Periodic limb movement disorder is also called PLMD and it is a kind of problem that usually happens when you sleep. In this disorder, there are not real symptoms but one does experience repetitive cramping or jerking while asleep. It is also called as periodic leg (or limb) because the movements happen during sleep. Causes of the same range from iron deficiency to diabetes.
HOW IS PERIODIC LIMB MOVEMENT DISORDER DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same is done by a general physician who along with checking your symptoms would also do blood tests and X-ray.
HOW IS PERIODIC LIMB MOVEMENT DISORDER TREATED?
Treatment for Periodic limb movement disorder includes medications that help in inducing sounder sleep. Also, there are some leg exercises given help in managing the restlessness during sleep. Certain sleeping aids like using bolster to keep legs raised are also used.
DID YOU KNOW?
PLMD is estimated to occur in approximately 4% of adults (aged 15–100), but is more common in the elderly, especially females, with up to 11% experiencing symptoms. PLMD appears to be related to restless legs syndrome (RLS) - a study of 133 people found that 80% of those with RLS also had PLMD. However the opposite is not true: many people who have PLMD do not also have restless legs syndrome.