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Restless Leg Syndrome
Another name for the syndrome is Willis-Ekbom Disease. The symptoms include an uncomfortable sensation in the legs which gives rise to the urge to move them constantly. Severe symptoms might also include itching or throbbing of the affected region.
The underlying phenomenon behind the Restless Leg Syndrome is a problem in a region called the basal ganglia, which is situated in the brain. The decrease in dopamine levels in the region can lead to spasms and restlessness in the legs.
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Nerve damage and iron deficiency are one of the primary causes of Restless Leg Syndrome
Medication, such as anti-nausea drugs and anti-depressants can contribute to the aggravation of the symptoms quickly.
Consumption of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine can trigger the symptoms as well.
Due to the wide array of causes, the doctor primarily relies on the description of the patients when trying to remedy the symptoms.
A temporary treatment is the inclusion of physical activity or exercise in the patient’s routine. The doctors will also try to treat a medical condition that’s associated with Restless Leg Syndrome, such as diabetes or iron deficiency.
Anti-seizure drugs, dopaminergic agents, benzodiazepines and opioids are other forms of medication that are prescribed to the patient once the cause is determined by the doctor.
If the syndrome is a long life condition for some patients, physical therapy is advised.