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You Will Need
- Family doctor
- Iron supplements
- Folate supplements
- Magnesium supplements
- Friends and family
- Warm baths
- Hot and cold packs
- Bedtime stretches (optional)
See if you have any other health-related conditions
Work with your doctor to see if you have underlying conditions, like Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, anemia, kidney disease, or are pregnant. Medicines commonly used to treat Parkinson’s are often used to lessen the affects of RLS.
Determine if your diet is low on iron, folate, or magnesium, and supplement
Determine if you have any nutritional deficiencies. Supplementing your diet with iron, folate, and magnesium may give you some relief.
Reduce caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco
Cut back on caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. These stimulants can put RLS into overdrive.
Tell family and friends
Tell your family and friends about your condition so they know what to expect and can offer support.
Exercise and stretch
Work out regularly and stretch daily. Yoga and Pilates are great techniques to incorporate into your exercise regimen.
Take baths, massages, and cold/hot packs
Take warm baths or massage your legs for temporary relief, along with alternating between hot and cold packs.
Occupy your mind
Find an activity that occupies your mind during the tough times like reading a book, working on puzzles, knitting, or watching TV. There’s no cure for RLS but researchers are working on new treatments every day.