Wrestling With Restless Legs Syndrome

These simple tips can help ease the condition

SUNDAY, Nov. 7, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- Creepy-crawly sensations, tingling, burning, aching and jittering are among the symptoms of restless legs syndrome.

These symptoms often strike just as people are about to fall asleep, forcing them to get out of bed and walk around in order to get relief.

The November issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter offers some other tips that may help you calm the uncomfortable sensations caused by this condition:

  • Take nonprescription pain relievers.
  • Soak in a warm bath.
  • Massage your legs.
  • Learn to relax, especially before you go to bed. Stress can aggravate restless leg symptoms.
  • Try heat or cold packs. You might even try alternating between the two.
  • Get regular exercise. But don't overdo it and avoid exercising late in the day.
  • Reduce your consumption of caffeine, alcohol and tobacco. They all may trigger or aggravate symptoms.
  • Stay busy until bedtime. Boredom or drowsiness may worsen symptoms. Going to bed later may also help.

If restless legs symptoms continue to keep you awake at night, see your doctor. There are prescription drugs that can help manage the condition.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about restless legs syndrome.

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic, news release, Oct. 26, 2004
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