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may i have an explanation of why someone gets restless leg syndrome and what the proper symptoms are?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Nobody knows cause: But it sometimes occurs secondary to other drugs, particularly drugs used to treat severe anxiety and bipolar disorder (like abilify, (aripiprazole) seroquel) and even sometimes with antihistamines. Iron and vitamin deficiencies can sometimes cause it or make it worse. The legs hurt and ache unless the person moves them, so they are moving them a lot at night, which interferes with getting proper rem sleep.
Dr. Hanul Bhandari
Sleep Medicine 13 years experience
RLS: It is a syndrome w/ symptoms of an urge to move the legs especially near bedtime, that improves w/ movement ; is worse @ rest. It typically has uneasy sensations. Besides its relation to low peripheral Dopamine levels ; some to genes, it is unclear why it occurs. Sometimes it may be secondary to other medical issues. It's recommended that you see a sleep medicine specialist to properly diagnose it.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What causes restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
A few things: To say the least, there are quite a few things that cause rls. First can be genetics especially if symptoms begin earlier than age 45. Other things iron deficiency, thyroid issues, b12/folate deficiencies. Also a lot of medications can cause. This is not to mention a number of other medical problems including diabetes, chronic pain issue and absorption problems that go with it.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Are there different forms of restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Felix Brizuela
Neurology 32 years experience
Not really: Restless leg syndrome, refers to a condition in which there is this feeling that you must move your legs. Traditionally, involuntary movements of the legs is not restless leg syndrome. However, there has been a trend by some authors to refer to restless leg syndrome as both.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What symptoms do people with restless leg syndrome have?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
URGE: The mneumonic is urge: u is for urge to move legs, r is rest makes symptom worse, g is for getting up moving makes symptoms better and e is for evening predominance. These features suggest rls.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What help is there for restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Look online: There is the RLS network online that has good resources. Also one of my favorite sites regaring RLS is www.Rlshelp.Org. Hope this helps.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How can you avoid restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Avoid triggers: If you have rls, avoid triggers both medically and medications. Avoid stimulants (nicotine, caffeine, etc) and if you have medical condition that makes it worse - treat it (i.e. Iron deficiency, thyroid problems, vit b/folate deficiencies).

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