Restless legs or Restless leg syndrome (RBS), now known as Willis-Ekbom disease (WED), is generally a long-term condition that causes a strong urge to move the legs. There is often an unpleasant sensation in the legs that improves slightly by moving them. This is often described as pain, tingling or crawling in nature. Occasionally, arms may also be affected. The feelings generally occur at rest and therefore can make it difficult to sleep. Due to the disruption of sleep, people with RBS may have daytime sleepiness, low energy, irritability and depressed mood. In addition, many have muscle twitching during sleep. RBS is not the same as the usual foot tapping or leg rocking.
Risk factors for RBS include low iron, kidney failure, Parkinson's disease, diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, pregnancy and celiac disease. A number of medications can also cause the condition, including antidepressants, antipsychotics, antihistamines and calcium antagonists. There are two main types. One is early onset RBS, which begins before age 45, runs in families and worsens over time. The other is late onset RLS that begins after age 45, starts suddenly and does not worsen. Diagnosis is generally based on a person's symptoms after excluding other possible causes.
BeterKliniek is the clinic for Integrative Medicine that bridges regular and non-regular medicine.
An van Veen (physician) and Michael van Gils (therapist) look for the cause of a condition or disease. That is where the treatment starts otherwise, as people often say, it is 'carrying water to the sea'. We call this cause medicine. Sometimes it is also desirable to treat the symptoms (at the same time). We call this symptom medicine.
Chronic disorders often have their cause in epi- genetics. You can schedule a free informative telephone consultation (phone number 040-7117337 until 1 p.m.) at BeterKliniek to discuss your symptoms so that we can provide you with further advice.