Restless Legs Syndrome is surprisingly common. There are different Restless Legs Syndrome causes, but in the main it is a condition that affects the nervous system and it causes people to feel like they have to move their legs. The feeling is often described as unpleasant and manifests itself in the entire leg, from the feet to the thighs. Many say it is a crawling or creeping sensation that can only be appeased by moving the leg. The severity of the symptoms can vary greatly, but for those who suffer from the more severe cases of RLS, it can really cause disruption in their day to day life.
Many people think that the cure for anything lies in pills and they do opt for medication. As we will see further on, lifestyle changes are actually far more appropriate, not in the least because they don’t have any negative side effects. However, medication can be great to stop the immediate symptoms and give you relief whilst you make the necessary lifestyle changes.
Most people with Restless Legs Syndrome are prescribed Levodopa. This is only suitable for those who suffer from RLS occasionally however, and it is not a good Restless Legs Syndrome remedy for long term use. It will make you feel very sleepy very quickly, so it can only be taken at home. It also makes people feel very nauseous.
Other medical professionals prefer prescribing dopamine agonists, particularly for those who suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome more regularly. Again, these can make you feel dizzy and they also cause headaches and nausea.
Simple painkillers can also help as treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome. However, do bear in mind that some painkillers can be addictive, that they can make you feel sick, that they can give you a dry mouth and that they can cause constipation.
A better way to provide a more permanent solution to Restless Legs Syndrome is to make lifestyle changes. Stimulants (tobacco, alcohol, caffeine) should be avoided. It is also important to exercise frequently and regularly, but not near bedtime. Having a good routine, in particular in terms of sleeping is also very important. Make sure that you don’t have daytime naps and that you relax before falling asleep as well.
If you are going through a RLS attack, you could try massaging your legs. Having a hot bath or applying hot compresses can also help. It is also recommended to partake in activities that stimulate your mind, forcing your brain to focus on the task at hand.
Nature holds the cure to many symptoms. In fact, there isn’t a drug on the market yet that hasn’t found its origins in nature. Using Restless Legs Syndrome home remedies is a great idea. In fact, you have nothing to lose, so why not give it a try?
Some things you can do in terms of Restless Legs Syndrome treatment include:
• Holding a bar of soap in your hand (wrapped in a sock or other material)
• One quarter tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water
• Blackstrap molasses
• Coconut oil
These are but a few of the Restless Legs Syndrome remedies that you can use if you experience RLS symptoms. Any other remedies are welcome! Please share them in the comment box available below.
P.S.: To answer to an e-mail that we just received; Yes, RLS genes have been discovered.