Check Iron Levels
The Iron Connection
It is common for people who have this condition to also have low blood levels of iron. This is called anemia. There are many different kinds of anemia and underlying causes for low iron. Blood tests can help determine what kind of anemia is present as well as what may be causing it. Getting iron levels within a healthy range may help reduce RLS symptoms. While testing for blood iron levels is not a home remedy for RLS, it is a reminder that good communication with a health care professional can be beneficial in evaluating and treating the condition.
Tests for Iron Deficiency
Understanding the type and cause of low iron stores is the first step toward correcting the problem. Blood may be examined under the microscope to assess red blood cell size and color. Cells that are small (microcytic) and pale (hypochromic), as well as low levels of hemoglobin or ferritin suggest iron deficiency. Common causes of iron deficiency include menstruation and gastrointestinal bleeding. Once anemia is diagnosed, it can be treated. If the doctor recommends an iron supplement, take it with food rich in vitamin C or a glass of orange juice as these facilitate absorption of the mineral. Eating foods rich in heme iron is a great way to keep stores up. Beef, chicken, turkey, fish, organ meats, clams, and oysters are good sources of this.