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Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) affects 25 percent of people over age 65. You try to go to sleep at night and you start to feel tingling or itching in your skin and then your legs start to move and try to walk off the bed. Since you spend the night trying to sleep while your legs try to wake you up, you do not sleep well and develop day-time sleepiness. Because you are exhausted all the time, restless legs syndrome can cause depression. Restless legs syndrome can run in families or occur sporadically. It often occurs in people who lack iron and , in some cases can be cured by taking iron pills. It is also seen in kidney failure and any disease that damages nerves.

Since almost all patients with Parkinson's disease develop restless legs syndrome, any drug that helps treat Parkinson's disease also helps treat restless legs syndrome. All drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease raise brain levels of the neurotransmitter, dopamine. A report from Spain shows that the anticonvulsant, gabapentin, online casino known under the trade name of Neurontin, helps to control restless legs syndrome, primarily because this condition is cured by an irritation of the nerves and drugs used to treat seizures, also help to control abnormal nerve messages (1).

See Restless Legs Syndrome is Very Common

1) Treatment of restless legs syndrome with gabapentin - A double-blind, cross-over study. Neurology, 2002, Vol 59, Iss 10, pp 1573-1579. D GarciaBorreguero, O Larrosa, Y delaLlave, K Verger, X Masramon, G Hernandez. Garcia-Borreguero D, Univ Autonoma Madrid, Fdn Jimenez Diaz, Dept Neurol, Sleep Disorders Unit, Avda Reyes Catolicos 2, Madrid 28040, SPAIN.

2) Restless legs syndrome in the older adult - Diagnosis and management. Drugs & Aging, 2002, Vol 19, Iss 10, pp 741-751. SA Milligan, AL Chesson. Chesson AL, Louisiana State Univ, Hlth Sci Ctr, Dept Neurol, 1501 Kings Highway, Shreveport,LA 71130 USA

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May 30th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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