Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to move when at rest in an effort to relieve these feelings. RLS affects as many as 12 million Americans. More than 80 percent of people with RLS also experience a more common condition known as periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD).
Restless legs syndrome symptoms may include:
Periodic limb movement disorder symptoms may include:
The cause of restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder are unknown.
You are at a greater risk for restless legs syndrome if you:
Physicians may suggest a variety of medications to treat restless legs syndrome.
Unfortunately, no one drug is effective for those diagnosed with restless legs syndrome. What may be helpful to one individual may actually worsen symptoms for another. In addition, medications taken regularly may lose their effect, making it necessary to change medications periodically. Your physician will need to tailor your treatment and follow you closely to ensure your symptoms are under control.
Certain medications such as antinausea drugs, antiseizure drugs, antidepressant drugs, and caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco may induce or aggravate symptoms. Patients can talk with their physicians about the possibility of changing medications.
MemorialCare is proud to offer sleep studies and sleeping disorder treatments to provide relief to local residents of Long Beach and Orange County. Comprehensive evaluations of sleep disorders studies take place in our comfortable, private, hotel-like rooms. We have a wide variety of sleep studies.
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