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Easing restless legs syndrome

(HealthDay News) -- There are things you can do to ease symptoms of restless leg syndrome -- characterized by the overwhelming desire to move the legs. A person with RLS also typically has sensations of tugging, throbbing, pulling or creeping of the legs.

These remedies may help ease symptoms:

  • Limit use of caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.
  • Take iron, magnesium and folate supplements.
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
  • Get regular, moderate exercise.
  • Gently massage the legs.
  • Heat the legs in a bath or with a heating pad.
  • Apply an ice pack to the legs.

Attribution: -- Diana Kohnle


U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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First published: 07/09/2013
Last updated: 07/09/2013