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Restless Leg Syndrome Specialist

Sleep Services of Maryland LLC

Sleep Medicine located in Rockville, MD & Germantown, MD

If you experience an uncontrollable urge to move your legs due to discomfort that worsens when you try to sleep, you may have restless leg syndrome. Yash Mehndiratta, MD, and the highly trained team at Sleep Services of Maryland LLC treat restless leg syndrome at two locations in Rockville and Germantown, Maryland. To find relief from restless leg syndrome, call or book an appointment online today.

Restless Leg Syndrome Q & A

What is restless leg syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. Its characteristic symptoms:

  • Begin while at rest: The urge to move your legs is triggered after lying down or sitting for an extended time, such as in a car or movie theater.
  • Worsen in the evening: Symptoms of RLS primarily occur at night.
  • Include nighttime leg twitching: Legs twitch and/or kick while you fall asleep and throughout the night, causing sleep deprivation and daytime fatigue.
  • Include unpleasant sensations: People with RLS may experience unpleasant sensations in their legs such as aching, throbbing, crawling, pulling, and itching.
  • Are relieved by moving: The need to move your legs may get better when you stretch or walk.

What causes restless legs syndrome?

RLS has a variety of possible causes. Some patients may have a genetic tendency toward developing RLS. However, venous hypertension is well reported to be a contributing factor for the appearance of the symptoms of RLS. Venous hypertension is the result of veno-occlusive disease or the malfunction of the valves in the superficial veins. 

You may have a higher chance of developing RLS if you have diabetes or kidney failure. It is also well reported in the last trimester of pregnancy.

How do you diagnose and treat restless leg syndrome?

To diagnose restless leg syndrome, your provider at Sleep Services of Maryland LLC reviews your medical history and symptoms. They perform a physical exam and may take blood tests to check for an underlying condition that may cause restless leg syndrome, such as an iron deficiency.

Then, they discuss the best course of treatment for your particular condition. Depending on your needs, treatment for restless leg syndrome may include:

  • Medications to relieve symptoms
  • Lifestyle changes such as getting regular exercise
  • Taking baths and getting massages to relax muscles

If the urge to move your legs keeps you awake at night, don’t hesitate to call Sleep Services of Maryland LLC, or schedule an appointment online for expert care.