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How can restless leg syndrome cause hypersomnia?

How can restless leg syndrome cause hypersomnia?

RLS: Rls can cause insomnia, or it can cause frequent minor waking up spells and non restorative sleep. ...Read more

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Do antidepressants cause restless leg syndrome?

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Do antidepressants cause restless leg syndrome?

Sometimes: Akisthesia (an inner restlessness that can manifest very much like restless legs syndrome) has been reported as a side effect of some antidepressants like prozac, Paxil (paroxetine) and tricyclic antidepressants. However, it is more commonly seen in patients that are on antipsychotic drugs like haldol. ...Read more

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Do antidepressants cause restless legs syndrome?

Do antidepressants cause restless legs syndrome?

Meds can trigger RLS: What "causes" RLS is uncertain. It may be related to genetics, deficiency of iron in the brain, hormonal changes, pregnancy, parkinson's disease. Medications like antidepressants, antipsychotics, cold and allergy medications can trigger or aggravate rls. Treatment with medication can help diminish symptoms. ...Read more

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Does potassium effect restless leg syndrome?

Does potassium effect restless leg syndrome?

Yes: Potassium will work w other minerals to help heal the cells that r not functioning to their potential because of inflammation. ...Read more

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Could restless leg syndrome cause knee problems?

Could restless leg syndrome cause knee problems?

See below: What do you mean by knee problems? Although restless legs syndrome (rls) occurs in the calves ; feet, it is not unheard of for it to extend into the knees or arms. But it has to meet criteria to be rls, such as an urge to move that is worse @ night ; feels uneasy or discomforting. It is better w/ mov't ; worse w/ rest. If you have other symptoms it maybe something else. Please see you pcp for eval. ...Read more

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What causes restless leg syndrome?

What causes restless leg syndrome?

See below: Maybe genetic, but more often is sporadic without family history. May be related to problems with iron metabolism. ...Read more

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What causes restless leg syndrome?

What causes restless leg syndrome?

NOT FULLY KNOWN: But do find some patients with disruption of iron stores, so, can check ferritin levels. We do find some problem with dopamine issues, and find success in using dopamine agonists, but another approach using Horizant, affects different brain chemicals. May be some genetic links in a few families, and association with a sleep disorder in some also found. ...Read more

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Does restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement often occur with fibromyalgia?

Does restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement often occur with fibromyalgia?

Yes: Restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement often occur with fibromyalgia. Since we do not understand the cause of these conditions we do not know why they occur together. The one area they have in common is abnormalities of nerve transmission. ...Read more

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Is RLS (restless legs syndrome) dangerous? Does it cause any other health issues gradually?

Is RLS (restless legs syndrome) dangerous?  Does it cause any other health issues gradually?

Underlying Causes: Restless leg is purely a nuisance, but it would be beneficial to get checked for underlying vascular disorders, as well as various mineral and electrolyte abnormalities that could alleviate your symptoms. ...Read more

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If rls(restless leg syndrome) do you have other sleep disturbances before rls?

If rls(restless leg syndrome) do you have other sleep disturbances before rls?

Sleep Disturbance: Though RLS is a disorder causing sleep disturbance. However, before diagnosing someone with RLS / sleep disturbance it is also important to evalute the patient for obstructive sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What can stop restless leg syndrome?

What can stop restless leg syndrome?

Few tricks: If the restless legs syndrome (rls) is secondary to another disease, first treat the disease. If it is primary rls, some women respond to iron replacement therapy, even if not anemic. Second, try avoiding caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol for a while as these make RLS worse. If those strategies do not work, the other options are prescription medications from your doctor. ...Read more

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Can't sleep because of restless leg syndrome--should I treat it or insomnia?

Can't sleep because of restless leg syndrome--should I treat it or insomnia?

Treat it: Restless leg can impair your sleep. Treat the restless leg. Don't just take sleeping pills because you will then just treating the symptoms and covering up the cause. ...Read more

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How common is restless leg syndrome?

How common is restless leg syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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Compare restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder (plmd)?

Compare restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder (plmd)?

PLMD vs RLS: Rls happens in evenings and can cause sleep problems but plmd happens only in sleep. Both can cause less efficient sleep at time - not always. ...Read more

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Can you get restless "back" syndrome instead of restless leg syndrome?

Can you get restless "back" syndrome instead of restless leg syndrome?

Yes: Any muscle in the body can become irritated or cramp. Often this is a magnesium deficiency as we are all terribly undernourished with it. Add magnesium glycinate (to avoid diarrhea) 200mg 2-3 times per day. Can also use a cal-mag powder to mix up and drink. Also think about adding l-theanine to your regimen 200mg 1-2 caps twice daily to help relax - it works well with the magnesium! ...Read more

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Does sleep deprivation cause extreme muscle weakness?

Be strong, get help: If you are running on empty, you need to recharge. A car won't run without fuel. You need to address the source of your sleeplessness. Sleep dysfunction has an impact on health. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine/issues/summer12/articles/summer12pg16.html sleep deprivation has been used as a form of torture, don't torture yourself, get help. ...Read more

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What does central sleep apnea syndrome mean?

What does central sleep apnea syndrome mean?

Central sleep apnea: It means that your brain is not sending the "you have to breath signal" to your chest and lungs. Your airways remain open in this case. You will need a special ventilator that breath for you when you don`t get the order. ...Read more

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Restless Leg Syndrome (Definition)

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