There is actually no cure for restless leg syndrome. It is a poorly understood neurologic disorder which can trigger pain, burning, twitching, tingling, crawling, and other kinds of unpleasant sensations in a person’s legs at night which can spark the desperate urge to move them. But, what is really this syndrome all about, and how can you deal with this kind of problem?
A Quick Overview restless leg syndrome
Often referred to as the Wittmaack-Ekbom’s syndrome or RLS, is a widely misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and uncomfortable condition assumed to be the result of a neurological disorder. Knowing the cause of RLS is a feat that doctors haven’t managed to master just yet. The reasons for what causes RLS runs gamut from brain disorder, dehydration, some types of medications, consumption of carbohydrates and fats, or stimulants such as caffeine.
Doctors categorize RSL into two types. Primary RSL comes from genetics, and it generally lasts throughout a person’s life. Secondary RSL comes from the non-hereditary sources such as stimulants and medications.
Treatment for RSL
Since the exact reasons for the causes of RSL is not known for sure, the methods for treatment of the condition can differ from one person to another. If you assume that you have secondary RSL as a result of some medications you are taking, you make sure you ask your physician if you can stop the use of the medication to check if this will help. If this can decrease in frequency or disappear completely, you got the answer you need. If it is the result of caffeine intake, you can stop the use of the stimulant to check if the conditions will improve.
But, if suffering from primary RSL since your family has history of it, the most ideal way of treating it is to avoid stimulants which can further aggravate it. It is very likely that the symptoms will not disappear but you can always continue treating it with massages, a regular exercise program, and hot baths.
How to Deal with Annoyances
Although you can identify the cause of RSL in your body, it doesn’t mean that this will stop totally or it will be less annoying after some time.
Good thing that you are not alone. Since a lot of people are suffering from RSL, you don’t have to be afraid of people’s reactions to it if happens in public. Discussing this condition can help open doors for further exploration of its causes. Who knows, sooner or later, a sleep study center will pinpoint the specific reasons as to what causes RSL.