Some statistics show that more then 5 million people in America live and suffer from moderate or severe form of restless legs syndrome or RLS. According to the statistics, one out of ten adults have health problems, as well as a million children of school age.
Here are some common symptoms: – Pain in the foot;
– Uncomfortable feeling in the legs;
– The desire of shaking off leg.
– Typically, symptoms are more overnight.
Maybe this is not some serious medical condition but it can affect life and the quality as well as ability for performing every day activities.
The symptoms of RLS can be primary and secondary.
Primary symptoms are hereditary and the cause is located in the part of the brain which is responsible for monitoring.
Secondary symptoms which are caused by certain health problems such as pregnancy, anemia, peripheral nerve damage, impaired renal function and degenerative diseases of the spine.
The use of certain medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, as well as excessive consumption of coffee, alcohol and nicotine, can be the reason for this condition. It can be diagnosed based on a clinical picture. The laboratory tests require some blood tests, hormonal status and kidney function analysis. The treatment depends on the results. What doctors prescribe more often are vitamins, minerals, painkillers, tranquilizers and certain exercises.
How to alleviate the symptoms?
This can happen when awakening and getting up at the same time. Some experts also recommend stretching before going to bed. All you will need to do is sit on the floor with your legs stretched out and slowly bend your upper body so that you can get your hands in this position for a few minutes. Another thing that will help you by doing some stretching, deep breathing and relaxation is practising yoga. You will also need to avoid drinking beverages that contain caffeine as the coffee, green and black tea because they have some negative effects on the blood circulation and the quality of our sleep.
Another factor that causes RLS is the iron deficiency. Because of that you will need to eat foods rich in iron such as red meat, prunes and beets.
– 1 tablespoon crushed fruit hook;
– 1 tablespoon of chamomile flowers;
– Half a liter of boiled water