Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (cont.)
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In most people with PLMD, poor sleep and daytime sleepiness are the most bothersome symptoms. Many people do not link their sleep problem with leg movements.Sleep disturbance has many, many different causes. Depending on how you describe your symptoms, your health care provider may ask you many very detailed questions. These questions concern your medical problems now and in the past, family medical problems, medications you take, your work and travel history, and your habits and lifestyle. A detailed physical examination will look for signs of an underlying cause for your sleep problem.
Polysomnography (sleep lab testing) is the only way to confirm that you have PLMD. As you sleep in the lab, your leg movements can be documented.
At any time during your evaluation, your health care provider may refer you to a neurologist (a specialist in disorders of the nervous system). This specialist can help rule out other neurological problems and confirm the diagnosis of PLMD.
Wayne E Anderson, DO
Selim R Benbadis, MD
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Stephen Berman, MD, PhD
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