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.
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
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.