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Restless Legs Syndrome Treatment Overview

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Treating restless legs syndrome

If you have symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS)—discomfort in your legs that then causes an irresistible urge to move them—it’s important to see a doctor. They can diagnose you and make sure you don’t have other conditions that may have similar symptoms.

How to treat restless legs syndrome

Your doctor will recommend supplements or medications to help manage your RLS symptoms. These may include iron supplements and prescription medications that target the brain chemical called dopamine or nerve medications that treat pain.

There are also steps you can take at home to help with symptoms. This falls into two categories. The first is to use devices that physically reduce the urge to move your legs, like weighted blankets and compression devices on your legs. Second is to improve your sleep, which can get disrupted by RLS.

Go to the ER or call 911 if you cannot control your urination or your bowel movements, or if you have numbness in your hips or genital area.

Medical tests & labs

Restless legs syndrome is diagnosed based on your symptoms. Sometimes your doctor will check your iron levels, because it can be linked to restless leg syndrome.

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