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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)

A condition causing an uncontrollable urge ...Read more


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

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

Movement Disorder: Rls is classified as a movement disorder and we believe it arises primarily in the brain. Some people have secondary RLS associated with neuropathy, herniated discs. But the muscles of the legs are generally a "problem". If you have rls, consult with a physician to see if it truly is or a symptom of another problem. ...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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Could excessive masturbation be a sign of a mental or physical condition?

Could excessive masturbation be a sign of a mental or physical condition?

What's excessive?: It becomes excessive only when it consumes so much time that you miss other important aspects of life, or the imagery / act becomes obsessive. Only you can tell if your life is going off-course and this is an unwanted behavior unlike what your friends have. Talk with a few friends, your physician, and perhaps even a parent (!) and decide if it's interfering with a good life. ...Read more

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Is chronic fatigue syndrome be classified as a disability if it causes problems with a job?

Is chronic fatigue syndrome be classified as a disability if it causes problems with a job?

Possibly: It is very difficult to get disability based on this diagnosis because of the absence of objective findings on exam and confirmatory diagnostic tests. ...Read more

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Can a jumpy knee reflex be normal, or is always a symptom of spinal cord problems?

Can a jumpy knee reflex be normal, or is always a symptom of spinal cord problems?

Depends: If both knee reflexes and both ankle reflexes are "jumpy" it could be a thyroid condition. If only one knee is jumpy, it increases the chances that it is from some problem with the nerves from the spine. If you have a weird ache near the outside of your thigh, that increases the chance it is from the spine. Please get it tested more thoroughly. ...Read more

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Can leg cramps be a sign of a heart condition?

Can leg cramps be a sign of a heart condition?

Possibly, but: It is more likely to be potassium deficiency or other things. But you are right to be cautious and for a man in middle age "better safe than sorry" sounds right to me. So, see a doctor for a good cardiovascular checkup - it could be pad (peripheral artery disease) and an early treatment plan could save your life. Be well. ...Read more

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I get episodes of full body tremor. Is this a sign of a serious neurological problem? P.s I may have a type of dysautonomia.

I get episodes of full body tremor. Is this a sign of a serious neurological problem? P.s I may have a type of dysautonomia.

You need to be seen: Talk to either your parents or other person who can help you connect with a doctor to evaluate these episodes. Without more descriptions as to what's going on when you have these tremors it's hard to say how serious or not these episodes are. If you already have a doctor who regularly follows you then, call them and set up an appointment. ...Read more

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Is obesity a physical or could it be a mental illness?

Is obesity a physical or could it be a mental illness?

Obesity: Obesity could be a sign of low thyroid, high cortisol, other medical causes, it can also be a sign of emotional distress and overeating. ...Read more

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Which is more likely to cause a delay in teeth growth: health problem or is it a symptom of a psychological issue?

Which is more likely to cause a delay in teeth growth: health problem or is it a symptom of a psychological issue?

Genetics: Genetics play a very large part in the eruption pattern and timing of the transition between primary and secondary teeth. Since there is a wide range in this timing, what you might consider delayed may well be within normal limits. Discuss this with your dentist or the child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is there a disorder that causes a broken jaw/misalignment as a child and possibly other bone issues like hip dysplasia? A congenital issue?

Is there a disorder that causes a broken jaw/misalignment as a child and possibly other bone issues like hip dysplasia?  A congenital issue?

Maybe: There are some congenital bone diseases that cause weak bones, but you would typically know about such a disease soon after you are born. It is best to discuss this with your physician who is more familiar with the particular aspects of your medical history. ...Read more

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If someone has a paradoxical reaction to a benzodiazepine, is there usually some sort of underlying cause like a behavioral disorder?

If someone has a paradoxical reaction to a benzodiazepine, is there usually some sort of underlying cause like a behavioral disorder?

No: Like any other paradoxical reaction, it can just happen. It is seen more commonly in children and individuals with developmental delays, like autism or mental retardation, but it can really happen to anyone. It is like drinking alcohol: you can have a happy calm experience or a bad, angry experience. It depends on the individual and the situation. ...Read more

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Is this a serious illness or is hypochondria a symptom of post-partum depression?

Is this a serious illness or is hypochondria a symptom of post-partum depression?

"Hypochondria": Can be a symptom of any severe depression, particularly depression with anxiety. The depression and anxiety are serious illnesses! ...Read more

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Is addiction a physical disease or a psychological one?

Is addiction a physical disease or a psychological one?

Both: Addiction to any substance implies that the body has not only become physically habituated to it, but a behavior change has also happened. Rather than using the substance sporadically, now the person pursues the substance and continues using it despite overt harm to his/her own life, relationships, and career. Tolerance has developed, and the person needs more for same effect. ...Read more

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Is fibromyalgia a real condition or a name given to describe otherwise unexplainable symptoms.?

Is fibromyalgia a real condition or a name given to describe otherwise unexplainable symptoms.?

Neither: ? is whether fibromyalgia (FM) is real tissue disorder or merely label for collection of symptoms absent a known cause. Am. College Rheumatology says is real condition w. unknown cause. IMO, FM is a real tissue disorder (soft tissues) with objective findings via Osteopath-type exam of shoulder & pelvic girdles. The clinician should look for signs of sacroiliac joint & thoracic outlet disorders. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an ankle injuries or disorder?

What sort of problem is an ankle injuries or disorder?

Trauma: Trauma or injury can involve any part of the ankle mechanism, including skin , subcutaneous( fatty)tissue, nerves , tendons, ligaments and bones. Most non bone injuries heal reasonably well with immobilization with a splint, plaster cast or boot. X-rays show only bone fractures and if the fracture line is very thin or the two or more pieces of bone are not far apart, the xrays can be negative. ...Read more

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