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Does Abilify Work For Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic with a unique mechanism of action. As with most atypical agents it is probably prescribed more often for mood disorders than psychotic disorders (like schizophrenia). It's associated with fewer movement side effects (eps) than the typical antipsychotics. It's unique mechanism of action is that it both stimulates ...Read more
My boyfriend seems to have periodic limb movement disorder. However, we don't have health insurance. Anything we can do?
Search online: Regardless of supreme court ruling, just b/c you don't have health insurance doesn't mean you can't get (good) health care. Search online for free health clinics, etc. Sorry for the self-advertising but this "no insurance" question has come up enough times that i put together a short page on my website pointing towards sites that offer free (or low cost) healthcare, medications & possibly tests. ...Read more
Is there anything I can do if my husband has periodic limb movement disorder and I don't get any sleep?
Sleep: Anything which helps regulate his sleep may improve the situation (avoid caffeine and more than one drink of alcohol after 3pm, regular sleep, avoid stress or shift work), as well as serotonin foods 30min prior to bedtime (dark chocolate, almonds, glass of milk, banana, dried cherries). A difficult problem to get in check for most. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One sleep study said 237 limb movements and the next said 1/hr. One dr says periodic limb movement disorder other says nothing is wrong. What do I do?
Not the same thing: Not every limb movement correlates with limb movement disorder. The diagnostic features of plms are complex, with an average interval of 20-40 sec., lasting 0.5 to 10 sec. And as a part of 4 consecutive movements at least 8 MCV in EMG amplitude increase above the baseline. These occur during nrem sleep. Only such movements are significant. There are many movements; few count towards illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PLMD: Periodic limb movement disorder is a sleep disorder caused by low iron stores in the body caracterized by low serum ferritin. Plmd can lead to frquent awakening during sleep and also can cause sleep maintaince insomnia. Plmd is the second common sleep disorder in children and can lead to parasomnias like sleep waking or/and night terrors. The only way to diagnose plmd is the sleep study. ...Read more
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