Restless leg syndrome, or simply RLS, is a common disorder marked by an overwhelming urge to move the legs. While it is not dangerous, restless leg syndrome can impact your quality of life because it may prevent you from falling or staying asleep. It can cause exhaustion in severe cases. Without treatment, restless leg syndrome symptoms become progressively worse.
If you are bothered by restless legs at night, doctors at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals can help. Call (702) 616-4900 or Find a Doctor online who treats restless leg syndrome in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome?
Most of the time, the cause of restless leg syndrome is not known. Experts think iron deficiency in the brain may cause some instances, while genetics play a role in others. Research has also shown a link between restless leg syndrome and the way the brain uses dopamine, a chemical that helps the body make smooth muscle movements.
Restless Leg Syndrome Symptoms
Symptoms of restless leg syndrome typically occur when you are still, such as during the night or evening. Besides the uncontrollable urge to move the legs, other painful and unpleasant sensations are common. These including tugging, throbbing, and creeping in the legs, especially when lying down and sitting. Many people with restless leg syndrome also have periodic limb movement of sleep (PLMS), which results in involuntary, frequent leg twitches.
Sitting still for extended periods, such as during a movie, plane flight, or long car ride, can trigger symptoms of restless leg syndrome.
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome in Las Vegas, NV
Treatment options for restless leg syndrome are usually focused on managing symptoms. In some cases, managing an underlying health condition will relieve symptoms. In many cases, lifestyle changes can reduce symptoms.
Treatment strategies include:
- Taking an iron supplement if your doctor determines you have an iron deficiency.
- Reducing alcohol and caffeine consumption to improve sleep.
- Testing out different activities that may provide relief, including massage, an ice or heat pack, cold or warm baths, or acupressure.
- Getting regular exercise.
- Prescription medications, including those that increase dopamine levels in the brain. Some sleep medications and antidepressants can worsen restless leg syndrome.
- Finding ways to cope, such as keeping your mind busy while you are sitting by solving puzzles or reading.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides treatment for neurological conditions, including restless leg syndrome, in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.