hereditary, and the cause is located in the part of the brain that is responsible for monitoring. Secondary forms caused by certain health problems, including pregnancy, anemia, peripheral nerve damage, impaired renal function and degenerative diseases of the spine.
Furthermore, this condition can sometimes occur as a result of the use of certain medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and excessive consumption of coffee, alcohol and nicotine. Generally, it is diagnosed based on the clinical picture. Laboratory tests require a blood test, hormonal status, and kidney function analysis. The treatment depends on the results. Doctors often prescribe vitamins, minerals, painkillers, tranquilizers and certain exercises.
To alleviate the symptoms?
They can be alleviated awakening and getting up at the same time. Experts recommend stretching before bedtime. They should sit on the floor with your legs stretched out and slowly bend your upper body so that you can get your hands in this position for a few minutes. In addition, you can practice yoga, which involves stretching, deep breathing and relaxation. Avoid drinking beverages containing caffeine, such as green or black tea and coffee because they have a negative effect on blood circulation and sleep quality.
As a result of iron deficiency, RLS can occur and in this case, you should consume foods rich in iron such as red meat, prunes and beets.
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