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.
PLMD RESTLESS LEG. Plmd is repetitive twitchings or kicking usually q 20 -40 sec. Of lower extremities during sleep which patients are unaware of.In RLS there is acreeping or crawling sensation when reclining, followed by kicking, streching the extremities, so sleep problem follows.

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Can you get restless leg syndrome in other limbs or body parts than your legs?

Yes. Usually RLS starts in the legs but often migrates to other body parts after treatment is initiated. Arms are more often involved than the trunk. Read more...

Can restless leg syndrome cause symptoms in the upper extremities too (hands and arms)?

Restless legs. Yes, the syndrome can affect the upper extremities as well. Read more...
Restless legs/arms. Yes. It can occur in any limb in the body with an irresistible urge to move. It is made worse by alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. Good sleep habits can help reduce the symptoms. Cause is unknown but it does tend to occur in families. Read more...

How is periodic limb movement disorder (plmd) acquired?

Unknown. Mostly unknown but some genetic link is suspected in some patients. It can be associated with iron deficiency, renal failure etc. Read more...
Multifactorial. Many people have it, mostly unknown causes. It can result from medication side effects, benzodiazepine withdrawal, medical conditions such as parkinson's. Anything causing sleep disorders (stress, caffeine, nicotine, drug use, shift work etc) can bring on or worsen plmd. Read more...

My boyfriend seems to have periodic limb movement disorder. However, we don't have health insurance. Anything we can do?

Search online. Regardless of supreme court ruling, just b/c you don't have health insurance doesn't mean you can't get (good) health care. Search online for free health clinics, etc. Sorry for the self-advertising but this "no insurance" question has come up enough times that i put together a short page on my website pointing towards sites that offer free (or low cost) healthcare, medications & possibly tests. Read more...

Is there anything I can do if my husband has periodic limb movement disorder and I don't get any sleep?

Get out of his bed. Until he is treated effectively, i'm afraid you won't sleep much. Read more...
Sleep. Anything which helps regulate his sleep may improve the situation (avoid caffeine and more than one drink of alcohol after 3pm, regular sleep, avoid stress or shift work), as well as serotonin foods 30min prior to bedtime (dark chocolate, almonds, glass of milk, banana, dried cherries). A difficult problem to get in check for most. Read more...