Restless Legs Syndrome
What You Need to Know
- What Is Restless Legs Syndrome?
- Causes of Restless Legs Syndrome
- Why Restless Legs Syndrome Disrupts Sleep
RLS seems to be caused, in part, by a shortage of dopamine in the brain, so physicians often prescribe dopamine agonists such as ropinirole (Requip) and pramipexole (Mirapex) to relieve symptoms quickly and effectively. Although the medications are not without side effects, many patients can take them for years and experience significant improvement. Read More
Here was a list of funny-sounding symptoms and a new prescription drug, yet no diagnostic test to document the condition's existence. RLS joined a growing family of disorders (including fibromyalgia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) that are in debate, while patients fought to be taken seriously. Read More
A: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is known to run in families and there's something called early onset RLS, which is when the symptoms manifest before age 40. If you developed RLS early on, it's more likely to have a hereditary component. Even if you didn't develop RLS until later in life, it's still likely that your daughter could have it too. Unfortunately people who get RLS when they're young typically see it get worse as they age. Read More
"You just want to cut your legs off"
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Sufferers may not tell their doctors
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"It wakes me like a door slamming"
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Medication will help some patients
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