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what is restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Leg movement: It is a syndrome whereby a person's leg either moves involuntarily or sometimes the leg moves because the person feels the need to move it as it is bothering them in some capacity...
Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
RLS : Rls should meet these criteria: 1- urge to move legs, also can affect arms. 2-moving the legs relieves that uncomfortable feeling for a short period of time. 3-should happen near bedtime. In severe cases even daytime. 4- it can cause insomnia and eventually daytime sleepiness.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
RLS: U get sensations in lower legs between the knees & ankles. There is discomfort unless u move your legs, mostly at night when lay down or in daytime when sit down , like creepy crawlers feelings, may last for @ an hour, & u feel the urge to move or walk. Symptoms worsen during stress & relieved by moving about. Can interfere with sleep.
Dr. Jerome Lisk
Neurology 23 years experience
What is RLS?: Restless Leg is a condition where you have an uncomfortable sensation (burning, crawling, cramping, aching, tingling, etc.) in you legs that cause an urgent/irresistible need to move your legs (walking, moving legs, messaging, rubbing, etc.). This movement usually occurs when going to bed and can progress to the daytime and sometimes to the arms. See a movement disorder neurologist for Treatment.
Dr. Hanul Bhandari
Sleep Medicine 13 years experience
RLS: If you have an urge to move your legs due to "creepy, "crawling, " uneasy discomfort, or aching feeling especially at night that gets better with movement and worse at rest then you may have restless legs syndrome (rls). Rls can be due to many secondary causes or be a syndrome on its own. It is best to seek advice of a sleep medicine specialist who can help make that diagnosis.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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See your family: Dr. Your family doctor should be well-equipped to treat you for restless leg syndrome. Am sure that he or she knows the standard protocol for the treatment of this condition. I also know how miserable the condition is so you would want to get in as soon as possible. Certain blood tests will need to be run to rule out other physical clauses and then medication will be prescribed. Best wishes.
Dr. Forshing Lui
Neurology 43 years experience
Restless leg syndrom: 1. Make sure you are not iron deficient. 2 Check your kidney function. 3. It may be helped by dompaminergic agents, benzodiazepines and even opioids.

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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 26-year-old member asked:

What eases restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Jimmy Lin
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Exercise,hot soakleg: Resless leg syndrome (rls) is considered a sleep disorder. Need to check out iron deficiency, peripheral neuropathies, renal function, and certain medications. If all negative, can try exercise and hot soak to both feet (10 minutes) before bed.Or rx medication for RLS are Mirapex & requip (ropinirole). Others like Klonopin and Neurontin help also.
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A 56-year-old female asked:

What can stop restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Nicole Craven
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Vitamin and Minerals: Often restless leg syndrome is due to various vitamin and mineral deficiencies. I recommend trying a good MVI (multivitamin) with minerals including magnesium and zinc. Also eat a good source of calcium but not with the mvi (multivitamin). And most importantly, vit d is essential.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How common is restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Ibrahim Busnaina
Psychiatry 16 years experience
B/n 3.9-5.5%: Here is a link on a study done on rls: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/12127170 rls is more common in women than men (hence the range). The stanford study found that alcohol and/or smoking use, as with night-shift working, increases risk of rls. They also said that with increased age RLS risk increases, and that sleep apnea and coffee consumption also contributed. They said more data was needed.
A 43-year-old male asked:

Treatment restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Medication approach: The classical approach is to use Dopamine agonists, such as requip, mirapex, and Neupro (rotigotine) patch, but prior use of l-dopa, and Clonazepam have helped. However, some pts may have abnormalities in iron metabolism, and if so, treatment of this problem may suffice.

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