Restless Leg Syndrome
Ever wonder why they call it “kicking” a heroin or Roxy addiction? It’s because of a really common symptom of opioid withdrawal known as restless leg syndrome. When you have restless leg syndrome, you usually have to literally kick your legs to relieve the tingling feeling.
Restless Leg Syndrome: What is it?
Restless leg syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes you to have urges to move your body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. It most commonly affects the legs, but it can affect the arms, torso, head, and back. Moving the body temporarily relieved the sensations.
The sensations can feel like itchiness, cramping, numbness, aching, burning, or tugging. They can last for up to an hour or more. The feelings are usually worse when you try to lie down or relax.
Restless Leg Syndrome: The dangers
Dealing with restless leg syndrome can have an impact on your life. If you can’t sleep because of restless leg syndrome, it can impact your ability to function the next day. Insomnia can also suck much of the enjoyment out of life. Your mental and physical well-being can be compromised. This is especially dangerous for people who are trying to quit a Roxy addiction.
Dealing with restless leg syndrome can cause feelings of exhaustion and depression. It isn’t in and of itself a life-threatening condition, but it can take a toll on mental and physical faculties.
Restless Leg Syndrome: Causes
Restless leg syndrome can be caused by a number of conditions including:
– Benzodiazepine and opiate withdrawal
– Peripheral neuropathy which can occur in people who have chronically abused alcohol and have nutritional deficiencies as a result
– Parkinson’s disease
– Iron deficiency
– Chronic kidney disease
– Side effect of medications including some anticonvulsants and antipsychotics
Restless Leg Syndrome: Treatment
Unfortunately, there is no cure for restless leg syndrome. However, there are some things you can do to relieve your symptoms. First and foremost, if you are experiencing restless leg syndrome, consult a doctor. They will be able to rule out any underlying medical conditions that could be causing the condition. If there is no underlying cause or if it is caused by withdrawal or medication, here are some things you can do to help:
– Find ways to manage stressful situations, because stress tends to exacerbate the symptoms of restless leg syndrome.
– Relaxation techniques such as meditation can ease the symptoms.
– Warm baths can give you some relief from restless leg syndrome.
– Taking a multivitamin can help.
– Exercise has been shown to help a person struggling with restless leg syndrome.
Restless Leg Syndrome: Addiction Recovery
If a person is experiencing restless leg syndrome as a result of drug or alcohol withdrawal, the condition will usually resolve itself. If it doesn’t, this usually means that something else is going on, and you should consult a doctor. Once the dopamine levels in the brain readjust, the symptoms of restless leg syndrome should dissipate. In the meantime, you can reduce the symptoms of restless leg syndrome by exercising and taking a nutritional supplement.