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Alternative Names Muscular dystrophy - limb-girdle type (LGMD) Symptoms Typically, the first sign is pelvic muscle weakness (difficulty standing from a sitting position without using the arms, difficulty climbing stairs). The weakness starts in childhood to young adulthood. Other symptoms include: Abnormal, sometimes waddling, walk Joints that are fixed in a contracted position (late in the disease) Large and muscular-looking calves (pseudohypertrophy), which are not actually strong Loss of muscle mass, thinning of certain body parts Low back pain Palpitations or passing-out spells Shoulder weakness Weakness of the muscles in the face (later in the disease) Weakness in the muscles of the lower legs, feet, lower arms, and hands (later in the disease) Signs and tests Blood creatine kinase levels DNA testing Echocardiogram or ECG Electromyogram (EMG) testing Muscle biopsy
RLS sufferer Cari Lendrum recommends: Try Cari’s “RLS Squats!” – To do this exercise, start off in a standing position and then bend your knees slightly so that you are in a squat. Rest your forearms on your thighs close to your knees, grasping your opposite wrist for stability if necessary. Maintaining that position, raise and lower your buttocks over and over until you get tired. Repeat the exercise as long as you can without feeling muscle strain or discomfort in the back or knees. Hopefully, this will alleviate your symptoms even if just for a short time. Do you have a strategy for coping with RLS? Share your story and/or advice by contacting Colleen Cancio at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Introduction Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is an unsettling and poorly understood movement disorder affecting 3 - 15% of the general population. RLS can affect both children and adults. Although effective treatments are available, the condition often remains undiagnosed. Symptoms of RLS. The core symptom of RLS is an irresistible urge to move the legs (medically known as akathisia ). Some people describe this symptom as a sense of unease and weariness in the lower leg, which is aggravated by rest and relieved by movement. Specific characteristics of RLS include: "Pulling, searing, drawing, tingling, bubbling, or crawling" beneath the skin, usually in the calf area, causing an irresistible urge to move the legs. These sensations can occur mostly in the lower legs, but they can sometimes affect the thighs, feet, and even the upper body. RLS-type symptoms may also occur in the arms. These may be the first symptoms of RLS in some people. About 80% of patients with RLS also have semi-rhythmic mo...
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