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Restless Leg Syndrome Topic Of July 19 Lecture

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 even 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.”

Dr. Locklear will discuss treatments for RLS during a lecture Monday, July 19, at 10 a.m. at the Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center, 203 N. College St.

As a result of RLS, most people with this condition 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,” Dr. 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,” Dr. Locklear said.

Dr. Locklear graduated from medical school at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and performed his residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Tina Chudina, media relations coordinator, at 798-8110.