i would like to welcome you in here. Today we have an important post about "Restless leg syndrome" which is a common syndrome over the world.
What is Restless leg syndrome ?
It is a condition where you feel uncomfortable during sitting or lying down. You feel like getting up and starting to move around, which will cause a temporary relief to the unpleasant sensation.
It is a neurological movement disorder which is accompanied with an uncomfortable sensation in the limbs and an urge to move them when at rest.
You should know about it because it is unrecognised and under-diagnosed by many doctors. Besides it can be incorrectly labelled as anxiety.
Many patients will describe the uncomfortable sensation as one of the following:
Pulling, Creepy, Aching, Burning, Crawling, Tingling, Painful, Cramping, Itchy
The diagnosis of Restless leg syndrome is made when the following criteria are present:
1. Urge to move the legs
2. Temporary relief with movement
3. Onset or worsening of symptoms at rest or inactivity
4. Worsening or onset of symptoms in the evening and at night
Now a question will come up:
What causes Restless leg syndrome ?
This type occurs at any early age and there no underlying cause has been identified
This type means that the syndrome developed secondary to an existing condition like:
- iron deficiency
- end stage renal disease
- peripheral neuropathy
- diabetes mellitus
Does restless leg syndrome affect our daily life ?
Yes it does, because it will lead to poor sleep, inability to relax, poor concentration, depression
Who is more likely to get restless leg syndrome ?
Women tend to be more likely to be affected than men. Besides the advanced age is another risk factor
How is this syndrome treated ?
There are pharmacological and non-pharmacological measures.
Non-pharmacological: Preventive and symptom control
1. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, nicotine
2. Avoid medications that may aggravate this syndrome as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, anti-histaminics, anti-emetics and calcium channel blockers
3. Be active at evening
4. Good sleep hygiene
1. Walking and stretching
3. Mental alerting activities
Pharmacologically, drugs used in this syndrome are:
2. Dopamine agonist
3. Dopaminergic agonist
This is an interesting syndrome and i think researches will show up a lot of information about this syndrome in terms of the causes and more better ways to treat it.
Last and not least, i would like to thank our facebook member, Linda, who suggested this topic to be posted today.
Thank you all for reading this and i hope you benefited from it.