Restless Leg Syndrome: Restless Leg Syndrome Causes

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Restless Leg Syndrome Causes

Causes of restless leg syndrome

RLS is either primary or secondary. Primary RLS is considered idiopathic, or with no known cause. However, there is a high incidence of familial cases, suggesting a genetic tendency in primary RLS. Primary RLS starts before age 40 or 45 (can occur as early as the first year of life). In primary RLS, the onset is often slow. The RLS may disappear for months, or even years, however it always returns. It is often progressive and gets worse as the person ages.

Secondary RLS often had a sudden onset and may be daily from the very beginning. It often occurs after the age of 40, however it can occur earlier. It is most associated with specific medical conditions or the use of certain drugs. The conditions include: pregnancy, iron deficiency, folate deficiency, uremia, diabetes, thyroid problems, peripheral neuropathy, and certain auto-immune disorders such as Sjogren's, Celiac Disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment of the underlying condition often eliminates the RLS.

Both primary and secondary RLS can be worsened by surgery of any kind, however back surgery or injury is often associated with causing RLS.

Certain medications may worsen RLS in those who already have it, or cause it secondarily. These include: anti-nausea drugs, certain antihistamines (often in over-the-counter cold medications), drugs used to treat depression (both older tricyclics and newer SSRIs), antipsychotic drugs, and certain medications used to control seizures.

Source: Wikipedia

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