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.

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 2016

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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Read: Members Weigh in on RLS Management

A “Patient Odyssey” survey, conducted by the RLS Foundation and sponsored by XenoPort, Inc., provides important new insights regarding the management of RLS.

The survey was designed to measure how RLS impacts daily living, both from the perspective of patients as well as spouses/partners, including treatment considerations, emotional well-being, relationships and lifestyle.

By assessing the findings, RLS Foundation is able to develop new tools to support patients, partners/spouses and physicians as they work together to achieve long-term disease management. The survey findings provide insight that helps the Foundation educate the medical community and the general public about RLS.

The Odyssey survey, fielded for one month in October, 2013, was sent to more than 3,000 members of the RLS Foundation; members also received companion surveys to provide to their spouses/partners. More than 1600 adult patients (70% women; 30% men) and more than 670 adult spouses/partners (65% men; 35% women) responded to the survey, either online or by mail.