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What can I do about restless legs?
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Medical
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Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a common cause of sleep disruption. RLS can develop as a result of certain conditions or factors, particularly iron deficiency and peripheral neuropathy. Other causes are folate or magnesium deficiency, amyloidosis, diabetes mellitus, lumbosacral radiculopathy, or vitamin B-12 deficiency. Following investigations are advised;

1) A complete iron panel including iron levels, ferritin, transferrin saturation, and total iron binding capacity.
2) BUN,
3) creatinine,
4) magnesium,
5) thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH),
6) vitamin B-12, and folate.

Following measures would be helpful;

1) Avoidance of caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine (if you take them).
2) Exercise before the bed time
3) Medications
a) Pramipexole (Mirapex)
b) Ropinirole hydrochloride (Requip)

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

Dr. Arun
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Where do I get iron tests, B12 tests?
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 8 years ago

Hello,

Your primary care physician can get them done. These are routine tests (are not specialized tests) which can be done at any lab or hospital. Just a blood sample has to be taken.

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