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Restless Leg Syndrome Specialist

MM Jersey City Breathing Center

Internal Medicine & Pulmonology located in Jersey City, NJ

The symptoms of restless leg syndrome affect as much as 10% of the United States population. To reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms, the board-certified doctors at MM Jersey City Breathing Center offer on-site diagnostics and customized treatments. Whether you need help making lifestyle changes or require medications to ease your symptoms, you can find relief for restless leg syndrome today. Call one of the three convenient locations in Jersey City, New Jersey, today.

Restless Leg Syndrome Q & A

What is restless leg syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a medical condition that triggers an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, especially at night when you’re lying down. This urge is often your body’s reaction to uncomfortable sensations in your legs, which are temporarily relieved by the leg movement.

Typically, restless leg syndrome has no direct cause but there may be certain factors that increase your risk for developing the condition, such as:

  • Age
  • Pregnancy
  • Family history
  • Brain chemical imbalance

For some with restless leg syndrome, symptoms are mild. However, if you have symptoms that are serious enough to disrupt your life, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at MM Jersey City Breathing Center as soon as possible.

What are the symptoms of restless leg syndrome?

The hallmark symptom of restless leg syndrome is the urge to move your legs. This movement generally provides you with immediate relief of uncomfortable sensations in your legs, such as:

  • Aching
  • Itching
  • Throbbing
  • Electric jolts

You may also experience sensations that something is crawling up your legs. These sensations can come and go, often becoming more frequent as you get older.

Symptoms of restless leg syndrome are most common at night and can become severe enough to interfere with your quality of sleep, leading to other health conditions, like insomnia.

How is restless leg syndrome treated?

In many cases, the MM Jersey City Breathing Center medical team can diagnose restless leg syndrome through a review of your symptoms and a physical exam.

Treatments for restless leg syndrome depend on the severity of your symptoms. The MM Jersey City Breathing Center physicians customize your treatment to minimize symptoms and protect your overall health.

In many cases, medications that influence chemicals in your brain may be right for you if you have moderate to severe symptoms of restless leg syndrome. You may also benefit from medications that relax your muscles or that help you sleep better at night.

Your MM Jersey City Breathing Center provider also works with you on lifestyle modifications that can ease symptoms of restless leg syndrome, such as:

  • Limiting caffeine
  • Getting daily exercise
  • Taking warm, relaxing baths
  • Using heat or ice therapy on the legs

You may also find relief of restless leg syndrome symptoms by scheduling regular therapeutic massages.

You don’t have to live with disrupted sleep or the discomfort of restless leg syndrome. Schedule an evaluation at the nearest MM Jersey City Breathing Center office by phone.