Restless Leg Syndrome

Overview

This is a familial disorder that is characterized by an irresistible urge to kick the legs around. It is related, and may occur together with nocturnal myoclonus, which is an abrupt spasm of a group of muscles.

In this condition, patients may also experience sensations of crawling, creeping, prickling, burning, and itching. The involuntary myoclonus (PLMS - periodic limb movements in sleep), usually occur in the first half of the night during REM sleep, and occur as often as every 10-60 seconds, and as much as a hundred times/night.

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Symptoms

  • Crawling
  • Tingling
  • Cramping
  • Itchy
  • Aching
  • Burning
  • Uncomfortable
  • Symptoms worsen at night and make it hard to fall asleep

*This is not a complete list and if you are experiencing these symptoms it is not guaranteed you have Restless Leg Syndrome.

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Management Plan

These familial cases often respond to high doses of folic acid and B12. Secondly, an iron-deficiency anemia should be considered, where low ferritin levels are present. If this is discovered, management consists of iron supplementation. In addition, a shortage of Magnesium is often discovered therefore Magnesium supplements maybe recommended.

Many sufferers of this do not seek medical help due to the difficulty of describing symptoms. However, this syndrome is beginning to receive more attention from the medical community and symptoms may be relieved with the help of a doctor.

Overall, Dr. Allibone manages each case on an extremely individualized basis. We strongly believe in managing the root of the issue not just covering the symptoms. By using this specialized approach, the clinic can put patients on the path to optimal health.

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