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First Aid for Restless Leg Syndrome

by Eric Smith
  • Overview

    Restless legs syndrome, or RLS, causes the legs to feel uncomfortable while a patient is seated or lying down. Individuals often feel tingling, burning or aching sensations in their legs. Lifestyle changes and medications can provide relief from RLS.
  • Pain Relievers

    According to the Mayo Clinic, over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen may provide relief for people with milder cases of RLS.
  • Warm and Cold Packs

    Warm or cold packs may provide RLS relief when they are placed on the legs.
  • Relaxation Techniques

    High stress levels can aggravate RLS and patients may experience reduced RLS symptoms when they practice relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation.
  • Exercise

    Moderate exercise can lessen the symptoms of RLS when a patient exercises regularly.
  • Medications

    Doctors may prescribe pramipexole, ropinirole or a combination of levodopa and carbidopa to reduce the amount of leg movement that a patient experiences while at rest. Epilepsy medications such as gabapentin may provide relief to RLS sufferers.

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