I know it affects the legs and the feet. In my case, especially feet. But, there is ''another area'', if you know what i mean that is extremely irritated at the same time. I am a female. Infact, it sometimes is worse than the legs. It's been this way as long as i can remember. Are there tests they do to make sure it's RLS?
The following describes the criteria used for diagnosing RLS:
Doctors diagnose RLS by listening to your description of your symptoms and by interviewing you about your medical history. In order to be diagnosed with RLS, you must meet four criteria established by the International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group:
You have a strong, often irresistible urge to move your legs, usually accompanied by uncomfortable sensations. These sensations are typically described as crawling, creeping, cramping, tingling, pulling, tugging or itching.
Your symptoms start or get worse when you're resting, such as sitting or lying down.
Your symptoms are partially or temporarily relieved by activity, such as walking or stretching, for as long as you keep moving.
Your symptoms are worse at night.
Blood tests or muscle or nerve studies may be ordered to exclude other possible causes for your symptoms.
In addition, your doctor may refer you to a sleep specialist for additional evaluation. This may require that you stay overnight at a sleep clinic, where doctors can study your sleep habits closely and check for leg twitching (periodic limb movements) during sleep — a possible sign of RLS. However, a diagnosis of RLS usually doesn't require a sleep study.
Based on the above criteria, your symtpoms seem to be a bit more extensive and may be associated with some other movement disorder or neuropathy.
I would have it evaluated by your doctor and get him to determine the best avenue for receiving relief.
Hi Linda. My husband, step-son & sister-in-law all have restless legs syndrome. When my hubby & his sister were children & experienced this, they were told it was "growing pains". So, you can see, they've both suffered with it for many years (40+). Sometimes other parts of the body can be affected. Both my hubby & his son also have the same symptoms bothering their arms, however, infrequently. My hubby takes a combination of Lyrica (300 mg.) & Pramipexole (0.50 mg.-0.75 mg.) nightly.
My husband's being scheduled for a sleep evaluation for RLS. In Canada, a specialized neurologist can refer you to a sleep centre.
All the best to you, Linda! I hope your health improves soon! from Wendy :)
YES, I know exactly what you mean, nice to know I'm not alone :) I also get it in my arms, stomach, everywhere. They can do a sleep study but with RLS you're not sleeping so it's normally diagnosed by symptoms. It's such a unique disorder that I don't know of anything else that mimics it???
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