“Sciatica” is an old world term that refers to leg pain felt down the back of the thigh into the calf and foot. What about thigh pain? What about buttock pain? Unfortunately, “sciatica” has been wrongly applied to all types and locations of leg pain. In 1948, the use of the word “sciatica” was declared “unhelpful” by a leading orthopedic specialist because it is limited to a certain location and really does not address the origin of the pain. Over the years, many older medical terms like sciatica have become archaic as the newer research technologies give doctors clearer definitions and a better understanding of the human body. Leg pain that comes from the low back is most accurately categorized as referred pain or neurogenic pain. These terms apply to all locations and address the origin of the pain. With these newer terms, the antiquated word, “sciatica”, has no place in the modern world. Sally has been waking up with right ...
Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also known as Ekbom’s syndrome, refers to an unpleasant feeling in the legs that typically occurs in the evening, primarily when an individual is at rest. These sensations compel the person to move their legs to get relief, only to have the symptoms recur. These difficult to describe sensations in the legs are experienced as “tingling”, “ itching ”, “creeping crawling”, and are occasionally painful. Infrequently, RLS symptoms occur in the face and arms. About 10 percent of people between the ages of 30 and 79 have restless leg syndrome (RLS) at least five times per month. RLS affects individuals of all ages, with a more common occurrence in women. Its prevalence tends to increase with age and it appears to be occur more commonly in people of European and North American background. People with RLS have difficulty falling and staying asleep and suffer from chronic sleep deprivation, which can lead to fatigue , depression
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common and sometimes
devastating condition. I see it quite frequently
in many of my chronic pain patients. In
fact, it contributes to quite a bit of chronic pain, because of the difficulty
it causes in terms of getting a good night's rest, and because it in and of
itself can be rather painful. And there
are diseases associated with chronic pain which can result in so-called
Restless Leg Syndrome is a nighttime condition that has a huge impact on
daytime functioning for those afflicted.
The diagnosis of RLS is mostly arrived at through interviews
with the patient, and basically involves four important features:
is a compelling need to move, usually associated with unpleasant
sensations in the legs, which have been described variously as painful,
electric or "creepy-crawly."
sensations of RLS are worse or exclusively present at rest.
sensations are at least partial...
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