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Ten Remedies for Restless Leg Syndrome Relief

Web MD has a great slide presentation about home remedies for Restless Leg Syndrome--they're all simple things most anyone can do to help manage this condition.

Here is a quick list of ten of the suggestions they present~~

keep a regular bedtime--helps combat fatigue and keeps symptoms in checkstretch before you sleep~leg stretches may help just before bed or following prolonged sittingeliminate caffeine~may worsen symptoms for some RLS suffererswarm bath before sleep~a classic way to wind down and relax before sleepexercise habit~one study found that exercise resulted in reduced leg movement/deeper sleepexercise your brain~crossword puzzles, knitting, etc. are good distraction techniquesleg massage~calf massage can help one to fall asleep more quicklyyoga~stretching, breathing and relaxation of can relieve mild RLS symptomsavoid alcohol and cigarettes~nicotine and alcohol can exaggerate RLS symptomsmedication review~some cold and allergy medicines and antidepressants can worsen y…

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Have you ever experienced an uncontrollable urge to move your legs? If you have, one possible cause is restless leg syndrome (RLS).  This uncomfortable condition is very common, particularly in adults. The condition usually comes about after a period of rest--sitting at a desk, sleeping, etc.  Usually moving around a little bit helps to calm things down.  Typically, symptoms tend to be worse in the evening hours.

This condition comes under the auspices of chronic pain syndromes because it tends to be chronic, seeing that at present there is no known cure.  It is not overtly painful, but the restless sensation is described as "unpleasant."Some people describe it as creeping or throbbing. A doctor can diagnose RLS based on patient history, physical exam, and laboratory tests (especially for iron levels).

It's not clear what causes RLS but it's thought to be an imbalance of hormones in the brain.  Heredity may play a role, and sometimes women first notice the issue dur…