One of the things that I seemed to have inherited from my mom was a tendency to have bad foot and leg cramps in the middle of the night. For several years, I found myself regularly waking up with my foot and leg muscles clenched, making it impossible to find any comfort. If I was lucky, I would wake up soon enough to feel the beginning of the cramp start in my toes, thus enabling me to work on it before it became a full-fledged rock-solid, muscle-burning cramp that took over the whole extremity. However, in the past few years, my night leg cramps have seemed to come around less often and they’re less severe. So what are these muscle cramps? How can you limit them? And what do you do if you have a leg cramp? “A muscle cramp is a sudden, uncontrolled contraction of a muscle,” wrote Dr. Jonathan Cluett on About.com. “Leg cramps occur when the muscle suddenly and forcefully contra...
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...
<p><strong>What Is Restless Legs Syndrome?</strong></p>
<p>Restless legs syndrome is a neurological disorder whose primary feature is an irresistible urge to move the legs when the individual is at rest, referred to as focal akathisia. The sensation is worse at night. Relief from the sensation is almost immediate when the individual moves the legs or walks around. However, if the individual stops moving or walking, the sensation may return. The sensation will usually lead to insomnia. The bed partner may notice periodic or rhythmic movements of the legs when the individual is asleep.</p>
<p>Restless legs syndrome affects 4% to 29% of the general population. Although the syndrome can occur in all age groups, its incidence seems to increase with age. The condition, though unpleasant and annoying, is not a major health risk, nor is it an early warning sign of a more serious neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease.</p>
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