Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sleep disorder that is characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. It can cause an unsettling urge to move your leg at rest, which is relieved with movement, and leg twitching at night.

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I have restless legs and a tendency to sniff and lick my lips all the time. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Last month, I had restless legs constantly even while resting, I feel the need to sniff all the time and lick my lips as I am getting accused of taking drugs, and it is embarrassing. I also feel a lump in my throat so keep trying to clear it, I do try not to do it when people are aroun...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. From the description, it is almost impossible to delineate the exact cause for repeated sniffing and licking lips. To be frank the very symptoms can be part of anxiety, can be a side effect of antipsychotics such as Flupe...  Read Full »

Is It Tough To Overcome Benadryl Addiction And Get A Sound Sleep?

Query: Hi doctor, I am spending sleepless nights. I am struggling to fall asleep and often get disturbed by dreams. I feel restless legs throughout the night. The next morning when I wake up I feel fatigue. I am addicted to Benadryl to get sleep. But, I am trying to avoid it now. Please guide me for a s...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your complaints, it seems that you might have developed dependence on Benadryl. And it is quite possible that due to this dependence you might be having these symptoms. Benadryl is basically a Codeine-based cough syrup, which is an antitussive agent OTC (over...  Read Full »

After a weight loss surgery and drinking alcohol, I have numbness in my stomach and legs. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a female with a height of 5’6 feet and a weight of 205 lbs. I underwent weight loss surgery two years ago. I started binge drinking almost a year later. It started as numbness in my stomach for exactly four months, which eventually led to my legs and then my breast area, which led ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nene Devavrat Harihar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The feeling in your legs which is relieved by waking around, is very typical for RLS. These symptoms can also involve other body parts, as in your case. Maintain abstinence from alcohol. Alcohol use can exacerbate RLS, and so does Iron deficiency. Alcoholic neuropat...  Read Full »

How much vitamin D is required to treat fatigue, bone soreness, back pain, restless leg syndrome, muscle twitching, and brain fog?

Query: Hello doctor, My weight is 175 pounds, and my height is 5 feet 8 inches. I do not have any significant health issues. However, about a year ago, I started experiencing fatigue and was on multivitamins. The fatigue would keep recurring. I had my hormones checked and could not find any problem. A few...  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your vitamin D levels are not very low to have symptoms like restless leg syndrome (RLS). Low levels of iron and potassium can be the reason. I suggest you eat more fruits like bananas to help with restless leg syndrome. Also, RLS symptoms ...  Read Full »

What is the diagnosis for restlessness in legs with irritation and lack of sleep?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 30 years old. I am having a problem of restlessness in legs, fatigue, tiredness, irritation, confusion, lack of sleep or disturbed sleep. I am currently taknig Calcium tablets.  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to be suffering from restless leg syndrome (RLS). This, however, needs exclusion of other issues like thyroid disorder, iron and calcium deficiency as well. If all these investigations are normal, my recommendations for your treatment would be Pregabalin along ...  Read Full »

Can restless leg syndrome cause sleep disturbance?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 45 years old. I have been struggling with restless legs for years. I took Pexola at increasing dosages (1 mg) until last year. I then started to take Requip XL 2 mg twice daily as my RLS was giving me a hard time during day time as well. It worked very well, but now my legs are a...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from restless leg syndrome and insomnia. Restless leg syndrome causes an unpleasant or uncomfortable sensation in the legs and an irresistible urge to move them. In the majority of case...  Read Full »

How to cure insomnia with RLS?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 16-year-old girl. I have not done any meditations yet, as I am aware that I am still too young to have one. Still, I cannot let it pass this time as I am afraid I would not get the potential growth within me, not just physically but mentally, because I always had a rough day and unp...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You may have insomnia with RLS. The first thing avoid all caffeinated drinks and carbonated drinks. Eat banana or egg or drink milk before bed. It will provide plenty of tryptophan which leads to melatonin hormone production, and it leads to sleep. Take a warm water bat...  Read Full »

How to manage my restless leg during sleep?

Query: Hello doctor, I have restless leg syndrome due to which I am not able to sleep. No medication is taken. I am feeling very sick due to sleeplessness. Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Prakashkumar P Bhatt

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Insomnia due to restless leg syndrome is very common. But how did you diagnose restless leg syndrome? Have you consulted anyone? Kindly answer some questions. Are you suffering from any disorder like Parkinson's disease? Is the restlessness of leg increased during...  Read Full »

Why do I have heavy feeling in ankle and feet only at rest?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 34-year-old woman. I am healthy and never had any serious medical problems before. Last ten days I have a weird heavy feeling in my ankles and sometimes it goes to the top of both feet. It started in my calves and a couple of nights it went to my thighs and it felt like both my...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to So there are two possibilities, one is peripheral neuropathy and the second is restless leg syndrome. Now do you have access to any of those tests or atleast knows what all tests were performed? Are you having any medications for that? I guess, you do not have any ho...  Read Full »

How to help my restless leg syndrome, dissociation and nightmare along with depression?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old college student. I have been diagnosed with depression two years ago and I have been taking Sertraline ever since. My mental health is a mess right now. I think I have restless leg syndrome and I always have the urge to move my feet and legs especially when I am lyi...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your concern and it seems that you have an obsession and your restless leg can be due to iron deficiency or it may be due to Sertraline. So check out your hemoglobin, and complete blood count to rule out iron deficiency anemia. Restless leg can be...  Read Full »

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