Restless Leg Syndrome

It is estimated that Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) affects more than 12 million Americans

restless legs RLS is a neurological disorder that causes unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to move when at rest. The sensations range in severity from uncomfortable to irritating to painful. Lying down and trying to relax seems to activate the symptoms making it hard to fall asleep and stay sleeping.

Restless Leg Syndrome is more common in women then in men and while RLS can start at any age, it usually affects the middle-aged or older. The severity of the disorder appears to increase with age. Older patients experience symptoms more frequently and for longer periods of time.

The exact cause of restless legs syndrome is not known but there is evidence that it can be hereditary. People with genetic RLS tend to be younger when symptoms start and have a slower progression of the condition. While it is not yet known for sure, it is believed that people with low iron levels, anemia, kidney failure, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and peripheral neuropathy may be prone to RLS. Pregnant women may experience RLS, especially in their last trimester. Usually symptoms disappear within 4 weeks after delivery.

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It is also suggested medications-such as anti nausea drugs (prochlorperazine or metoclopramide), anti seizure drugs (phenytoin or droperidol), anti psychotic drugs (haloperidol or phenothiazine derivatives), and some cold and allergy medications-may aggravate symptoms. If you take any of these medications and suspect RLS you should speak to your doctor about changing your medication. Caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco have also been linked to RLS.

Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome

Uncomfortable sensations in the legs when sitting or lying down, accompanied by an irresistible urge to move about. These sensations usually occur deep inside the leg, between the knee and ankle; more rarely, they occur in the feet, thighs, arms, and hands
Because moving the legs (or other affected parts of the body) relieves the discomfort, people with RLS often keep their legs in motion to minimize or prevent the sensations. They may pace the floor, constantly move their legs while sitting, and toss and turn in bed.
Most people find the symptoms to be less noticeable during the day and more pronounced in the evening or at night, especially during the onset of sleep. For many people, the symptoms disappear by early morning, allowing for more refreshing sleep at that time.
Other triggering situations are periods of inactivity such as long car trips, sitting in a movie theater, long-distance flights, immobilization in a cast, or relaxation exercises.

Movement may bring temporary relief to those with RLS, but finding any possible underlying cause and treating the associated medical condition may be more effective at eliminating or reducing the symptoms of RLS. Since sleeping patterns are severely disrupted by RLS it is important not to ignore the symptoms. Irregular sleeping patterns can lead to Insomnia and extreme fatigue that may interfere with daily functioning.

Treatment is usually based on correcting the disorder that is causing Restless Legs. Often when the cause is not found, pain killers, sedatives or anticonvulsant are prescribed which can be addictive and have adverse side-effects.

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