Diagnosis of restless leg syndrome

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Many cases of restless leg syndrome are often not diagnosed. This is due to the fact that patients do not know how to interpret what they feel by writing symptoms on a simple fatigue.

With a syndrome of restless legs there is an insurmountable desire to move/move legs, which:

  • May occur (but not necessarily) against the background of unpleasant sensations such as tingling, crawling ants or pain;
  • Appears or intensifies during periods of rest or inactivity (at night, when a person sits or lies);
  • Passes partially or completely during movement.

Criteria facilitating the diagnosis of a sigdrome of restless legs

  • Family history (one of the parents, brothers or sisters suffering from a syndrome of restless legs);
  • The presence of periodic movements of the legs (spontaneous movements in sleep or during wakefulness).

Sleep research (polysomnography) can be done to help the doctor in the diagnosis of restless leg syndrome and to exclude other sleep disorders.

It records the activity of the brain, movements of the eyeballs, muscle activity, heart rate, respiration, air flow through the nose and through the mouth and determining the level of oxygen in the blood.

Diagnostic problems

Many cases remain undetected, since:

Diagnosis of restless leg syndrome
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