Restless legs syndrome; causes, symptoms, treatment

Restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (Restless Legs Syndrome RLS) is mentioned in the 17th century, but it only a few decades ago it was labelled as a clinical disorder - Ekbom's syndrome, after the Swedish neurologist Karl Axel Ekbom discovered it. It affects both sexes in equal shares, but 10-15% of the population suffers from it and is most common in middle and old age, even though there were some cases in children recorded. If it occurs before the age of 30 it is almost certainly a hereditary disorder.

Restless legs syndrome causes

If it is a primary restless legs syndrome, the disorder is hereditary and the cause lies in the part of the brain that controls movement. The secondary form of the disease can cause a variety of factors, such as, for example, anaemia (deficiency and iron deficiency), impaired renal function, a degenerative disease of the spine, nerve damage, but also it is not uncommon to come forward during pregnancy. This disorder sometimes is the result of taking certain medications, such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, antihistamines, or the consumption of alcohol, nicotine and coffee.

Restless Legs Syndrome Symptoms

The condition is followed by an uneasy feeling in the lower legs, thighs and feet, which is characterized by a tingling in the legs, burning, pain, feeling that something is crawling on the legs that forces us move the leg in order to feel a relief. Symptoms of restless legs usually occur when a person is in a state mode, after prolonged sitting or lying down and often has pain in the legs at night. Rising, movement, extension or twitching of foot briefly solves the problem. It often occurs in spite of these difficulties a PLMS disorder (periodic limb movements of sleep) - limb movement in sleep, which is more often present in the elderly.

There is no specific diagnostic test for restless legs syndrome, but the diagnosis is made based on the clinical picture. From laboratory tests required are complete blood count, determining the value of thyroid hormone TSH, renal probe. The patient is referred to the electromyography and measurement speed the impulse conduction through the nerve. Depending on the diagnosis, prescribed are vitamins, minerals, certain exercises, and certain drugs (anti-Parkinson’s), analgesics, tranquilizers, anticonvulsants.

Streching exercises; LEGS

Falling asleep and waking up at about the same time, will greatly ease the problems, but experts suggest that before you go to bed you slowly stretch the whole body then gently bend the feet, hands to catch them. Before sleep you should practice warm baths that will relax the body and muscles and facilitate sleep. During the day do light exercises, and of great help are daily walks. For relief of symptoms of restless legs advised is yoga that includes: exercises for legs - stretching, deep breathing and relaxation. It is necessary to avoid alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, tea and chocolate, because it has a bad influence on blood circulation and sleep quality.

Restless legs syndrome; HEALING HERBS

In most cases, restless leg syndrome is accompanied by a lack of iron in blood. This mineral releases dopamine, a substance that helps control movement, but in the food you should introduce more foods rich in iron - red meat, beets, dried plums, chick peas, blackberries.
  • Make a tea mixture with one tablespoon of chopped fruit of rosehip and chamomile flowers. Pour half a litre of boiling water, cover, leave it to rest for 15 minutes, strain and add the lemon juice and honey. Drink several times a day just before bedtime.
  • Aromatherapy: Make a mixture with 5 drops of oil of basil and marjoram and 3 drops of almond oil and massage your feet every night.