Restless legs syndrome is a disease that manifests itself with numbness, burning, pinning, tingling, pain and violent involuntary movement, especially in the limbs that occur during resting in the evening. Often a person kicked with a violent involuntary leg motion during sleep and can break his leg, or can hurt the person next to him. When movement takes place, the involuntary leg movements disappear. This situation disrupts sleep.

Restless legs syndrome is a consequence of a substance decrease, labeled dopamine in some regions of the brain, and an increase in the glutamate-labeled substance.

Situations that can cause Restless Leg Syndrome include:

Iron deficiency (the most important indicator is low ferritin)

Advanced stage renal failure (uremia)


Parkinson's disease

Influence of nerves for various reasons (polyneuropathy)

Rheumatoid arthritis


Apart from these, nausea, depression and psychosis medications and anti-epileptics (including phenytoin), colds (containing antihistamines), blood pressure medications (containing nifedipine) can worsen the symptoms of restless leg syndrome.

How is it being treated?

The first principle in the treatment of restless leg syndrome is to avoid substances or foods that cause the disease to exacerbate. Avoiding substances such as alcohol, caffeine and nicotine can reduce the symptoms. The medications of the patient should be monitored and medications that increase symptoms of restless leg syndrome, should be discontinued. Diseases such as anemia, diabetes, nutritional disorders, kidney disease, goiter, varicose veins or Parkinson's disease should be treated.

Medications alleviate complaints as they are used. But it does not cure permanently. The disease lasts for life.

Ideal treatment; Dopamine deficiency and glutamate excess are permanently corrected, which eliminates pain, involuntary leg movements, and lifelong drug use.

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