The causes of Restless Legs Syndrome are still poorly understood; however, there are some conditions that significantly increase the presentation of symptoms. Identifying the causative factors may help you to find effective treatment that allows you to get more and better quality sleep.
Restless Legs Syndrome may be caused by impaired nerve communication and/or circulation in the legs. Conditions that affect nerve signals and circulation include:
Inflammation in the spine can also put pressure on nerves travelling to the legs, causing mild irritation similar to that experienced in RLS.
Restless Legs Syndrome is a syndrome because it is a collection of symptoms, not a disease in itself, making diagnosis a challenge. There are no tests to determine if you have RLS, only tests that determine if you do or do not have another condition with similar symptoms as it is a clinical condition. However, recording leg movements regularly in a sleep study, periodic leg/limb movements of sleep (PLMS) strong supports the diagnosis.
You can find out if you have Restless Legs Syndrome and get the right treatment at Neurology & Sleep Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At our practice, board-certified sleep specialist Dr. Senthil Ramasamy is highly involved in your care. He meets with you during your initial consultation, personally evaluates your sleep study and meets with you again to discuss your results and treatment options.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation.