Cara: Our al­ter­na­tive health guru

Cara Spirit guide is a nat­u­ral healer and as­cended reiki mas­ter. Each month, she takes an al­ter­na­tive look at a health prob­lem.

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Can’t stop mov­ing! Dear Cara

Isuf­fer from rest­less leg syn­drome and it’s a night­mare. I strug­gle to get to sleep, fid­get my way through meet­ings, and long car or plane jour­neys are tor­ture. Is there any­thing you can rec­om­mend to help re­lieve my symp­toms? Annabel, 50, Red­car, North York­shire

Dear Annabel

Stud­ies show that as many as 15% of Brits are af­fected by this hor­ri­ble con­di­tion that can also cause an un­pleas­ant crawl­ing sen­sa­tion in the feet, calves and thighs.

It’s not life-threat­en­ing, but it’s very dis­rup­tive to sleep, which in turn can trig­ger anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion. Neu­rol­o­gists be­lieve the symp­toms of RLS may have some­thing to do with the way the body han­dles the chem­i­cal dopamine, which is in­volved in con­trol­ling mus­cle move­ment. In some cases, there are un­der­ly­ing health causes such as anaemia or kid­ney fail­ure, so it’s es­sen­tial to get checked out by your GP, if you haven’t done so al­ready.

Un­der­ly­ing con­di­tions in­clud­ing di­a­betes, hy­per­ten­sion and arthri­tis can ex­ac­er­bate the con­di­tion, as can an­tide­pres­sants, an­ti­his­tamines or anti-nau­sea drugs.

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