You’ve all seen the ads. You might have even heard about the charges of “disease mongering” that have been bandied about, specifically about this disorder. We are going to start covering the topic of restless legs syndrome (RLS). (By the way, disease mongering is when someone with a financial interest in a disease, like a pharmaceutical company with an effective medicine, publicizes a disorder with the sole intention of convincing people that they are sick and therefore in need of medical treatment.)
First, let’s talk about the medical aspects and then return to some of the controversy (in later blogs). RLS sufferers have a variety of unpleasant sensations that they describe, but often have a hard time putting a finger on exactly what they feel. The typical description is that there is an almost irresistible sensation that causes the sufferer to move their legs.
These unpleasant sensations are rarely described ...
Can you please tell me why my temples throb all the time,even without headache? jbw.
No, we really can't tell you why your temples throb. That requires diagnosis, which can only be done in person following a review of your history and a full examination. Sometimes, high blood pressure can cause a sensation of throbbing at the temples, but you really need to see your doctor about this .
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The following are some tips for coping with RLS: Don't hide your symptoms -- talk to your friends, family, and colleagues about RLS so they know what to expect Practice yoga, Pilates, or other stretching techniques regularly, preferably late in the day Arrange your schedule to be able to sleep when your symptoms are least pronounced Choose an aisle seat at the movies or on airplanes so that you are able to move around if necessary Plan travel hours when symptoms are least severe and allow times for breaks There are also a number of RLS support groups around the country and they can help you learn new information about how others cope with RLS. For a list of such groups, go to www.rls.org or www.rlshelp.org . Reviewed by Richard P. Allen, Ph.D.and Merrill M. Mitler, Ph.D. , May 2005.
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