Ketamine for Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless leg syndrome is a condition that gives an uncontrollable urge to move one’s legs, often because staying stationary brings about an uncomfortable sensation. This feeling can last hours or even days and can occur while standing, sitting, or lying down.
How Does Ketamine Help with Restless Leg Syndrome?
Scientists believe that the main cause of Restless Leg Syndrome is an overactivity of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. Ketamine works by attaching to the NMDA receptor and blocking it from being activated by glutamate, a neurotransmitter. Thus, ketamine aids in decreasing the overall activity of NMDA, which in turn reduces symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome.
How Bad Does Restless Leg Syndrome Hurt?
The severity of RLS symptoms ranges from mild to intolerable. Symptoms can come and go and severity can also vary. The symptoms are generally worse in the evening and at night. For some people, symptoms may cause severe nightly sleep disruption that can significantly impair their quality of life. RLS prevalence is higher in women than in men and the symptoms of anxiety and depression have been consistently associated with RLS.
As a result of the sensory-motor component within the central and peripheral nervous systems with RLS, and associated symptoms with depression and anxiety, treatment with intravenous ketamine has shown tremendous symptom relief and success for patients.
If you are tired of the sleepless nights tossing and turning, contact Southern California Infusion Therapy and schedule your free consultation and find out if Ketamine Treatment for RLS is a good choice for you.
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