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DISEASE

Postby waterloo2 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:24 am

They say that it is a disease rls.org/Willis-Ekbom Disease I thought rls was a symptom not a disease.

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Postby Chipmunk » Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:54 am

The old name was Restless Legs Syndrome; the new name is Willis-Ekbom Disease.

A syndrome is usually a consistent constellation of symptoms with no obvious cause, for example, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

In contrast, a disease is usually something with a known or suspected cause. Now that we know more about RLS/WED, it's becoming apparent that it does indeed have a root cause in many cases: genetic, low iron, pregnancy, and dialysis, to name a few.
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Postby badnights » Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:24 am

nice answer chip
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Postby Rubyslipper » Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:27 pm

It is so nice to know that people are beginning to understand! I agree, nice answer!
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Postby badnights » Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:57 am

except - the old name was Restless LegS Syndrome :lol:
(plural legs) (one of our pet peeves)
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Postby Laurachrissy » Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:12 pm

My dr. calls RLS a misnomer.
RLS sux

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Postby Chipmunk » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:30 pm

badnights wrote:except - the old name was Restless LegS Syndrome :lol:
(plural legs) (one of our pet peeves)

I have no idea what you're talking about! :wink:
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Postby waterloo2 » Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:01 pm

Hi all
So is a disease or sympton then lol
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Postby Polar Bear » Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:28 pm

Gill:

Forget 'symptom'.

It used to be a 'syndrome' -
now because of new knowledge gained it is a 'disease'.
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Postby ViewsAskew » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:37 pm

Ad Polar Bear said, it's now a disease. And, because it's not only in our legs and it's not just about being restless, the restless and legs are gone, too. That meant finding a new name. So, it's named after people who historically were instrumental in studying it, Willis and Ekbom.
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