Doctor Terentyeva: Restless legs syndrome is often mistaken for night cramps

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Therapist Yekaterina Terentyeva: restless legs syndrome that occurs at night can be associated with iron deficiency.

Doctor Terentyeva said in an interview that for Night cramps are often mistaken for restless leg syndrome by people.

“A condition often mistaken for cramps is restless leg syndrome, in which discomfort, tingling or twitching is felt at night with a constant need to move the legs to relieve unpleasant symptoms” , – the doctor shared with Gazeta.Ru.
The specialist added that iron deficiency often contributes to the development of this condition.

“In such cases, it is recommended to pass a screening test for ferritin levels,” explained doctor Ekaterina Terentyeva.
In cases of real night cramps, their cause may be a deficiency in the body of magnesium, calcium, potassium, or a lack of B vitamins. The expert noted that such muscle spasms that occur at night often haunt people who are subjected to physical or mental overstrain, stress, insomnia< br>
What to do if a cramp occurs? The doctor advised to warm the muscle by rubbing the affected area. With a cramp in the lower leg, you need to bend the foot, pulling it towards you as much as possible.

“If the cramps are repeated, spread to several parts of the body or are accompanied by any other symptoms, consult a doctor immediately,” the expert suggested.
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Important! The information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. Seek medical attention at the first sign of illness.

Ekaterina Terentyeva Ekaterina Terentyeva Health therapist