How Restless Legs Syndrome Affects Children

Children who are fidgety or hyperactive may have restless legs syndrome. Often misdiagnosed in kids, restless legs syndrome can interfere with sleep and affect childhood development.

A restless legs syndrome diagnosis isn’t exclusive to adults. In fact, the National Institutes of Health estimates one million school-age children have restless legs syndrome, or RLS. The symptoms of restless legs syndrome in children are often mistaken for growing pains or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, making it difficult to get an accurate diagnosis.

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Finding a Doctor to Diagnose Restless Legs Syndrome

When itchy, tingly legs keep you tossing and turning all night, which doctor do you call? Here’s the 411 on first steps when restless legs syndrome keeps you up all night.

When you’re sniffling and sneezing, you probably head to your primary care doctor for help. But when you’ve got what you suspect is restless legs syndrome — uncomfortable sensations that strike at night and won’t let you sleep — you might be wondering whether a specialist is in order.

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Drugs May Help Relieve Restless Legs Syndrome

Review found two types of approved medications helped most patients with moderate to severe symptoms.

People suffering from restless legs syndrome may find some relief by taking one of several drugs approved to treat the condition, a new review confirms.

The medications, which include Requip (ropinirole), levodopa, Neurontin (gabapentin) and Lyrica (pregabalin), appear to reduce symptoms of the syndrome in more than 60 percent of patients, researchers report. The first two drugs raise dopamine levels in the body, and the last two ...

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8 Triggers That Make Restless Legs Worse

Does it seem like your restless legs get worse after you take a certain medication or are under stress? Become aware of your restless legs triggers to relax.

It never fails — just as you crawl into bed, your restless legs start acting up again. Symptoms — which include pain and tingly, creepy-crawly sensations — usually strike at night or when you’re relaxing, so sleep problems are one of the chief complaints in people with restless legs syndrome, or RLS.

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Restless Leg Syndrome Drug Gets New Indication

FDA approves gabapentin enacarbil after a twelve week trial.

The FDA has approved the restless legs syndrome drug gabapentin enacarbil (Horizant) to treat postherpetic neuralgia.

The drug is administered in one 600 mg dose for the first 3 days of treatment, followed by 600 mg doses twice daily on day four and onward, a statement from makers GlaxoSmithKline and XenoPort said.

Patients with renal impairment should have adjusted doses, the statement added.

Safety and efficacy for the new indication were evaluated in a 12-week ...

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When Your Partner Has Restless Legs Syndrome

If your partner has restless legs syndrome, you both may have sleepless nights. Try these sleep tips so rest doesn’t become an impossible dream.

If you share a bed with one of the millions of people who have restless legs syndrome (RLS), getting a good night’s sleep may be challenging for both of you. In an attempt to relieve tingling or other discomfort, your partner may be in constant motion, keeping you awake for much of the night, too. What’s worse, ...

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8 Home Remedies for Restless Legs Syndrome

In addition to medication, lifestyle changes and drug-free treatments can provide restless legs relief. Read about home remedies that may surprise (and help) you.

Some call it a creepy-crawly feeling. Others say it’s more of a gnawing or burning sensation in their limbs. But however you describe restless legs syndrome (RLS), it’s important to get this uncomfortable condition properly treated. “RLS is a real disease with real consequences,” says Alon Avidan, MD, MPH, an associate professor of neurology and director of ...

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Classic Restless Legs Syndrome Not Linked to Parkinson’s

People with early Parkinson’s disease are not more likely to have restless legs syndrome, but many people with Parkinson’s do report leg motor restlessness, according to the results of a new Norwegian study.

People with restless legs syndrome, or RLS, have an overwhelming urge to move their legs. This typically occurs at night during rest, and the sensation is relieved by movement. By contrast, leg motor restlessness is characterized by the urge to move the legs throughout the day, and this ...

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New Insights Into Restless Legs Syndrome

For the millions who suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome, sleep can be exceedingly difficult and disrupted. RLS is a neurological disorder and a sleep disorder, a condition that causes tingling, twitching, “creepy-crawly” feelings in the legs. These uncomfortable sensations bring about an often-urgent need to move the legs. The symptoms of RLS are most often felt when a person is lying still for a period of time, and are frequently experienced at bedtime. People with RLS commonly experience symptoms of ...

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What Is Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?

If you can barely wake up in the morning and your bed looks like a battle zone, you may want to ask your doctor about periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD).

It’s bad enough when a sleep condition causes fatigue and disrupted sleep; it’s even worse when that disease starts destroying household linens. Such was the case with a 65-year-old Swiss woman who frequently, and unknowingly, moved her legs while sleeping. In fact, she was so active at night that she rubbed ...

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