The Restless Leg Syndrome is a disorder that causes an uncontrollable urge to move the legs; a condition that affects part of the patient’s nervous system. Restless Legs Syndrome affects about 10% of the U.S. population and can happen to both males and females. The age group which is affected severely by RLS is usually middle-aged or older. RLS is also known to affect young children. If the symptoms of this condition are mild, this health issue is often misdiagnosed or unrecognized.
Signs and symptoms
- Uncomfortable sensations in arms, legs or other parts of the body
- Irresistible urge to move one's legs
- Legs are constantly in motion to relieve discomfort
- Sleep disruption (lots of tossing and turning)
Note: these are just a few signs and symptoms provided for informational purposes. Do not attempt self-diagnosis based on this list.
Restless Legs Syndrome can be treated. A sleep study would be the diagnostic test to definitively diagnose RLS. Any underlying metabolic disturbance would need to be identified and treated as well. The care provided is usually geared towards easing symptoms. For starters, non-drug treatments include the use of vibrating pads, establishing good sleep habits, advice on taking hot baths, application of ice packs/heating pads to legs and opting leg massages. Drugs are also prescribed and they include anti-seizure drugs, narcotic pain relievers, benzodiazepines and more. Although there is no cure for RLS at this juncture, current treatments are sufficient at controlling the condition.
Northern Neurology Specialties, Dr. Jill Bressler – Experts You Can Trust for Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment
At Northern Neurology Specialties, Dr. Bressler treats this condition and, as part of your treatment plan, would seek the advice of a subspecialist Board Certified in sleep medicine (http://absm.org). Medical management of this condition is pretty strait forward and a patient’s response is usually very positive. If you have this condition or suspect you do, contact us so that we can provide a confirmed diagnosis and begin a treatment plan.