How to diagnose Restless Legs Syndrome.

How to diagnose Restless Legs Syndrome.

How to Diagnose Restless Legs Syndrome

The diagnosticcriteria of RLS have been established and formalised by the International RLSStudy Group. A diagnosis of RLS is based on the patient’s clinical history.


Itshould be positive for four key features. The most important is Akathisia theoverriding need to move one’s limbs which is accompanied by many unpleasantsymptoms. If the patient presents with a simple tapping foot or shaking leg onits own without the compulsion to move this is not RLS.


The secondmost prevalent symptom is that it occurs when the patient is at rest or lyingdown ie in a state of relaxation. The third is that relief is obtained eitherfully or partially by physical activity. Symptoms follow a circadian pattern occurringprimarily at night and are much lesssevere in the daytime. Even the most severe sufferers have relative respite inthe late morning and early afternoon.


Diagnosis isoften difficult due to the non standardisation of names for the symptoms whichare variously described eg as creepy, crawly and tingly, nervous feet, crazylegs and pepsi cola in the veins!
The symptomsof RLS are usually in the legs but often in severe cases the arms are involved. Most cases begin withleg symptoms but some with arms. Sometimes symptoms can be experienced in otherparts of the body even in the genitals.

Back From How to diagnose Restless Legs Syndrome to RLS Index


Sleeping Disorders Homepage.


Preview
Preview

Effects of Sleep Deprivation and Insomnia. Effects of Sleep Deprivation.There are many effects of sleep deprivation.Insomnia is one major causes of sleep deprivation.The effects of insomnia vary from person to person and sleep deprivation can play havoc with the body and here is what it is capable of : 1. Conditions such as depression, a tired and a...

Preview

Most common Causes and Cures for Snoring. Most common Causes and Cures for Snoring.The causes and cures for snoring are many faceted. They include overeating, excess dairyproducts which cause mucus production, and lack of exercise leading to abuild-up of fatty tissues around the nasal area, nasal stuffiness, small orcollapsing nostrils, unsuitable s...

Preview

Sleep Disorder due tostress and acidity problem Sleep Disorder due tostress and acidity problemby Hetal(Surat, India) QuestionI am suffering sleep disorder from five years due to stress and acidity problem.Please guide me.AnswerOnly a Qualified Sleep Expert can help you.You need to see a doctor and explain your problems to him/her.I am still availab...

footer for History of Insomnia. page

HISTORY OF INSOMNIA. HISTORY OF INSOMNIA.If you suffer from a history of insomnia and you go to see a doctor youneed to be armed with the necessary information, so that the doctor candiagnose your condition accurately and make right recommendations. Funny enoughyour sleep partner is also a rich resource of information on your sleepinghabits ,he or ...