The Cause of Restless Leg Syndrome May be Lurking in the Gut
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a condition that presents as an overwhelming urge to move the legs, especially at night and is therefore categorized as a sleep disorder. RLS can also cause tingling, pain or burning sensations in the legs. Sleep deprivation and fatigue often accompany RLS and can severely impact daily life. There is a correlation with RLS and SIBO, which is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. SIBO is often treated with a prescription antibiotic called Rifaximin in addition to dietary changes and supplements. A 2012 double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed that short term treatment with Rifaximin helped improve symptoms of RLS in patients who tested positive for SIBO.
Restless leg syndrome can be debilitating because it can cause anxiety, disrupt sleep and ultimately affect your quality of life. If you are affected by RLS, consider getting tested for SIBO at Arizona Natural Medicine. Our Naturopathic Physicians use an integrative approach to the treatment of RLS and SIBO.