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Restless Leg Syndrome

SomnoSleep Consultants

Sleep Medicine in Northern Virginia

If you experience an uncontrollable urge to move your legs due to discomfort that worsens when you try to sleep, you may have restless leg syndrome. Dr. Alidad Arabshahi, MD, and the highly trained team at SomnoSleep Consultants treat sufferers of restless leg syndrome in Northern Virginia. To find relief from restless leg syndrome, call or book an appointment online today.

Restless Leg Syndrome - FAQs

What is restless leg syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. Its characteristic symptoms:

  • Begin while at rest: The urge to move your legs is triggered after lying down or sitting for an extended time, such as in a car or movie theater.
  • Worsen in the evening: Symptoms of RLS primarily occur at night.
  • Include nighttime leg twitching: Legs twitch and/or kick while you fall asleep and throughout the night, causing sleep deprivation and daytime fatigue.
  • Include unpleasant sensations: People with RLS may experience unpleasant sensations in their legs such as aching, throbbing, crawling, pulling, and itching.
  • Are relieved by moving: The need to move your legs may get better when you stretch or walk.

How do you diagnose and treat restless leg syndrome?

To diagnose restless leg syndrome, SomnoSleep Consultants review your medical history and symptoms. They perform a physical exam and may take blood tests to check for an underlying condition that may cause restless leg syndrome, such as an iron deficiency.

Then, they discuss the best course of treatment for your particular condition. Depending on your needs, treatment for restless leg syndrome may include:

  • Medications to relieve symptoms
  • Lifestyle changes such as getting regular exercise
  • Taking baths and getting massages to relax muscles

If the urge to move your legs keeps you awake at night, don’t hesitate to call SomnoSleep Consultants, or schedule an appointment online for expert care.