Restless Leg Syndrome
For those individuals who have been unfortunate enough to suffer from RLS there would be no need to define what this condition is. However, there are many of you out there that have been suffering from this condition and didn’t even know that there was a name for it.
Restless Leg Syndrome or RLS as it has become known, is a condition involving involuntary urges to move and stretch which can be extremely disruptive to a good night’s sleep. As a result it has been added to a long list of sleep disorders. Symptoms of RLS may include: involuntary leg jerking, leg aches, cramping, leg pain, anc crawling sensations. Although individuals who experience RLS have symptoms during the day, they tend to be less bothersome and the symptoms tend to increase in severity shortly after going to bed. The lack of a good night’s sleep eventually leads to irritability, stress, and gradually affects other areas of life.
The exact cause of this disorder is unknown and there are a numbe of medical prescriptions that attempt to quiet the discomfort. However, if an individual has been evaluated to rule out other disorders of the peripheral nervous system and is in fact suffering from RLS there is help. RLS can come on at any age and is often aggravated during pregnancy, periods of extreme stress and acute physical trauma.
You are considered to be suffering from RLS if:
- The sensations and the urge to move begin or are aggravated by periods of rest
- The sensations are relieved by movement
- Relief is only present while you are moving or stretching
- Symptoms seem to be worse late in the day and at night
Although there is no specific “cure” for RLS, the following has shown to be very helpful in minimizing the RLS symptoms and in some individuals has even eliminated the problem long term:
250 mg Magnesium supplement (transdermal provides the best absorption)
- essential for connective growth and repair
- stabilizes normal heart rhythm
- helps maintain normal blood pressure
- exrremely essential for proper nervous system functioning allowing for proper transmission of nerve impulses
- necessary for proper muscle function and relaxation
- promotes healthy immune function
- beneficial for relieving stiffness in muscles
1000-2000mcg B12 daily
- completely empty bladder before retiring for the evening which prevents the bladder from signaling the brain during the night
- Homeopathic Rhus Tox 30x helps with restlessness
- Passion flower tea 1 hour before bed to calm the nervous system
- avoid simple carbs and alcoholic beverages
- Homeopathic Ignatia 30x helps light sleepers and those with intense emotional stress
- Homeopathic Sulphur 30x for those with burning sensations in the legs and feet
- Zinc supplements for proper immune and metabolic function
- Potassium for RLS symptoms during the waking hours
Diet plays an important part in providing the necessary nutrients to the body. Foods that are a good source of magnesium are wheat germ, almonds, buckwheat flour, cooked beans, peanuts, pecans, brewer’s yeast, many fruits and vegetables, grains and brown rice.
Finally being able to eliminate stress before retiring for the evening will produce much better results. Taking a hot bath, drinking a cup of the above mentioned tea, a foot rub with essential oils or placing the oils on your pillow can help you relax. Find out what seems to work for you and stick with it for best results.
Dr. Awilda Wilson, D.C., CTN