Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome & Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a type of sensorimotor disorder characterized by strong complaint of the nearly irresistible urge to move the limbs. The urge to move is often associated with uncomfortable sensations felt deep inside the limbs or a sensation/feeling that is difficult for the patient to describe. RLS is considered a misnomer as it can affect the arms as well.
The sensations may feel like creeping, burning, crawling, itching, or tugging. Common descriptions may include "legs want to move on their own", "twitchy", or "restless". Movement of the affected limb(s) may provide temporary relief of symptoms. Persistent RLS can disrupt sleep onset and quality over the sleep period.
Often those affected with RLS also experience periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD). Periodic limb movement disorder is characterized by sudden involuntary and repetitive leg-jerking, twitching, or kicking at the onset of sleep and during sleep and can occur frequently throughout the sleep period. Both restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder can cause disrupted sleep, excessive daytime drowsiness, and reduced daytime functioning in the patient affected and the bed partner.
If you think that you or a member of your household may be suffering from RLS or PLMD, contact us to schedule an evaluation with a Sleep Specialist or ask your provider about a referral to Red River Sleep Center.