Restless Legs Syndrome

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What is Restless Legs Syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder of the nervous system characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. This often feels like an itch, tingling, or creeping sensation in the legs that a person cannot find relief for.

RLS affects somewhere around 4% of children and 10% of adults in the United States. Without proper treatment, these symptoms can make everyday life a daunting task.

Ketamine Wellness Institute Jacksonville wants to help those with restless legs syndrome and its painful symptoms. We can help you find relief and get back control of your life. Contact us today to learn more.

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Genetics

Approximately 40% of individuals diagnosed with RLS have blood relatives who suffered from the condition, according to Harvard Health Publishing. If you have family members with RLS, this means that you yourself are more likely to develop this disorder in time. That said, genetics are not the only factor in play here.

Iron Deficiency

Another widely accepted theory about restless legs syndrome (RLS) is that it can be caused by low levels of iron. When you don’t have enough iron in your blood, your body may not produce the brain chemical dopamine which aids in controlling movement. This eventually leads to discomfort, involuntary movements, and difficulty falling asleep.

Other Causes

Other conditions that are suspected to play a part in the development of RLS include causes arthritis, allergies, depression, Parkinson’s disease, substance abuse, nerve damage, brain chemistry, kidney failure, multiple sclerosis (MP), pregnancy, iron deficiency anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.

The Science Behind IV Ketamine

How It Works

Ketamine has been used worldwide for decades both as a safe anesthetic and rapid pain reliever. Research in the last two decades indicates that ketamine, administered safely via a series of infusions, may relieve the symptoms of depression or other mental health conditions within hours. This is compared to the weeks or months oral antidepressants may take before relief is felt.

Researchers are still looking to determine the exact method of action with IV ketamine infusions. One theory proposes that it stimulates the regrowth of synapses – effectively “rewiring” the brain.

Another promising avenue of research into its effects indicates that it acts on glutamate, an important neurotransmitter that affects how synapses change and learn. This is called neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain to change and learn. This could explain ketamine’s strong effect on mood and pain disorders.

How IV Ketamine Can Help

The symptoms of RLS can be difficult to cope with during your everyday life, but with the right treatment, relief is possible. Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic and painkiller for half a century but is now a powerful treatment for chronic pain conditions like RLS.

By interacting with the NMDA receptor in the nervous system and other receptors, ketamine can affect the amounts of pain you experience. Additionally, ketamine is known to help treat several of the other side effects linked to RLS like depression or fatigue.

Take back control of your life with IV ketamine therapy. Contact us at Ketamine Wellness Institute Jacksonville today to learn more.

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