One of the most misdiagnosed and undiagnosed ailments, it is estimated that 8-15% of the population suffers from Restless Legs Syndrome, MORE PEOPLE THAN HAVE DIABETES. It is described as a creepy, crawly sensation in the legs, and sometimes arms and trunk, that “demands” that a person move the limb for relief. It usually appears in the evening or at bedtime when one relaxes. With some, it will occur any time of day, especially during long periods of sitting, e.g., driving, flying, movies, etc. For many, it means frequent sleepless nights.
Fortunately, there is treatment and support available. A physician knowledgeable of RLS can prescribe relief via a number of drugs. Recently, GlaxoSmithKline introduced Requip, a drug specifically designated for RLS treatment.
There is an international network of RLS support groups. There are two RLS support groups in Washington: Seattle and Tacoma. Locally, the Tacoma Area RLS Support Group, which began about ten years ago, holds meetings for RLS sufferers four to five times a year. The next meeting will he held on Saturday, January 7th, at the Lakewood branch of the Pierce County library system at 1:00 & 2:30 PM.
The Group meetings typically cover new developments in RLS treatment, guest speakers knowledgeable in the field, a question and answer period and available help resources. The mission of the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation is to provide increased awareness and improved treatments and find a cure.
The Group is quite fortunate to have as its physician advisor, Patrick Hogan, D.O., who specializes in movement disorders and has treated many RLS patients. Dr. Hogan has built a high degree of expertise. In fact, Dr. Hogan published an article titled, “Quality of Life improvement for patients with RLS treated with Mirapex”. He will be attending our meeting on Jan. 7th.
For more information, contact Al Ruff at 253-863-7290 or check our website at: www.rlsgroups.org/tacoma.