There is a new found sense of awakening among Australians, to a better life. The prerequisites that conditioned the idea of a good life have profoundly changed. The health denotations, lifestyle signifiers and overall awareness of the body and the environment have superseded other concerns. As a result, more and more are becoming acquainted with health concern that were relatively unknown. The “Restless Leg Syndrome” may be one of them.
The syndrome, that affects senses and movement is characterized by the urge to move legs due to unexplainable sensations. The syndrome has been suspected to have been caused due to iron and dopamine deficiencies in the body. One in six Australians may be affected by it as per a study. Though not a widespread concern yet, it is a serious one for those affected by it.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) has very little scientific literature on it so far, may be one of the main reasons, no definite treatment can be prescribed for it. But case studies have shown that increasing intake of iron and dopamine, in some instances, to bring it to a balance, has worked. This sensorimotor disorder can lead to discomfort and pain in severe cases, making people restless according to specialist sleep physician David Cunnington of the Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre. Other symptoms include feeling pins and needles in the legs, heaviness, or even creepy-crawly sensations under the skin. The study has not revealed any fixed symptoms so diagnosing isn’t that cut and dry either.
People suffering from RLS, have sleepless nights, disrupted concentration patterns and disturbed routines. There is some evidence that cutting down caffeine, alcohol and nicotine can also reduce restless legs symptoms. Prescribed treatments vary as much as the symptoms, where each patient needs a very individualistic approach, but the knowledge of the same in the healthcare and medical community is extremely negative. More and more physicians should be made aware so better treatment platforms emerge in Australia.