If you have leg discomfort and an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, you may have restless leg syndrome. Cardiovascular specialist Alex Alperovich, MD, FACC, FSCAI, at Advanced Cardiovascular & Vein Center in Jackson, Tennessee, offers evaluation, management, and treatment for this annoying, unpleasant syndrome. Call the office at (731) 215-1281 or book an appointment online today for more information about the management of restless leg syndrome.
Restless Leg Syndrome Q & A
What are the symptoms of restless leg syndrome?
Restless leg syndrome is a chronic condition also known as RLS or Willis-Ekbom disease (WED). It may begin at any age and generally gets worse as you age. Symptoms of restless leg syndrome include:
- Discomfort, tingling, and an urge to move that usually occurs after periods of being sedentary (such as when in a car, bed, or movie theater)
- Relief from discomfort when you move
- Symptoms that worsen at night, especially during sleep
- Nighttime leg twitching
The discomfort is described as itching, electric, throbbing, and creeping. Usually, you experience restless legs in both legs and, rarely, the symptoms may affect your arms as well.
Symptoms of restless leg syndrome can come and go. You may have periods in which restless leg syndrome is fierce and other times when the symptoms nearly disappear.
How is restless leg syndrome treated?
Before reaching a restless leg syndrome diagnosis, Dr. Alperovich may conduct a physical and neurological exam as well as test for iron deficiency to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms. If you have an underlying condition, such as iron deficiency, oral or intravenous iron supplementation can help, but you should only take them under a doctor’s supervision.
Ways to treat restless leg syndrome include lifestyle strategies and sometimes medications. Dr. Alperovich may advise regular baths and massages to relieve your legs. Good sleep habits, regular exercise, and avoiding caffeine are other at-home tactics that can relieve symptoms and flare-ups.
Dr. Alperovich may also prescribe specific medications to help with restless leg syndrome. Certain medications increase dopamine in the brain, which helps with your impulse control. Other drugs that affect calcium channels, opioids, and muscle relaxants may also help.
He considers your particular symptoms and health before offering any of these drug therapies. If restless leg syndrome is seriously affecting your sleep and other therapies don’t help, Dr. Alperovich may recommend sleep medications to give you relief.
If you have the burning, tingling, and disturbed sleep associated with restless leg syndrome, call Advanced Cardiovascular & Vein Center or schedule an appointment online today to meet with Dr. Alperovich.