Is It RLS/WED? Or Something Else? Or both?

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Is It RLS/WED? Or Something Else? Or both?

Postby ViewsAskew » Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:31 am

Now that we know a lot more about RLS and both doctors and patients are more aware of it because of the availability of pharma drugs, we're also more likely to get misdiagnosed.

There are several other conditions that are very similar and if a doctor of patient isn't aware of the subteties, it it easy to think it's RLS when it's something else. Here are two articles that illustrate this:

http://www.clinicaladvisor.com/restless ... le/402886/

http://www.news-press.com/story/life/we ... /70284578/

We've had several people here who had neuropathy instead of RLS, and some who had neuropathy AND RLS. It can be hard to tease these apart.

And, if the article on venous insufficiency is correct, it can absolutely mimic RKS. Here is more information that says the same thing: http://www.veincenternorthtexas.com/rls-treatment.html. A quote from the site: "It is becoming more apparent that, in an unknown percentage of RLS cases, the symptoms are secondary to underlying venous disease. Many of these patients have subtle physical findings not likely to be discovered with a cursory physical examination. RLS patients should therefore be properly evaluated for venous insufficiency by a vascular ultrasound technician familiar with the nuances superficial venous reflux (not simply the standard DVT evaluation). Any RLS patient found to have arborizing telangiectasias, varicose veins, or venous insufficiency should be referred to an experienced phlebologist (refer to http://www.phlebology.org to find a phlebologist in your area) for appropriate evaluation and treatment."

RLS can occur as a secondary condition to peripheral neuropathy, too. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2695234/
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Re: Is It RLS/WED?

Postby sleepdancer2 » Mon May 18, 2015 7:08 am

Excellent information! Thank you for posting this and for the reminder that things are not always what they seem.
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Re: Is It RLS/WED?

Postby Polar Bear » Mon May 18, 2015 11:48 am

Great Information
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Re: Is It RLS/WED? Or Something Else? Or both?

Postby pinkynose » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:04 pm

Thank you!!! This information is fabulous. I am going to look into Venous Insufficiency as soon as possible as it closely resembles my symptoms. Even if that's not the cause I will be one step further.

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Re: Is It RLS/WED? Or Something Else? Or both?

Postby Prim's Walks » Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:42 am

Interesting!! I always used Ekbom's Disease because I thought Restless Leg Syndrome was just not a serious enough name for the severity of what some of us go through in a night, week, month.
This is news to me. I'll pass it along to my GP.
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Re: Is It RLS/WED? Or Something Else? Or both?

Postby badnights » Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:57 am

:) better use Willis-Ekbom disease
Ekbom's disease is a different disorder (a psychaitric one) :)
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