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What is restless leg syndrome?

What is restless leg syndrome?

Leg movement: It is a syndrome whereby a person's leg either moves involuntarily or sometimes the leg moves because the person feels the need to move it as it is bothering them in some capacity... ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Restless Legs Syndrome (Definition)

Restless leg syndrome is a disorder in which there is an urge or need to move the legs ...Read more


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Is restless leg syndrome a symptom of altitude sickness?

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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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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What is restless leg syndrome? What are some symtons of restless legs syndrome and what cause it?

What is restless leg syndrome? What are some symtons of restless legs syndrome and what cause it?

Rapid leg movements: When asleep. Most people with the disorder do not know they have it, unless their bed partner complains of being kicked all night. Some soreness and aching in leg muscles may be present, but in my experience most patients only know they have it because they experience excessive sleepiness during the day. It interferes with normal and esp rem sleep. It is sometimes caused by iron deficiency. ...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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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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How is restless leg syndrome diagnosed?

How is restless leg syndrome diagnosed?

Underlying Causes: Rule out underlying causes that may be able to be treated such as mineral deficiencies (iron, folate, (folic acid) magnesium), venous insufficiency, or various immune deficiencies. Start with blood work and a venous ultrasound by a vascular surgeon. Review medications for side effects . If no underlying cause is identified, get daily exercise and cut back on smoking a and or drinking, if applicable. ...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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What is restless foot syndrome?

What is restless foot syndrome?

Restless foot: This is a feeling of discomfort and a compulsion to move the foot. It is usually caused by neurotransmitter imbalance that causes nerve and muscle irritation. It is disturbing to sleep cycles and can affect normal foot function. ...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?

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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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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What eases restless leg syndrome?

What eases restless leg syndrome?

Multiple: Dopamine agonists work best and include ropinorole, pramipexole, the new Neupro (rotigotine) patch. More traditional meds have included l-dopa, and clonazepam. If you have anemia or kidney disease, better treatment of these conditions may work. Check serum ferritin as some folks may have issues with iron metabolism. Rls is occasionally associated with ms>. ...Read more

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Does restless leg syndrome cause a charlie horse in calf?

Does restless leg syndrome cause a charlie horse in calf?

No: Cramping or charlie horses in the calf are generally not part of restless leg syndrome. I would recommend that you see your doctor for further workup and treatment of what could be causing the cramping especially electrolyte disturbances. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of restless leg syndrome?

What are the symptoms of restless leg syndrome?

Several.: Usually involuntary movement, ocaasional "jerky, " witt in bed.H/or accompained by unpleasant feeling and cramps in the legs, particularly while recumbent at night. Magnesium, calcium, and potassium are non-medicinal aids. Iron deficiency must be excluded, as well. See someone in neurology or rheumatology if your pcp faily to help. ...Read more

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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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What are possible causes of restless leg syndrome?

Often not clear: Some patients have low iron levels and those that do can have symptom relief when iron is supplemented. There is a genetic component to restless legs syndrome as it often runs in families. Many patients don't have an underlying cause. ...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