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PERIODIC LIMB MOVEMENT DISORDER
Periodic leg movement disorder is characterized by sudden jerking and recurrent cramping of the legs during sleep. The only movement disorder that occurs during sleep, periodic limb movement disorder is also a sleep disorder. In the 1950s, the disorder was named Nocturnal Myoclonus. It can occur at any age, but it is more widely noted in middle aged and older people. There are two types of Periodic Limb Movement disorders: primary and secondary. Although the causes for the primary type have not been identified clearly, the causes for the second type are as follows: diabetes mellitus, sleep apnea, spinal cord injury, uremia etc.
HOW IS PERIODIC LIMB MOVEMENT DISORDER DIAGNOSED?
Those suffering from the disorder are sometimes given Anti-Parkinson’s medication, but they may also be given narcotics, anticonvulsants, and benzodiazepines.