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Restless Legs Syndrome: Coping with Your Sleepless Nights (American Academy of Neurology)by Mark Buchfuhrer
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The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation estimates that up to 8 percent of the population suffers with restless legs syndrome (RLS). The hallmark of this neurologic disorder is an irresistible urge to move, most commonly at night. It causes uncomfortable sensations often described as creeping, crawling, tugging, burning, or aching feelings in the calves, feet, thighs, and arms. These disruptive symptoms vary in severity and can result in difficulty staying or falling asleep, fatigue, and impaired daytime function resulting from loss of sleep.
Written by respected leaders in this field and sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, Restless Legs Syndrome explains what we know about RLS, including its causes and manifestations, and what can be done to manage it. Topics covered include:
Causes, symptoms, and diagnosis Treatments, including drug and non-pharmacologic therapy RLS in children Personal relationships and RLS Resources Lifestyle changes, dealing with daily activities, RLS triggers, and much more
This indispensable guide will help millions of people to understand this condition so that they can take control of their lives and make informed decisions. It also will be a useful resource for families, caregivers, and health care providers.
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About ten percent of the population has Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), with symptoms ranging from the annoying to the agonizing. In some cases the creeping, crawling, burning or aching keeps them awake all night. For others the discomfort interrupts family life, social life, and even careers. The authors acknowledge that the best that can be done is managing the symptoms, but they do offer hope that the condition can be reduced to endurable levels. They include Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) in their considerations of diagnosis, typical patient profiles, treatment options with or without medication (for RLS, daily RLS, secondary RLS and refractory RLS), augmentation, rebound, RLS in children, the patient's role, applying for Social Security disability, dealing with RLS in relationships, finding a physician and looking forward to upcoming treatments. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The hallmark of the neurologic disorder RLS is an irresistible urge to move, most commonly at night. Symptoms vary in severity and can result in sleeplessness, fatigue, and impaired function, and can affect families and relationships as well. Written by leaders in this field and sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, Restless Legs Syndrome explains what is known about RLS, including its causes and manifestations, and what can be done to manage it. Specific chapters cover treatments, including drug and non-pharmalogic therapy, RLS in children, lifestyle changes, resources, and more.
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