Women with restless leg syndrome(RLS) during pregnancy seem to face a higher risk for developing a chronic form of RLS later on in life or face the same symptoms during other pregnancies. This new research has been published in yesterdays issue of Neurology®.
RLS is a disorder associated to sensation and movement. It cause an unpleasant feeling or sensation in the legs when laying down. It makes it very difficult to sleep. Symptoms seem to become worse with age.
Dr. Mauro Manconi, MD, PhD, at the Vita-Salute University, in Milan, Italy, states this is the first long term study to examine a possible association between RLS in pregnancy and reoccurring events later on in life. A lot of times when a woman has RLS during pregnancy it vanishes after giving birth. The studies findings had found that having RLS during pregnancy is a major risk factor for a future chronic form or a short term form in other pregnancies.
The study consisted of 74 women who had experiences with RLS during pregnancy and 133 women who did not have the condition. Six and half years later these women were interviewed about RLS symptoms, further pregnancy, occurrences of other disease and any medications they had used.
Eighteen women had experienced RLS during pregnancy(24%) and also had the disorder at the end of the study, in comparison to ten who did not have RLS during pregnancy(8%). Therefore, the women who had RLS while pregnant were at four times more risk to have RLS occurrence again than those who did not have the condition while pregnant. Those who had RLS had three times greater risk to develop the chronic form in comparison to women who did not have the condition. Nearly, 60% of the women who had RLS during pregnancy had noted the symptoms again in future pregnancies in comparison to 3% of women who did during the first pregnancy but did have the condition in future pregnancies, a related risk of 19.4%.
Dr. Manconi in closing states women who do develop RLS during pregnancy should assured that the symptoms most likely will vanish after pregnancy but could return later on in life.
Many persons have found relief from RLS using alternative treatments. Listed are a few of the treatments frequently used.
In recent studies of patients who suffer with RLS, 90% had found relief through chiropractic treatments. Chiropractic treatments corrects the instability in ankles, feet, knees and hips. Adjustments made to the pelvis and limbo-sacral spine (lower part) steady these areas. Along with treatments the chiropractor will recommend exercises along with nutritional and even herbal advice.
Acupuncture along with Chinese herbs such as Ginseng. Acupuncture has had some success in relieving RLS in patients. It is believed that the same points used for arthritis can also be used to provide relief for RLS. Several treatments may be required before benefits are seen and follow up treatments for flare ups.
Some of the most common herbs used to treat RLS:
Passion flower will induce sleep and muscle spasms. Dosage is thirty to sixty drops of tincture forty-five minutes prior to bedtime.
Hops is great for restlessness and promotes sleep. May be purchased as a tea and have one cup about thirty minutes prior to bedtime.
Chamomile relieves spasms and induces sleep. Have a cup of the tea prior to bedtime.
Wild lettuce can be taken in pill form. Works for restlessness and induces sleep.Sources:
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