It is a common condition that induces an involuntary urge to move your legs, most probably because of an uncomfortable feeling. It occurs mostly at nighttime as you lie or sit down. The unpleasant feeling is eased temporarily by moving your legs. It may go up to 14% in incidence as of the general population and increases with age.
The Signs and Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome
- Sensations that usually occur after resting for an extended time
- Quick-relief by movement
- Worsening of the sensation in nighttime
- Leg twitching in the night
- Periodic limb movement in sleeping
The Causes of Restless Leg Syndrome
Some of the main causes of this condition include hereditary and pregnancy factors. Right Leg Syndrome occurs in families, especially when the condition occurs prior to age 40. Scientists have figured out chromosomes that have RLS genes present on them. Pregnancy is another big factor behind this condition. This happens because, in pregnant women, the signs and symptoms of RLS worsen due to the imbalance of hormones. Some may get it in the earlier stages of pregnancy, while some may experience the sensation in their last trimester. However, it is seen that symptoms subside after the delivery.
The Treatment Options for Restless Leg Syndrome
Medications that will increase dopamine in the central nervous system will help to deal with this condition. These medications include rotigotine, ropinirole, and, finally, pramipexole. These medications are approved by the FDA in order to treat the Restless Leg Syndrome that occurs from moderate to severe cases. Some of the side effects of these treatments include fatigue and nausea.
Calcium channel modifiable medications, including gabapentin, are also helpful to address the situation of Restless Leg Syndrome. Some of the more examples of these medications include enacarbil as well as pregabalin. Some doctors might also suggest narcotic medications to be given in order to provide relief from the severe symptoms related to the condition at hand. These might cause addiction if given in high doses. Tramadol, codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone are some of the usual drugs that are given in such a case.
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