Table of Contents
- Restless leg syndrome facts
- What is restless leg syndrome (RLS)?
- What causes restless leg syndrome?
- What are the symptoms of restless leg syndrome?
- What about restless leg syndrome during pregnancy?
- How is restless leg syndrome diagnosed?
- Can other conditions mimic restless leg syndrome?
- What is the treatment for restless leg syndrome?
- What medications are used to treat restless leg syndrome?
- 5 remedies and complimentary/alternative treatments for restless leg syndrome
- Restless leg syndrome is not curable, but what is the prognosis?
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What causes restless leg syndrome?
The cause of restless leg syndrome is unknown in most people. However, restless leg syndrome has been associated with
- iron deficiency and anemia,
- nerve disease,
- polyneuropathy (which can be associated with hypothyroidism, heavy metal toxicity, toxins, and many other conditions),
- other hormone diseases such as diabetes, and
- kidney failure (which can be associated with vitamin and mineral deficiency).
Some drugs and medications have been associated with restless leg syndrome including:
- H2-histamine blockers (such as ranitidine [Zantac] and cimetidine [Tagamet]), and certain antidepressants (such as amitriptyline [Elavil, Endep]).
Occasionally, restless leg syndrome run in families. Recent studies have shown that restless leg syndrome appears to become more common as a person ages. Also, poor venous circulation of the legs (such as with varicose veins) can cause restless leg syndrome.
REFERENCE: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Restless Legs Syndrome.
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