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PERIODIC LIMB MOVEMENT DISORDER
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder is a sleep disorder in which the person involuntarily moves his limbs during sleep. The person does not realize that he or she is moving the limbs. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder is involuntary and the person is completely unaware of the movements. Symptoms are:
• Excessive tiredness during the day
• Falling asleep during the day
• Trouble falling asleep during the night
• Involuntary movement of limbs during first half of night
HOW IS PERIODIC LIMB MOVEMENT DISORDER DIAGNOSED?
A general physician may diagnose the condition as a sleep disorder and conduct sleep tests (Polysomnography) when the leg movements will become evident. A medical history of the patient is analysed along with a thorough physical examination.
HOW IS PERIODIC LIMB MOVEMENT DISORDER TREATED?
Treatment is done with medications that help in either reducing the movements or help the person sleep through with the leg movements. Medicines such as Benzodiazepines help in suppressing muscle contractions.
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.