Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Treatment

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Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a serious, but treatable condition. The key to living with RLS is managing the symptoms. Lifestyle changes, like limiting  caffeine and alcohol, taking iron supplements or a hot bath, or initiating an exercise plan, and seeing a heath care professional to discuss treatment options can help. Everyone experiences RLS differently, so it is important to work with your health care professional to determine the best way for you to control your symptoms. A detailed list of some other lifestyle changes you and your health care professional may want to consider include:

  • Checking to see if there is an underlying iron or vitamin deficiency and then possibly supplementing your diet with iron, vitamin B12 or folate.
  • Looking at medications you may be taking which could make RLS symptoms worse. These may include drugs used to treat high blood pressure, heart conditions, nausea, colds, allergies, and depression.
  • Looking at any herbal and over-the-counter medicines you may be taking to see if they could be worsening your RLS.
  • Identifying habits and activities that worsen RLS symptoms.
  • Looking at your diet to assure it is healthy and balanced.
  • Eliminating or lessening your alcohol intake.
  • Looking at various activities that may help you personally deal with RLS.
    • These could include walking, stretching, taking a hot or cold bath, massage, acupressure, or relaxation techniques.
    • Also keeping your mind engaged with activities like discussions, needlework or video games when you have to stay seated.
    • Implementing a program of good sleep habits.
    • Reducing or eliminating caffeine from your diet to aid in general  sleep hygiene .

Vein Treatment for RLS

98% of patients affected by RLS in a recent study found symptom relief after treating varicose veins in their legs with non-surgical sclerotherapy*.  Many physicians believe that it is the underlying vein problems that are causing the Restless Leg Syndrome, and by treating this with an outpatient procedure, patients can get relief. 

How it works: Varicose veins are caused by unhealthy valves within the veins. When these valves fail or leak, the blood falls backward through the poorly functioning valves causing the blood

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