Tips for Handling RLS

FEBRUARY 01, 2005

Individuals with restless leg syndrome (RLS) often experience tingling, burning, and aching sensations in their legs. Oftentimes the symptoms appear just as individuals are falling asleep, causing them to get out of bed and walk around to get relief.

A recent Mayo Health Clinic Letter offers the following suggestions to help cope with the disorder:

  • Take nonprescription pain relievers
  • Soak in a warm bath
  • Massage the legs
  • Learn to relax, especially before going to bed
  • Try heat or cold packs, or alternate between the 2


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