What Harvard Health Publishing and 3 other experts think: How can we prevent restless legs syndrome?

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What Harvard Health Publishing and 3 other experts think: How can we prevent restless legs syndrome?

Answered by Dr. Robert H. Shmerling

M.D. Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing · 30 years of experience · USA

Restless legs syndrome is a condition that causes a powerful urge to move the legs, often worse at night. There is often an unpleasant itching, crawling or creeping sensation. There is no known, reliable way to prevent restless legs syndrome. However, treating risk factors or triggers for the condition (such as iron deficiency) may prevent severe symptoms. If the condition developed during pregnancy, delivery may prevent ongoing symptoms. When a cause or trigger cannot be identified, there are ways to reduce symptoms and prevent them from getting worse. These include: • Stretching, massage, heat (as with a hot shower before bed) • Reducing or eliminating caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol • Getting regular exercise • Not smoking • Getting plenty of sleep • Not taking medications that worsen symptoms – check with your doctor about all medications you take, including one that are over-the-counter • Taking a medication for restless legs syndrome as recommended by your healthcare provider

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Answered by Dr. Alex T. Thomas

MD · 40 years of experience · USA

With lifestyle change, one can manage restless legs syndrome. Taking dopamine and cutting alcohol can also prevent restless legs syndrome.

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Answered by Dr. Mohan P. Abraham

M.D., FAAFP (Family Physician) · 40 years of experience · USA

Prevention of RLS may not be possible, as the exact cause is unknown. Some lifestyle modifications will lessen the symptoms.

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Answered by Dr. Rajesh Mishra

MBBS · 0.3 years of experience · India

Mild restless legs syndrome that isn’t linked to an underlying health condition can be managed with just a few lifestyle changes, If symptoms are more severe, medication may be needed. Restless legs syndrome caused by an underlying health condition can often be cured by treating that condition. For example, iron deficiency anaemia can be treated by taking iron supplements. If it’s associated with pregnancy, it usually disappears on its own within 4 weeks of the birth.

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Disclaimer: This is for information purpose only, and should not be considered as a substitute for medical expertise. These are opinions from an external panel of individual doctors, and not to be considered as opinion of Microsoft. Please seek professional help regarding any health conditions or concerns.
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