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ask: What help is being found for Restless Leg Syndrome?

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I have been diagnosed with RLS. I am currently taking Carbidopa-Levadopa for the symptoms, but have been building up a tolerence to the medication. I am experimenting with vitamin suplements. So far Magnesium seems to be helpful, but this is yet to be confirmed.

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Rosa Cabrera RN

Hi Anon,

Personally, I suffered from a mild case of RLS years ago and still get that urge to move my legs sometimes late at night. In my case, massaging my legs and taking a hot bath usually relieved the symptoms. However, there are also other ways of treating RLS. This includes the self therapy I mentioned as well as hot/cold packs, supplements such as folate, magnesium, iron, and vitamins B12, C, and E. Increasing activity can sometimes help with RLS-- have you talked to your doctor about starting a workout regime?

As far as meds, here are a few that usually get prescribed for RLS:
Treatment for Severe Cases of RLS
Medication
Benzodiazepines
Dopaminergic agents ( ropinirole , pramipexole )—considered the most effective
Opioids
Anticonvulsants ( gabapentin )
Clonidine

We are constantly updating our Restless Legs Syndrome page as well as keeping you informed about any research being done for RLS.

For more info, please visit: http://www.empowher.com/condition/restless-legs-syndrome/treatments

March 8, 2011 - 7:40am
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