GREENEVILLE, TN – Are your legs the only thing standing between you and a good night’s sleep?
If you suffer from unpleasant sensations in the legs, especially at night, you may have Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), a neurological disorder that can have a significant impact -- both physically and emotionally.
These sensations are often described as burning, creeping, tugging or like insects crawling inside the legs.
“For those who suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome, it’s a horrible feeling,” Dr. Robert Locklear, a board-certified internist with Takoma Medical Associates, said. “They spend many sleepless nights.”
As a result of the discomfort, most people with RLS also complain of exhaustion and daytime fatigue.
An estimated 12 million Americans suffer from RLS, with most patients being middle aged or older. “The condition seems to intensify with age,” Locklear noted.
Although the exact cause is unknown, patients with RLS often report a family member with similar symptoms.
“Sometimes Restless Leg Syndrome can be caused by another medical condition, such as iron deficiency, renal (kidney) failure or even pregnancy,” Locklear said.
Locklear will discuss restless leg syndrome and treatment possibilities at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Everett and Carolyn Coolidge Volunteer Conference Center at Takoma Adventist Hospital. A catered lunch will precede the “Time Out For Your Health” program at 11:30 a.m.
Locklear graduated from medical school at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and performed his residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va.
Cost for the monthly “Time Out” program is $5, which includes a heart-healthy lunch. Reservations are requested. For more information, please call the Takoma Hospital Volunteers at 798-8136.