Pharmacist Abraham, discusses Restless Leg Syndrome. Treatment. How To Stop Restless Legs Immediately. Symptoms, Causes, What Is It and Lots More.
In this weeks video we’re looking at the Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment to Stop Symptoms Causes. This video consists of the current information on Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment.
00:00 Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment Stop Symptoms Causes
00:20 What Is Restless Leg Syndrome - Symptoms
02:27 Restless Leg Syndrome Causes
04:06 Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment To Stop Symptoms Causes Immediately
WHAT IS RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME:
Restless leg syndrome or RLS, also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, is a common condition of the nervous system. It is very common and affects at least 2% of the population. done
It typically causes an overwhelming urge to move your legs and an uncomfortable sensation in your legs. The sensation may also affect your arms, chest and face.
It's been described by some as:
Tingling, burning, itching or throbbing. A "creepy-crawly" feeling. Feeling like fizzy water is inside the blood vessels in the legs. A painful cramping sensation in the legs.
These unpleasant sensations can range from mild to unbearable and are usually worse in the evening and during the night. They can often be relieved by moving or rubbing your legs. Some people experience symptoms occasionally, while others have them every day.
People with Restless leg syndrome may find it difficult to sit for long periods of time (for example, on a long train journey). More than 80% of people with restless leg syndrome also have periodic limb movements in sleep or PLMS for short. If you have PLMS, your leg will jerk or twitch uncontrollably, usually at night while you're asleep. The movements are short and repetitive, and usually occur every 20 to 40 seconds. PLMS can be severe enough to wake you up. The involuntary leg movements can also occur when you're awake and resting.
WHAT CAUSES RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME:
When it comes to understanding the causes and treating Restless leg syndrome, there are two major categories primary and secondary.
Primary Restless leg syndrome is where there is no identifiable cause, it tends to start at a much younger age and there is often a positive family history in around two thirds of patients.
Secondary Restless leg syndrome is where there is an identifiable process driving the condition, so treatment is aimed at addressing the underlying cause as well as managing symptoms. There are many things that cause Secondary Restless leg syndrome, if you would like to know more about these visit the following NHS link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/restless-legs-syndrome/causes/
Now before we run through the tips that can help with Restless leg syndrome its super important that you first speak to your healthcare professional to make sure there are no underlying health conditions, once you’ve done that feel free to try any of these tips.
As mentioned in the video here are some helpful exercises on the NHS page: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/free-fitness-ideas
As mentioned in the video here is a really useful caffeine calculator, the page is designed for pregnant women but I find the caffeine calculator tool really helpful - https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/calculators-tools-resources/check-your-caffeine-intake-pregnancy
SEEKING MEDICAL ADVICE FOR RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME:
If any of these lifestyle tips do not work for you or if you have any concerns about the frequency and severity of the symptoms described earlier, you may need to speak to a healthcare professional.
Some people with Restless leg syndrome never seek medical attention because they worry they won't be taken seriously. But Restless leg syndrome can interfere with your sleep, cause daytime drowsiness, affect your quality of life and even cause anxiety and depression this is why its so important to Talk with a healthcare professional if you think you may have Restless leg syndrome.
The charity Restless Leg Syndrome UK also provides really helpful information and support for people affected by restless leg syndrome. They may be able to put you in touch with other people in your area affected by the condition - https://www.rls-uk.org/
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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.
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