Restless Leg Syndrome: The Rest of the Story
July 5, 2015
An uncontrollable urge to move your legs, particularly when you’re trying to relax or go to sleep? It’s called restless leg syndrome — or RLS — and it’s a neurological disorder and a sleep disorder. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast sleep medicine expert Dr. James Stocks answers questions about this vexing problem.
- Advancements have been made in the treatment of sleep disorders. Talk about why that's important to patient care.
- Most have heard about sleep apnea. But what is restless leg syndrome?
- If a person moves his or her legs during sleep, is that automatically a sign of restless leg syndrome?
- Do people know they have restless leg syndrome or, like sleep apnea, is it their sleeping partner who knows there's a problem.
- What causes restless leg syndrome?
- Who typically gets restless leg syndrome?
- How do you evaluate a patient you suspect of having restless leg syndrome?
- Is diagnosing restless leg syndrome important?
- If you have diagnosed someone with restless leg syndrome, what is the treatment?
- What about over-the-counter products that claim to treat restless leg syndrome?