Restless leg syndrome

What are the major causes of Restless leg syndrome?


  • Low iron levels
  • Dysfunction of dopamine in the basal ganglia of the brain
  • Genetics

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:

  • Dopaminergic agents
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Opioids
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Alpha 2 -adrenergic agonists
  • Iron salt ¬†



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