“Over 70 million Americans suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness with 2 million of those being children. An estimated 10 million Americans remain undiagnosed.”
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Legs Syndrome is uncomfortable and difficult to describe condition. Usually, patients will experience strange sensations in their legs. Less often, the strange sensations will also occur in arms or other parts of the body. One of the main symptoms is an irresistible urge to move your legs or other parts of your body. The doctors at the Alabama Sleep Clinic can diagnose and treat this condition. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment today.
How do people describe Restless Leg Syndrome?
People have a variety of descriptions for this condition, including sensations of aching, pulling, crawling, creeping, tingling, restless, tired and like electrical shocks.
Why is Restless Legs Syndrome considered to be a sleep disorder?
Often, the strange sensations and urge to move your limbs make it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep.
When do the strange sensations occur?
Most people experience these strange sensations when they're inactive, especially for long periods of time. The sensations occur more frequently at night but may also occur during the day.
What relieves the sensations?
Massaging the affected area, warm baths and walking (if the legs are involved) may offer temporary relief.
What causes Restless Legs Syndrome?
Usually there is no identifiable cause, although the condition has been associated with diabetes and low iron.
Can the Alabama Sleep Clinic treat this condition?
Yes, treatments are available so you don't have to suffer from these symptoms, especially if they're affecting your quality of sleep or quality of life. If your doctor finds that you have low iron levels in your blood, iron supplements may help. Your doctor may also consider other treatments. Don't take iron supplements or any other medications for this syndrome without first consulting a doctor.
For more information, visit the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation at www.rls.org