Did you know that varicose veins is one of the underlying medical conditions for restless leg syndrome (RLS)? Typical movements are: pacing and walking, jiggling the legs, stretching and flexing, tossing and turning, and rubbing the legs.
Signs you have RLS:
- strong urge to move your legs
- symptoms that start or get worse when you’re inactive
- relief from moving
- symptoms that start or get worse in the evening or at night
Treatment for secondary restless legs syndrome (RLS caused by another medical problem) involves treating the underlying cause. The first line of defense against restless legs syndrome is to avoid substances or foods that may be causing or worsening the problem. Stay away from alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. This may partly relieve your symptoms. In addition, review all medications you are taking with your doctor to determine if any of these drugs could be causing the problem.
Underlying Medical Conditions
Any underlying medical conditions, such as anemia, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, kidney disease, thyroid disease, varicose veins, or Parkinson’s disease, should be treated. Dietary supplements to correct vitamin or mineral deficiency may be recommended. For some people, these treatments are all that is needed to relieve RLS symptoms.
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You may also benefit from physical therapy and self-care treatments, such as stretching, taking hot or cold baths, whirlpool baths, applying hot or cold packs to the affected area, limb massage, or vibratory or electrical stimulation of the feet and toes before bedtime. Exercise and relaxation techniques also may be helpful.