If you are plagued by discomfort or irritation in your legs that keeps you from falling asleep, you may have Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). RLS can be effectively treated, and you can get the right treatment delivered with a higher quality of patient care at Neurology & Sleep Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Restless Leg Syndrome is a condition in which people experience discomfort or irritation in their legs that is difficult to describe yet distinctly different from muscle aches and pains, numbness or the burning commonly experienced by people with (diabetic) neuropathy. Another characteristic symptom of RLS is the near-irresistible urge to move the legs to relieve the discomfort. Because the sensations are worse at night than in the morning or during the day, RLS can interfere with your ability to get to sleep or stay asleep.
Restless Legs Syndrome has a number of possible causes ranging from iron deficiencies to side effects of common OTC drugs. RLS is more common in people with poor circulation in their extremities, so diabetes is a common risk factor.
Most people with Restless Legs Syndrome suffer for years before seeking treatment because the condition does not seem serious—there is no pain, and symptoms are often completely absent during the day. However, the cumulative effects of poor sleep often prompt people to get help.
While there are no diagnostic tests specifically for RLS, restless legs can be observed during a sleep study. By observing body movements as well as electrical activity in the brain and muscles, a sleep specialist can determine if you may benefit from RLS treatment.
Take the first step towards more restful sleep—contact Neurology & Sleep Medicine to schedule an initial consultation. Dr. Senthil Ramasamy, our board-certified sleep specialist, will meet with you to learn more about your symptoms and explain the sleep study process.