RLS specialists share advice that they give patients about avoiding behavioral triggers that are known to set the disorder’s symptoms into motion
Patients who are kept awake at night with restless legs syndrome (RLS) are always on the lookout for ways to ease and prevent the worsening of their symptoms. Luckily, there are a number of tips and behavioral changes that providers can suggest to empower patients to manage their RLS symptoms at home.
1. Carry a List of Pharmacological Triggers
The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation has free resources on its website, including access to educational webinars, support group listings, and more. If a patient becomes a member ($35 annually in the United States or Canada), the foundation, among other benefits, provides a printed card that includes a comprehensive list of pharmaceutical triggers for RLS.
“So many doctors, like anesthesiologists, emergency room doctors, who are treating these patients love to use all these drugs, having no idea they are making the patient worse,” says Mark J. Buchfuhrer, MD, who runs the Restless Legs Syndrome Clinic at…