Treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

You do not have to settle for fewer hours of sleep or poor quality sleep because of Restless Legs Syndrome. Treatment options are available, and you can get the right treatment at Neurology & Sleep Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lifestyle Changes as RLS Treatment

Restless Legs Syndrome can be caused or exacerbated by poor circulation in the legs. Lifestyle changes that improve circulation can relieve symptoms. Behavioral RLS treatments include:

  • Moderate exercise
  • Massage
  • Soaking in warm-hot water
  • Dietary changes—i.e., reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption
  • Smoking cessation

Because stress has been shown to increase the severity of RLS symptoms, stress management strategies, including deep breathing, yoga and meditation, especially before bed, can help reduce symptoms and improve sleep.

Medications for RLS Treatment

If your Restless Legs Syndrome is caused by a mineral deficiency and/or nerve communication issue, you may need supplementation or medication to relieve symptoms. Medication treatment options include:

  • Iron supplementation
  • Medications that alter or block nerve signal transmission, such as:
    • Anti-seizure medications
    • Parkinson’s Disease medications
    • Narcotic pain medications

It is important that a doctor monitor your medications to increase or decrease dosages as necessary to provide RLS relief and reduce your risk for side effects (including iron poisoning).

Dr. Senthil Ramasamy is dual-certified in sleep medicine and neurology. His education, training and experience uniquely qualify him to diagnose and treat Restless Legs Syndrome. At our practice, Dr. Ramasamy is actively involved in your care—from initial consultation to treatment evaluation. Contact us to schedule an initial consultation and take the first step toward a better night’s sleep.

Get the right treatment for your Restless Legs Syndrome at Neurology & Sleep Medicine. Call us to schedule an initial consultation today.

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