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What is restless leg syndrome, and is it common in elderly?

What is restless leg syndrome, and is it common in elderly?

A nerve disorder-yes: It is a very difficult to treat disorder which causes large muscle groups to twitch spontaneously ... Usually the legs, usually at night. The difficulty is that the most effective medications are apt to cause tolerance to develop ... They are very helpful at first, but eventually the twitching returns with a vengeance. It is more common with increasing age, but it can affect even young people. ...Read more

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Restless Leg Syndrome (Definition)

A condition causing an uncontrollable urge ...Read more


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Is restless leg syndrome genetic?

Is restless leg syndrome genetic?

On occasion: But more often is sporadic without family history. May be related to problems with iron metabolism. ...Read more

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Is restless leg syndrome a symptom of altitude sickness?

Association: Restless leg syndrome(rls), legs have persistent&uncomfortable feeling like they must keep moving, is associated with falling asleep.At high altitude, indivs can experience feelings of restless legs, which might be related to the drop in oxygen pressure at high alt.Rls has been assoc with low iron levels, so its presence as a result of low oxygen p makes sense.Rls at hi alt not nec alt sickness. ...Read more

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Is it true that quick fatigue/cramping of a muscle in the leg compared to the other leg is a symptom of compartment syndrome?

Is it true that quick fatigue/cramping of a muscle in the leg compared to the other leg is a symptom of compartment syndrome?

Maybe: Exertional compartment syndrome is characterized by reproducible aching in calf often associated with foot tingling or numbness when exercising due to swelling of the muscle in the confined area the nerves and blood vessels go thru Measuring the pressure with a needle before and after exercise makes the diagnosis Surgery fixes it ...Read more

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Short leg syndrome | short leg proportional to other. Is it genetics?

Short leg syndrome | short leg proportional to other. Is it genetics?

Almost always not: Even if an entire leg is bigger, or half of the body or facial structures, we do not het know what courses them. Be sure to exclude unilateral congenital dislocation the hip. If the foot is bigger, there is a wonderful organization which matches mirror images of feet. If child A has a size 8 right foot and a size 7 left foot, they find child B with a size 8 left foot and a size 7 right foot. ...Read more

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Is restless leg syndrome considered a serious condition?

Is restless leg syndrome considered a serious condition?

Not life threatening: Considerable evidence suggests that RLS is related to dysfunction in the brain’s basal ganglia circuits that use the neurotransmitter dopamine. Individuals with parkinson’s disease, another disorder of the basal ganglia’s Dopamine pathways, often have rls. Other diagnoses assoc. With RLS include: certain meds, pregnancy, kidney failure, diabetes, and peripheral neuropathy. ...Read more

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Is restless leg syndrome the same condition as intermittent claudication?

Is restless leg syndrome the same condition as intermittent claudication?

No: Restless leg is an uncomfortable sensation in the legs, usually at rest; no exact cause is known although certain conditions are associated or increase risk. Intermittent claudication is discomfort or pain usually brought on by activity and relieved by rest; most commonly due to poor arterial blood flow (peripheral vascular disease). ...Read more

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What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

Depends on which : Factor. There are about a dozen clotting factors and any of those could be deficient. Some are serious others not so much. It is not feasible to provide specific suggestion from the information provided. ...Read more

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Is restless legs syndrome a muscle disorder or a problem of the nervous system?

Is restless legs syndrome a muscle disorder or a problem of the nervous system?

Not sure: I can't tell which but it can be due to low iron levels and it not this it responsed to Dopamine agonists like Requip (ropinirole) or sinemet implying a nervous system problem. Some people do better with anticonvulsant meds like Neurontin or Klonopin which may have some muscle relaxant effects. So it may have multiple causes. ...Read more

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Would restless leg syndrome be a muscle disorder or a disorder of the nervous system?

Would restless leg syndrome be a muscle disorder or a disorder of the nervous system?

Movement Disorder: Evidence shows that the disorder is related to problems with the dopaminergic circuits in the basal ganglia. The basal ganglia is intimately involved in the motor system and hence called the extrapyramidal system. ...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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Sleeps study shows a plms index of 68.5, plms arousal index of 5.8 and, a tlm index of 88.2; could this be an indicator of rls? Are this levels normal?

Sleeps study shows a plms index of 68.5, plms arousal index of 5.8 and, a tlm index of 88.2; could this be an indicator of rls? Are this levels normal?

RLS vs PLMD: Restless legs is not anything measured during a sleep study. It is a syndrome you feel when you're awake. We measure the periodic limb movements when you're asleep in the lab. These rarely fragment sleep and are usually not much of a clinical concern to the patient but more often they bother the bed partner. I wouldn't say your results are normal but they are of questionable significance. ...Read more

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Is it typical to check for compartment syndrome when a muscle hernia is found in the leg?

Is it typical to check for compartment syndrome when a muscle hernia is found in the leg?

Compartment syndrome: Compartment syndrome is typically an emergency, associated with trauma, fracture, pain and swelling in the limb. A pressure monitor device can be used to measure compartment pressures when in doubt. It required a needle inserted into your leg in several locations. Done in emergency room or hospital. ...Read more

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How common is an ANA 1:640 in centromere pattern? Is it common to have vascular symptoms of raynauds, digital ischemia and stenosis in toes and exercise-induced pH w/o developing skin thickening?

How common is an ANA 1:640 in centromere pattern?  Is it common to have vascular symptoms of raynauds, digital  ischemia and stenosis in toes and exercise-induced pH w/o developing skin thickening?

Somewhat: ANA in titers of 1:160 occur in up to 10 % of the population as does raynaud's, especially in smokers. However, digital ischemia is less common and more concerning as is the ph. You should definitely see a doctor for these if you are not already doing so. ...Read more

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