Treatment

TREATMENT

There is currently no cure for RLS, but many treatment options are available to help manage symptoms.

Your doctor can help you explore ways to lessen your symptoms through lifestyle changes, self-care and medication. If you need medication, your healthcare provider will guide you through careful trials to find a drug and dosage that works best for you.

To create your treatment strategy, consider the following recommendations:

  • Check to see if you have iron deficiency anemia (ferritin), and possibly supplement your diet with iron.
  • Examine other prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies you may be taking. For example, drugs commonly used to treat high blood pressure, nausea, colds, allergies and depression can trigger RLS symptoms.
  • Identify and track any habits or activities that worsen your symptoms.
  • Review your diet to ensure it is healthy and balanced.
  • Eliminate or limit alcohol and caffeine from your diet to help improve sleep.
  • Find activities that help you cope. These might include walking, stretching, taking hot or cold baths, massage, acupressure or relaxation techniques.
  • Identify ways to keep your mind engaged while you are sitting, with activities like discussions, needlework or video games.
  • Avoid nicotine as it is known to disrupt sleep.
  • Implement a program of good sleep habits and coping strategies.

Our patient publications are a great starting point for information. Become a member today for access to our full online library of publications. As a member, you will also receive updates on the latest advances and treatments, all while supporting research toward a cure.

RLS Patient Odyssey II

In 2020, supported by an educational grant from Azurity Pharmaceuticals, the RLS Foundation conducted RLS Patient Odyssey II to evaluate the challenges of people living with RLS. The study was comprised of a patient survey and a spouse/partner survey, with questions about RLS diagnosis and severity, associated medical conditions, RLS treatment responses, and opinions of RLS care. In all, 3,003 patients and 432 spouses/partners participated. Results and findings will be shared at SLEEP 2022, the largest conference for sleep professionals to be held in Charlotte, NC in June.

 

Causes

Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Inside: Detailed information on RLS symptoms, possible causes and available treatment options.

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Coping

Coping Methods for RLS

Inside: Tips for coping with common RLS symptoms at home, at work and while traveling.

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Medications

Medications for RLS

Inside: Answers to frequently asked questions about the medication options to manage RLS.

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Activity

Activity, Exercise & RLS

Inside: Advice on how to incorporate physical activity into your daily life.

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Complementary/Alternatives

Complementary and Alternative RLS Medications

Inside: Find out the alternative options available to help improve your sleep and well-being.

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