Sarahbellum wrote: 2 years ago I saw an MS specialist who said it was NOt RLS because it was only one leg.
Anybody have any comments or suggestions?
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.
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