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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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The diagnostic criteria for RLS were updated in 2003 by the International Restless Legs Syndrome (IRLS) Study Group.
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As these involuntary motions worsened over time, she was admitted to a psychiatry outpatient clinic and had been diagnosed with RLS.
In 2005, researchers asked 97,642 women participating in the Nurses Health Study II about their RLS symptoms and hypertension stares.
In a multivariate regression model that controlled for age, race, snoring, and body mass index (BMI), RLS was an independent predictor of poor sleep quality, with an associated twofold increase in the odds of experiencing poor sleep.
Although the data were not included in the poster, 19 of the 26 IBS patients with RLS were treated with the antibiotic rifaximin, with 9 reporting relief of their RLS symptoms, Dr.
Their RLS is often characterised by jerking, twitching, stitching or tearing pains which often wake the sufferer at around 2 to 4 am.
In another aspect of their study, the researchers determined the specificity and sensitivity of hypoechogenicity in diagnosing RLS.
Although worsening of symptoms at night is a hallmark of RLS, many people with RLS also experience bothersome symptoms during the day.
Gary Deans, managing director of RLS, said: "So far we have successfully found jobs for more than 200 local people working in stores across the UK.
RLS sensations are often described by people as burning, creeping, tugging, or like insects crawling inside the legs.