Many people are losing quality sleep because of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), a condition that causes irritation in the legs that keeps them from falling asleep. Identifying the underlying cause is essential to finding the most effective treatment and restoring the quality of your sleep.
The symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome are often caused by a problem with nerve signals, which may result from:
If low iron levels are causing RLS symptoms, treatment may be as easy as a daily iron supplement. However, iron supplementation should be monitored by your healthcare provider to prevent iron poisoning.
RLS symptoms are often side-effects of a number of common medications, including:
If the symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome appear on the list of side effects of medicine you are taking, discuss alternative medications or how to safely wean yourself off of medications with your doctor.
RLS is often caused by pregnancy, especially in the last trimester. If RLS symptoms developed during pregnancy, most often they will completely resolve within a month after childbirth, so no treatment is recommended or necessary.
Finding the right treatment for Restless Legs Syndromes depends on the cause. Dr. Senthil Ramasamy, the board-certified sleep specialist at Neurology & Sleep Medicine, can help you determine the underlying cause to help you get better sleep. Contact us to schedule an initial consultation at our Rio Rancho, NM office.