Health Watch - Sleep: Restless Legs (part 2)

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about getting a good night’s sleep. Previously, we discussed restless leg syndrome, in which patients have an overwhelming urge to move their legs when they’re lying down or sitting. That can seriously disrupt sleep for patients and their bed partners. There’s no definitive test for the syndrome, but there are ways to diagnose and treat it.

Dr. Shilpa Chitlis, a neurologist specializing in movement disorders at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says doctors diagnose the syndrome by reviewing the history of symptoms. Possible causes include low iron levels, reaction to some medications or nerve disorders. Treatment may involve a more nutritious diet with less caffeine, changes in medication, an exercise program or medication to relieve symptoms.

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January 2009

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