The Canadian Movement Disorder Group

 Restless Leg Syndrome

 Restless leg Syndrome is a condition that results in an irresistible urge to move the legs. This tends to be noticable on relaxing ,or lying down trying to fall  asleep. It resolves with physical activity. People may find they have to get out of bed and exercise thier legs for a long time before they are able to fall asleep.

 This condition is most often due to an inherrited trait, and  therefore runs in families. Some times it occurs as the result of an underlying health problem (e.g.  iron deficiency, thyriod dysfunction, vitamin deficiency, or in association with  nerve damage in the legs).

Most, if not all the time there is an associated problem during sleep. This is called "Periodic Leg Movements of Sleep" and is a condition that results in  the legs twitching,twisting or jumping, every 20 - 30 second during the night. These movements can be bad enough to disrupt the deeper stages of sleep, and result in marked daytime fatigue.


 Several medications can be used to try to control both restless legs, and Periodic Movements of Sleep. These include: Pergolide (Permax), Pramipexole (Mirapex), Levo-Dopa (Sinemet CR), Clonazepam (Rivotril), Codiene.

 Many other remedies are suggested to help as well.

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