Read another article in the weekly parade magazine about Restless legs. Amazing the media play it is finally getting. It is about time. anyway, this article was by a Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld. He mentioned that there are 12 million men and women in the country with RLS, I think there are more than that, but it is still an astounding number. He said a lot of things I have felt strongly about for long time and it is nice to have them repeated again. Here is what he said.
“Experts don’t really know what causes RLS, and there is not a specific test to diagnose it. Researchers suspect that it may be due to an abnormal transmission of dopamine, a chemical messenger that helps to relay signals within the brain. Still, for those with the primary form, there are several ways to obtain relief, the first step is to modify your lifestyle: Avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco – they make matters worse. Exercise moderately and regularly. Take a hot bath before you retire – it can improve your chances for a good night’s sleep. Try using a heating pad on the affected limbs (although an ice pack works better for some people). A word of caution: Some anti-depressants, antipsychotic drugs, antinausea medications, antihistamines and cough remedies can aggravate the symptoms of RLS.”
He does go on to mention some drugs that can work, but I was grateful to hear him nix anti -depressants and antipsychotic drugs. Those drugs are becoming the scrouge of modern drugs. I believe they are causing more harm than good. More childhood suicides, more mental problems for people and more psycohotic behavior in those that take them. How can that be a good thing? Isn’t itÂ so much better to try natural helps, such as herbal remedies andÂ lifestyles changesÂ than trying to take the quick fix with drugs?