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Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurologic sensorimotor disorder that is characterized by an overwhelming urge to move the legs when they are at rest. The urge to move the legs is usually, but not always, accompanied by unpleasant sensations. It is less common but possible to have RLS symptoms in the arms, face, torso, and genital region. RLS symptoms occur during inactivity and they are temporarily relieved by movement or pressure. Symptoms of RLS are most severe in the evening and nighttime hours and can profoundly disrupt a patient's sleep and daily life. RLS affects approximately 10% of adults in the U.S. Researchers believe that RLS is commonly unrecognized or misdiagnosed as insomnia or other neurological, muscular or orthopedic condition. RLS may also be confused with depression. According to the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation, approximately 40% of people with RLS complain of symptoms that would indicate depression if assessed without knowledge or consideration of a sle...
A study in the October 15, 2010 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that there was a greater risk and higher prevalence of restless legs syndrome in adults with fibromyalgia than in healthy controls. Study Methods and Results Researchers studied 172 people with fibromyalgia and 63 healthy controls. The results showed that the participants with fibromyalgia were 11 times more likely than controls to have restless legs syndrome (RLS) – 33% of those with FM had RLS as opposed to only 3.1% of the controls. Study authors concluded that because there is a higher prevalence and odds of RLS in those with FM compared to controls, clinicians should routinely query FM patients regarding RLS symptoms because treatment of RLS can potentially improve sleep and quality of life in these patients. My Comments... Since doctors often don't question FM patients to see if they have RLS, I think it's important to briefly review the symptoms and available treatments. RLS Sympt...
Restless legs syndrome or Ekbom Syndrome affects hundreds of people night after night, keeping them and their partners awake. It can even lead to sleep deprivation.
What are the symptoms of restless legs syndrome? The itching, burning sensation on the limbs and the endless need to move them as the sufferer tries to find a comfortable position in which to lie. Often it's necessary to get up and pace the floor, take a hot/cold bath, anything to get rid of the misery in the legs.
What causes restless legs? The cause is unknown, although recent research suggests that a single unknown gene causes many of the cases. It is known that RLS is hereditary, with some families having several members suffering from the disorder. RLS is associated with iron deficiency, disorders of the peripheral nerve (e.g. neuropathy) and various other movement disorders (such as Parkinson’s disease). However, the cause of RLS for most patients remains unknow...
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