The term Restless Leg Syndrome is used for defining the involuntary action of the legs during sleep or even in sitting conditions. Here the leg, especially the thigh areas continue to jerk and the patient is unable to recognise or even control this motion. This problem usually happens when the patient is either sleeping or even sitting and the leg has sudden jerks. In some cases pain and swelling may occur.
HOW IS RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
The four basic criteria for diagnosing the disorder are
Symptoms that are worse at night and are absent or negligible in the morning
A strong and often overwhelming need or urge to move the affected limb(s), often associated with paresthesias (abnormal sensation) or dysesthesias (extremely abnormal sensation)
Sensory symptoms that are triggered by rest, relaxation, or sleep
Sensory symptoms that are relieved with movement and the relief persists as long as the movement continues
HOW IS RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME TREATED?
If the underlying cause of Restless Leg Syndrome is iron deficiency, then appropriate iron supplements must be given. The aim of treatment is to bring down the number of nights and the severity of Restless Leg Syndrome
DID YOU KNOW?
Women are more prone to this disorder than men but as one gets older symptoms worsen.