Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) and Parkinson's disease (PD) are both neurological disorders. Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a debilitating condition characterized by strong urge to move the legs, uncomfortable leg twitching, jolting, throbbing, pulling, creeping, crawling, tingling, or other unpleasant sensations that range in severity from uncomfortable to irritating to painful. Symptoms occur primarily at night when a person is relaxing and can increase in severity during the night resulting in difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Left untreated, this condition causes exhaustion and daytime fatigue and sleep deprivation.
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Restless Leg Syndrome may have a genetic component. Specific gene variants have been associated with RLS and are often found in families where the onset of symptoms is happens before age 40. If your have a family member(s) that suffers from Parkinson’s Disease or Parkinson’s like symptoms you may consider genetic testing.
STEPS TO TAKE
First make sure you are properly hydrated (drink half of your body weight of water in ounces throughout the day). Taking regular Epsom salt baths may also bring some relief. Basic testing, including blood tests for glucose, iron, magnesium, potassium and thyroid hormones, are initially recommended by doctors mostly because imbalances in these factors can lead to neurologic or muscular dysregulation. Iron deficiency is very common in people with RLS. Magnesium, is essential for correct functioning of both nerves and muscles. So before you embark on more involved program try the simple solution first. But, if optimizing your hormones and mineral status, and getting hydrated, didn't bring the relief you are looking for, adding amino acid therapy may be able to help.
How do you know if you have Restless Leg Syndrome or Parkinson’s disease?
The Restless leg syndrome just like Parkinson’s is a dopamine dominant disorder that may require a substantial amount of support for dopamine in balance with other amino acids. Once the right balance of amino acids is found and proper neurotransmitter function is restored, the discomfort, pain and constant need to move the legs should resolve.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that affects many functions in the body. Symptoms of dopamine disorder include constipation, digestive disorders, low libido, excessive sleepiness, movement disorders, tremors, difficulty to control muscle movement, decline in physical strength, forgetfulness, aggression, depression, mood swings, lack of concentration and many more..
In fact, conventional medicine uses the same medications (Sinemet, Mirapex, Requip….) to treat RLS and Parkinson’s disease. These medications are intended to increase dopamine, however to be effective dopamine has to be balanced with other essential neurotransmitters. Long term use of prescription medications like Sinemet comes with side effects that can compromise your health. Luckily, there are some very effective ways to improve and even eliminate these symptoms.
Support yourself with the necessary nutrients and, if you don’t get desire symptom relief, consider contacting health professional specializing in amino acid therapy. Using amino acid therapy has brought relief to thousands of people suffering from restless leg syndrome. If you have questions or need additional support to find the right program for you, don’t hesitate to contact us.