folks who get that kind of treatment usually need the spasm gone more than they need function....ergo they are very disabled persons
5. What non-drug treatments are recommended for RLS?
In addition to medications, there are other things you and your doctor can consider when trying to help you deal with RLS. These options may include:
**Checking to see if there is an underlying iron or vitamin deficiency and then possibly supplementing your diet with iron, vitamin B12 or folate.
**Looking at medications you may be taking which make RLS worse. These may include drugs used to treat high blood pressure, heart conditions, nausea, colds, allergies and depression.
**Looking at any herbal and over-the-counter medicines you may be taking to see if they could be worsening your RLS.
**Identifying habits and activities that worsen RLS symptoms.
**Looking at your diet to assure it is healthy and balanced.
**Discussing whether or not antihistamines could be contributing to your RLS.
**Eliminating your alcohol intake.
**Looking at various activities that may help you personally deal with RLS. These could include walking, stretching, taking a hot or cold bath, massaging, acupressure, or relaxation techniques.
**Attempting to keep your mind engaged with activities like discussions, needlework or video games when you have to stay seated.
**Implementing a program of good sleep habits.
**Possibly eliminating caffeine from your diet to aid in general sleep hygiene.
By arming yourself with information, you have taken the first step toward defeating RLS. However, your optimum plan requires that you work together with your healthcare provider. Some things that you can do to help eliminate or reduce the need for drugs include:
**Living a healthy lifestyle.
**Eliminating symptom-producing substances.
**Taking vitamin and mineral supplements as necessary.
**Engaging in activities which help take your mind off of RLS.
**Avoiding or eliminating foods or medicines that aggravate your symptoms.
Myoclonus describes a symptom and generally is not a diagnosis of a disease. It refers to sudden, involuntary jerking of a muscle or group of muscles.
questor wrote:It is truly amazing to me that the single most unequivocable early benefit I have felt so far from this procedure is that RLS has completely vanished in my case. The last time I was troubled with it was the night before the stents were installed. RLS has been something I have been living with nightly for years now, and have used regular reflexology treaments and daily high doses of magnesium to help treat.
It's gone. Completely. This may be a side-affect of one of the meds I am currently taking, but I don't think so (plavix, coumadin, baby aspirin). The true test will be in how long this benefit lasts.
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