February 26 at 1:57 PM • Comments: 5 • Views: 8309

How To Live With Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Living with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) may not be your ideal choice, but it is possible. Those creepy, crawling, jerky, jumpy legs and arms don't have to give you a feeling of utter hopelessness. There is life after RLS!

Coping Strategies

There are many things you can easily adopt into your life to help ease your Restless Legs Syndrome symptoms. See how many of the following suggestions you may want to try.

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Lifestyle changes

A positive attitude. Keep yourself occupied so that your mind doesn't dwell on those unwanted sensations. Learn a new hobby, volunteer, spend time with friends, join a RLS support group. Adequate sleep. It's important for your body to get the rest it needs. Perhaps these simple suggestions can help:

  • Strive for a comfortable, cool, peaceful, quiet ambience in your bedroom.
  • You will benefit if you go to bed the same time each night.
  • You will benefit if you get up the same time each morning.
  • Make sure you get enough rest each night, you'll know how much sleep you need.
  • If these tips don't work, try to go to bed later and get up later.

Compression hose or stockings. You may not want to try compression hose or stockings, but they can help ease RLS symptoms. You may be surprised at the styles and colors that are now offered! Diet. You want to make sure you're getting enough iron and vitamin B12 (folate). You'll see from this list of foods high in iron, you have some delicious choices: barley, beef, chicken, clams, dried beans, dried fruits, egg yolks, fortified foods (cereal, grits, oatmeal, pasta, rice), green leafy vegetables, lamb, liver, nuts, oysters, pork, potatoes, salmon, shrimp, tuna, and turkey.

As with anything, moderation and balance are key. You should eliminate alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, and salt from your diet since they seem to worsen RLS symptoms. A good dietary supplement may help, as well! Exercise. Moderate exercise has been proven to have positive effects for Restless Legs Syndrome sufferers, while strenuous exercise seems to aggravate Restless Legs Syndrome symptoms.

Favorite exercises among RLS sufferers include stretching and walking. Experiment and see which exercises work best for you. If the word "exercise" makes you cringe, find a new, low impact sport! Medications. Check the prescription and OTC medications you're currently taking. Certain mediations, like those for allergies, colds, depression, heart, and high blood pressure, can worsen RLS symptoms.

Restless Legs Syndrome Home remedies

Hydrotherapy is an option for you. Hydrotherapy may sound difficult, but it's simply alternation between hot and cold baths to stimulate circulation. You should soak in hot water for three minutes and then soak in cold water for 30 seconds, for a total of three times each. You may find other techniques, such as acupressure, massage, or relaxation methods, helpful, too.

Restless Legs Syndrome Medications

As with any medication, it's important to be aware of the facts. Be sure to talk to your health care professional so he can discuss the possible side effects in detail with you. You should make an informed decision. RLS medications fall into four categories: Anticonvulsants, Dopaminergic agents, Pain relievers, and Sedatives

Final Thoughts

You may be surprised that a lot of the self-care treatment tips shared here are similar to those in 8 Easy Self-Care Tips to Prevent Varicose Veins because RLS and varicose veins both affect circulation. Now that you see it is possible to live a full life with RLS, go out and enjoy it!

Sources:

http://www.foodshighiniron.com/

5 Comments

  • Smartliving Guest Smartliving Guest

    I have a friend who has lived with this problem for years and has tried everything he could think of. I will share this with him! Commented on HelloLife · March 2, 2009 at 8:53 AM

  • Smarty Smarty

    Great! We hope it helps your friend. Commented on HelloLife · March 2, 2009 at 10:38 AM

  • Smartliving Guest Smartliving Guest

    Great tips for RLS! My Grandma suffers with this, I will be sure to remember all of this so I can pass them off to her the next time we talk. Thank You! Commented on HelloLife · March 25, 2009 at 3:21 PM

  • Smarty Smarty

    Glad we could help! Commented on HelloLife · March 25, 2009 at 3:28 PM

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