If you are one of the millions of people who experience the frustration of lost sleep because of irritation or discomfort in your legs, there’s help. You may suffer from a condition called Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), and the sleep specialist at Neurology & Sleep Medicine can help you find effective treatment.
RLS is a condition in which people experience an itching, burning or irritation in their legs that is usually relieved by moving their legs. The symptoms of RLS are only experienced when a person lies down to go to bed or sometimes during long periods of sitting.
Restless Legs Syndrome usually does not keep someone up all night, but they do experience a cumulative loss of quality sleep that can diminish their quality of life. Often, people do not seek treatment for years because they do not think it is a serious condition.
There are a number of possible causes of RLS, and the likely cause must be identified to find the best treatment option. Current treatments for RLS include:
Sleep aids are not recommended for RLS treatment.
If you suffer from the symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome, contact Neurology & Sleep Medicine to schedule a consultation. Dr. Senthil Ramasamy, our board-certified sleep specialist, will meet with you to discuss your symptoms. He may order a sleep study and/or blood test to check your iron levels and help you understand the next steps in diagnosing and treating your sleep problem to restore the quantity and quality of your sleep.