Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome can be a debilitating disorder that causes patients to feel an irresistible urge to move their legs. These urges are difficult to describe, but they are often referred to as the “creepy-crawlies”. The feeling is worse at night and worsens when sitting still. Rubbing or moving the legs improves the feeling – only to return again moments later. Often, RLS is misdiagnosed as “neuropathy” or “poor leg circulation”. There is often a family member with similar symptoms. In adults, the most likely cause of RLS seems to stem from a problem in the brain’s dopamine transport system. In other patients (especially children), decreased iron levels appear to be the culprit, as iron is a co factor for dopamine transport.

Dr. Roy will provide an in-depth analysis of your symptoms and will discuss the most up to date therapy options for you, including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic means.