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Affecting Motion: Restless legs syndrome

 Restless legs syndrome is a disease that mainly affect legs. The syndromes can be present in any part of the body like legs, arms and torso. A person moves his body part to get relief temporarily. Consensus panel of National Institutes of Health in 2003 made modifications in their standards for Restless less Syndrome and included many symptoms of the disease and its types. This disease is frequently found in a person pregnant, deficient in iron or is at the last-stage of renal disease.

 Causes Of Restless Legs Syndrome:

The proper cause of Restless legs syndrome is not yet identified. Iron system and dopamine were mostly highlighted in all the researches of RLS. One of the causes of this disease is deficiency of iron. It can also be present in a person who has diabetes, thyroid disease, sleep apnea, celiac disease or uremia. It generally affects maximum during pregnancy. Some drugs also have a negative effect on a person having restless legs syndrome. The symptoms of RLS can increase in a patient having hypoglycemia. The abnormal mechanical urges of the brain is also considered as a cause of RLS. Injury or surgery in back also can lead to RLS. Any type of operation of RLS patient further worsens the condition. This disease in most of the cases is inherited genetically. The autosome chromosome passes them from parents to the offspring. Presently, five genetic loci have been identified by their linkage. Four of them were identified with the use of model of inheritance known as autosomal dominant. The earliest was identified in a French family of Canada. The inheritance model named autosomal recessive was used in this case. MAP2K5, BTBD9 and MEISI are the three genes related to the disease but their functions had remained indistinct.

Types of Restless Legs Syndrome:

Restless legs syndrome has been divided into two categories namely primary and secondary. The cause of primary restless legs syndrome has not been identified. Secondary restless legs syndrome disease can occur as a side effect of certain drugs or medical treatment. In the primary case, the disease spread slowly and sometimes disappears for months. However, in secondary case the disease attacks suddenly and spread rapidly.

Symptoms Of Restless Legs Syndrome:

A person irrespective of age can suffer from restless leg syndrome. He would feel itchy and uncomfortable. To describe the sensations he would use words as electrical, painful, ants inside the leg and painful. These sensations would make him to move his legs restlessly. These feelings can arise in any part of the body especially in legs and then in arms. People feel to walk and move their legs as the uncomfortable feelings begin when movement is stopped. Though some of the patients have been completely relieved yet many in case of most of the sufferers it have spread with time. A man can experience the pains at anytime of the day. People suffer mostly in the evening and minimum in the morning.

Treatment Of Restless Legs Syndrome:

 The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation certified the methods of treating primary restless legs syndrome, which were formulated by eminent researchers of Mayo Clinic. These rules guided the doctors as well as the patients. The treatments combined pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic cures. The treatment should begin after other medical treatments are completed. The treatment of this disease with drugs has lot of side effects. Secondary RLS can be cured if the medical therapy is made wisely. Thyroid problems, varicose veins and iron deficiency are the chief conditions related secondary RLS. Medicines are prescribed for the patients who are unable to sleep or work for this disease. Most of the physicians follow the algorithm of the Mayo Clinic. Dopamine drugs like pergolide, carbipoda, pramipexole and ropinirole are some of the approved drugs. Benzodiazepines help in the time of sleeping.

Advice For The Patients Of Restless Legs Syndrome:

The patients of restless legs syndrome is advised to test their ferritin levels. The ferritin level of a patient of this disease should not fall below 50 mcg. A patient can consult a doctor for taking iron supplements. If the level can be increased to 80mcg then negligible symptoms would persist. Never take iron supplements without checking the ferritin level as it might become dangerous causing iron storage disease.

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Yes, the information was most helpful, as I suffer from RLS.
#1 - Marjorie Colt - 07/20/2015 - 14:39
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