Here is an excerpt from a New York Times article that supports the idea that inflammation is the primary cause of Restless Legs Syndrome.
“Although NSAIDs work well, long-term use can cause stomach problems, such as ulcers and bleeding, and possible heart problems. In April 2005, the Food and Drug Administration asked drug manufacturers of NSAIDs to include a warning label on their product that alerts users of an increased risk for heart-related problems and digestive tract bleeding.”
“Restless Leg Syndrome” New York Times Online (Dec. 12, 2009) health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/restless-leg-syndrome/medications.html Reviewed by: Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
The key words in the above excerpt are “NSAIDs work well” and “long-term use can cause problems.”
NSAIDs is an acronym for “Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs.” These are the pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories that Doctors prescribe.
What this excerpt is telling us is that Doctors treated RLS patients with anti-inflammatory drugs, and they worked well to lessen the patient’s inflammation and RLS. Unfortunately the dangerous side effects that NSAIDs create eliminate them as a viable remedy over an extended period of time.
NSAIDs are not an option because of their dangerous side effects. This isn’t a reason to ignore the obvious evidence that inflammation is a key component of RLS.
It’s an important clue that Doctors and Scientists seem to be skipping over, simply due to the fact that they don’t have an effective drug that deals with chronic inflammation.
Even though a proper diet and a few vitamins, minerals and herbs can quickly heal your inflammation (and RLS), the chances of your Doctor recommending any of these is zero.
Therein lies the problem.