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Treating Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome may make your legs feel twitchy — like you need to get up and move around. It can make sleeping particularly difficult and lead to daytime drowsiness and sleep deprivation.

Doctors do not know what causes restless legs syndrome. For some people, it may be genetic, and for others, it can be tied to conditions such as pregnancy, peripheral neuropathy, iron deficiency and kidney failure.

W. Keith Graham, MD, D-ABSM
W. Keith Graham, MD, D-ABSM

“If you have restless legs syndrome there are medications and therapies you can try to relieve your symptoms,” says W. Keith Graham, MD, D-ABSM, pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Some of the most successful medications are specific for this disorder and others are drugs that have been used for Parkinson’s disease. These drugs calm your legs by affecting the amount of dopamine in your brain.”

Relaxation techniques, baths and massages can also help relieve symptoms. For more information, call 573-331-3000.

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