Woman who can’t sleep from leg painRestless leg syndrome, or RLS, is caused by an issue with the nervous system. It leads to discomfort in the extremities and an urge, sometimes uncontrollable, to move your legs. Because RLS happens most often when you’re at rest, it can cause issues with getting a full night’s sleep. The experienced team at Respacare can help you identify root causes for RLS and find ways to mitigate those frustrating symptoms.

Causes Of Restless Leg Syndrome

The exact cause of RLS is still unknown, though medical scientists believe that brain chemical abnormalities may contribute to the syndrome. In some cases, doctors are able to link RLS to a separate medical condition, and treating that condition helps alleviate restless legs. Some medical conditions that can lead to RLS include:

  • Iron or other mineral deficiencies
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Varicose veins
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Pregnancy (RLS usually goes away a few weeks after birth)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lyme disease

Lifestyle choices can also lead to RLS symptoms at night. Caffeine, alcohol and some medications can cause restless legs.

Do You Need Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment?

If you experience tingling or discomfort in your legs that goes away when you move your limbs and comes back when you’re at rest again, you may be dealing with RLS. Because the syndrome can be caused by various medical conditions, it’s important to seek an evaluation from an experienced physician to rule out other issues.

If no other issues are present, the doctors at Respacare can work with you to manage your RLS symptoms to promote a better night’s rest. RLS itself is not currently curable, but by making appropriate lifestyle changes, you can often curtail the symptoms. The sleep doctors at Respacare can also help you understand any medical options for restless leg syndrome treatment so you can improve quality of sleep and life.

Contact Us Today

Stop spending your nights pacing the bedroom or tossing and turning in bed. Contact the sleep doctors at Respacare for help. You can call 732-356-9950 to make an appointment at either our Bridgewater or Flemington, NJ, office.