What are the major causes of Restless leg syndrome?
- Low iron levels
- Dysfunction of dopamine in the basal ganglia of the brain
RLS may also be related to …
- Kidney failure, diabetes, and peripheral neuropathy.
- Some medications may cause this condition such as: antinausea drugs (prochlorperazine or metoclopramide), antipsychotic drugs (haloperidol or phenothiazine derivatives), antidepressants that increase serotonin, and some cold and allergy medications-that contain sedating antihistamines.
- Pregnancy, especially in the last trimester. In most cases, symptoms usually disappear within 4 weeks after delivery.
Iron supplements if your physician approves. The daily recommended amount for men is about 20 mg/day and for women about 18 mg/day.
Foods high in iron:
Pumpkin/Squash seeds 1/2 cup 17 mg
3 oz of oysters/clams 7.8mg
1lb beef/lamb roast 17 mg
White beans 1 cup 6.6 mg
Dark greens ie spinach 1 cup 6 mg
Dark chocolate 1 cup 23 mg
Massage with a foam roller on the legs
More exercise during the day with the legs
Medications used in the treatment of restless legs syndrome (RLS) include the following:
Alpha 2 -adrenergic agonists
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