Treat Associated Medical Conditions
We have already shown that restless leg syndrome can be associated with other medical conditions, such as obesity and diabetes. In some instances, treating these medical conditions can reduce the symptoms of RLS. Other conditions that have been shown to correlate with restless leg syndrome are: kidney disease, thyroid disease, varicose veins, Parkinson’s disease, and nutritional deficiencies (see below).
Certain lifestyle changes can also reduce symptoms for patients with mild to moderate restless leg syndrome, although these strategies are generally less effective for patients with severe symptoms. Some people find that decreasing caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco consumption can have beneficial effects. A regular regimen of moderate exercise, as well as routine leg massages, hot baths before bed, and use of a hot or cold pack can also help provide relief, although these measure rarely completely eliminate the symptoms.
As part of your treatment plan, you should also know that some medications are thought to amplify RLS symptoms. In particular, anti-nausea drugs and antihistamines (like Benadryl) fall into this category. Antipsychotic medications and antidepressants that increase serotonin levels, as well as some cold and allergy medications may also cause restless leg symptoms. Reducing the use of these medications can alleviate RLS symptoms in some people, but you should discuss with your doctor before making any changes to your prescription regimen.
On the other hand, there are also some medications used to provide RLS relief. The options are too numerous to discuss here, but it is worth discussing with your physician, because there are possibilities that can help.
The most common restless leg syndrome natural remedy that you will find online is iron supplementation. Some researchers believe that there may be a correlation between iron deficiency and RLS, although there is no clinical proof that there is a causal relationship. Some people also suggest adding additional folate and magnesium to your diet, although there is less basis for these recommendations.
Chamomile tea may also help provide relief. This tea is particularly well-known for its relaxation and sleep-inducing properties. Dr. Alon Avidan, the director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic at UCLA, says it is certainly worth a try.
A more expensive option that has shown positive results in some patients is a pneumatic compression device. Inflatable cuffs are wrapped around the legs, which are then attached to a device which “inflates” them and increases the pressure. It is usually recommended that the device is used for at least an hour, around the time that symptoms usually begin.
Finally, ACV Cramp Cure is an extremely effective home remedy for restless leg syndrome. Our all-natural and proprietary formula not only cures muscle cramps, it provides relief for twitching legs and other rls symptoms. We recommend that you drink half a bottle 15-20 minutes before bed, and keep the remaining half nearby in case symptoms persist in the middle of the night.