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A condition defined as a distressing need or urge to move the legs (or arms)—akathisia—usually accompanied by an uncomfortable deep-seated sensation in the legs that is brought on by rest—sitting or lying down, relieved by moving or walking, and worse at night or in the evening. RLS may be accompanied by involuntary limb movements while the patient is asleep
Management For nightly symptoms, dopaminergics are the agents of first choice, opiates second choice; for pain, gabapentin, opiates, dopaminergics, then sedative-hypnotics


Restless leg syndrome, see there.


Abbreviation for restless legs syndrome.

Restless legs syndrome (RLS)

A disorder in which the patient experiences crawling, aching, or other disagreeable sensations in the calves that can be relieved by movement. RLS is a frequent cause of difficulty falling asleep at night.
Mentioned in: Sleep Disorders


n.pr See syndrome, restless legs.
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Dunietz added that these women experienced RLS symptoms at least four times per week.
In the present study, the prevalence of RLS was 15.
RLS symptoms are different in children than adults10.
And since many of the drugs that treat RLS can trigger serious side effects, those risks must be carefully balanced with the potential benefits offered by the medications.
For example, H2 histamine blockers such as Zantac or Tagamet have been reported to worsen symptoms of RLS.
The inclusion criteria were having diagnostic criteria for RLS according to IRLSSG, age over 18, at least 6 months since the start of dialysis treatment, being on the weekly list of dialysis for 3 times a week and each time for 3 to 4 hours, having no mental or physical disability, being completely alert, having acceptable hearing and speaking ability for answering the questions, absence of any infection, injuries, and peripheral neuropathy or vascular problems in legs, absence of orthopedic problems, and confirmation of RLS by physician in research centers.
To assess the association between sleep disturbance and RLS, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) was filled (Table-2).
This proved the effect of rTMS in treating RLS and that the effect could last for some time (at least 2 months, according to our study) after the stimulation.
Repeated sleep interruptions from RLS can reduce a patient's quality of life, leading to physical fatigue, reduced mental functioning, and emotional stress.
Various associations and risk factors of RLS have been delineated by the literature.