By Aviva Patz in Prevention. (An American view).
There’s no cure for Restless Legs Syndrome, a poorly understood neurological disorder that triggers pain, twitching, burning, crawling, tingling, and other unpleasant sensations in the legs at night, sparking a desperate urge to move them. So for the 10% of Americans who struggle with this condition, the challenge is to manage the symptoms, which can seriously sabotage sleep and quality of life.
Yes, there are FDA-approved medications, and they’re effective, but they have side effects (such as fatigue, dry mouth, weight gain, and brain fog) and their powers may be limited. “The medicines tend to stop working after 2 or 3 years, though newer ones may help for 8 to 10 years,” says Norma Cuellar, PhD, a professor of nursing at Capstone College of Nursing in Alabama and a complementary medicine consultant for the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation. “But the older you get, the worse your symptoms, so it’s a good idea to find alternative ways to manage them.”
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