Restless Leg Syndrome (Willis-Ekbom Disease)
See us if you have any of these symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome:
- Irresistible urge to move
- Uncomfortable sensations in the legs (one or both legs) such as aching, throbbing, pulling, itching, crawling, or creeping. These sensations can also occur in the arms and head, but are mostly confined to the legs. Moving the legs relieves the discomfort, but it returns again when still or resting. In moderately severe cases, symptoms occur once or twice a week.
- Symptoms are amplified at night, followed by distinct symptom-free period in the early morning.
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Reduced work productivity and daytime function
- Exhaustion and daytime sleepiness
Restless Legs Syndrome causes unpleasant/uncomfortable sensations in the legs and an irresistible urge to move them. RLS is classified as a sleep disorder because symptoms are triggered by resting and attempting to sleep. It’s also classified as a movement disorder because movement is required to relieve symptoms. RLS can occur at many age, but most sufferers are middle-aged or older. The cause of RLS is unknown, though research suggests that genetics and low levels of iron in the brain may be responsible. There is not cure for RLS, but current treatments by qualified physicians can control the disorder, minimize symptoms, and increase periods of restful sleep.
- Lifestyle changes – avoiding or decreasing alcohol and tobacco, changing or maintaining a regular sleep pattern, moderate exercise, leg massages, warm baths, and heating pads or ice packs.
- Iron/Iron Supplements
- Anti-seizure drugs – the most common form of treatment for RLS
- Opiods – for more severe symptoms in people who did not respond well to other medications.
- Benzodiazepines – for more restful sleep
Do not attempt to diagnose or treat RLS on your own. The sleep specialists at PAR are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat RLS. Make an appointment with a PAR sleep specialist now.