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Is restless leg syndrome a psychological problem or a sign of a physical ailment?

Is restless leg syndrome a psychological problem or a sign of a physical ailment?

Physical: The cause of restless leg syndrome is not completely understood, but we do know that iron and Dopamine can be involved. Psychological issues like anxiety can aggravate it. ...Read more

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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Restless Leg Syndrome (Definition)

Urge to move: irresistible, involves legs but may involve arms and trunk worse at rest relieved with movement (no symptoms during movement) but may recur once a person stops moving/walking worse in the ...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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Hi, I have really bad restless leg syndrome and I have problems with food, I binge. Would this be anything to do with low dopamine levels?

Hi, I have really bad restless leg syndrome and I have problems with food, I binge. Would this be anything to do with low dopamine levels?

Hard to say: There really isn't a test to determine if a person has abnormal Dopamine levels in the brain. The antidepressant medication buproprion can elevate Dopamine levels. You should see a psychiatrist and have an evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was given flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) for restless leg syndrome by my doctor. Will this help or will it just relieve the problem for a while?

I was given flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) for restless leg syndrome by my doctor. Will this help or will it just relieve the problem for a while?

It should help: I think flexaril should help. It's quite safe overall. It has no real bad long term effects. Ir's cheap, $4.00 at walmart. It's not addictive. It can help sleep. Other meds, like requip, (ropinirole) are very expensive and can cause impulsive behaviors. Be sure to stay in touch with the doctor who gave the prescription and good luck. ...Read more

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What's the best way to combat symptoms of restless leg syndrome? Is cure worse than disease?

What's the best way to combat symptoms of restless leg syndrome? Is cure worse than disease?

Sometimes: Sometimes the symptoms of RLS can be helped fairly easily by treating an easily identifiable underlying cause, like varicose veins or iron deficiency. Other times, the cause isn't readily apparent and some of the drugs that are tried then can cause a lot of side effects. Whether the cure is worse than the disease depends on how severe your RLS is and whether the treatment causes side effects. ...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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I want to know what is the difference between restless leg syndrome & pad--peripheral artery disease?

I want to know what is the difference between restless leg syndrome & pad--peripheral artery disease?

Great difference!: First, both can co-exist! however, blockage of the arteries in pad, is the cause of pain, usually brought on by extertion and much more rapid build up of lactic acid. Restless lef syndrome occurs without exertion, usually at night. Pad is associated with smoking, bad cholesterol profile, diabetes, and hypertension, while restless leg syndrome is independent of these vascular disease factors! ...Read more