Restless Legs Syndrome sounds like one of those made-up medical disorders used to legitimize a weak character like Phantom Pocket Vibration Syndrome. Or Alcohol Intoxication Disorder, which is just another name for what idiots who engage in binge drinking do of their own free will. Unlike faux disorders and fancy names to cover up willful behavior, however, Restless Legs Syndrome is very real health problem that can have extremely negative impacts on a person’s lifestyle ranging from leisure activities to poor performance at work.
Many people may have a misconception of Restless Legs Syndrome based upon its name. If the image of someone crazily moving their legs around is all you can imagine when you hear about the name of this health condition, you need to know that the experience can differ substantially from one sufferer to another. Take me, for instance. I was moved to inquire about an actual medical diagnosis not as a result of constantly needing to move my legs around in order to fall asleep, but because of the we irdly creepy feeling of something crawling up my legs which would stimulate my need to restlessly move my legs.
Many people with Restless Legs Syndrome experience this aspect of the health disorder, but may describe it completely differently. I’ve read descriptions of this symptom that ranges from the conventional bug crawling on your skin to champagne bubbles floating beneath your skin. My own experience with Restless Legs Syndrome was one that I invariably tried to describe as “someone aiming a laser pointer at your leg that you could feel, not as heat.” You probably can’t even begin to imagine what that would feel like unless you also have some experience with Restless Legs Syndrome.
I was only urged to see official clinical diagnosis and treatment when I discovered that what I thought was just another of manifestation of my general weirdness was, in fact, a widely accepted health problem that even had the benefit of official medical nomenclature. Of course, in a world where the feeling that your cell phone is vibrating in your pocket even when it’s not and the urge to drink more beer in two minutes than your grandparents drank in their entire lives are also legitimized by official medical nomenclature…well, the bloom is certainly off that rose.
When I described my symptoms to my doctor, he informed me that testing would not be necessary because I had just described the four key components required for diagnosis of Restless Legs Syndrome : uncontrollable urges to move legs when lying down or resting that goes away once you get up and become active which get much worse and uncontrollable at night. I also added that sometimes there is sometimes an utterly baseless feeling of anxiety when my legs are particularly restless that begins to expand to my arms and head. When this bizarre blanket of something that almost approaches a psychological state of fear very close to dread occurs–which, fortunately, is rarely–I imagine that anyone watching me might suspect I have a mild form of epilepsy.
My doctor informed me that anxiety and fear is not one of the symptoms required for diagnosis of Restless Legs Syndrome, but probably should be since he’s rarely treated a patient with it who hasn’t described something along those lines. Since the same doctor was also treating my clinically diagnosed depression and the latest in a series of treatments with antidepressant medication was not working at all, he made the decision to try killing two birds with one stone.
Almost as soon as I began taking the t razodone , my nights became much more restful. Trazodone, an old-school antidepressant, worked surprisingly fast to reduce the incident of restlessness while resting while also helping me to sleep more soundly once I did fall asleep. The occurrence of anxiety and read accompanying bouts of Restless Leg Syndrome also much more rare. It took a lot longer to notice any positive impact on my depression from trazodone , but it even managed to do that.
I cannot vouch for trazodone working to help you if you are suffering from Restless Legs Syndrome, but if you have been run through the gamut of treatment options with no success, I would certainly advise broaching the subject with your physicians.