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Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder

Periodic limb movements in sleep are repetitive movements, most typically in the lower limbs, that occur about every 20-40 seconds. If you have PLMS, or sleep with someone who has PLMS (also referred to as PLMD, periodic limb movement disorder), you may recognize these movements as brief muscle twitches, jerking movements or an upward flexing of the feet. They cluster into episodes lasting anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.

The exact cause of PLMS is still unknown. Scientists believe that the underlying mechanisms probably involve factors in the nervous system, although studies have not revealed any consistent abnormalities. PLMS are not considered medically serious. They can, however, be implicated as a contributing factor in chronic insomnia and/or daytimefatigue because they may cause awakenings during the night. Occasionally, PLMS may be an indicator of a serious medical condition such as kidney disease, diabetes or anemia.

Symptoms

Individuals with PLMS may also experience restless legs syndrome (RLS), an irritation or uncomfortable sensation in the calves or thighs, as they attempt to fall asleep or when they awaken during the night. Walking or stretching may relieve the sensations, at least temporarily. However, research also shows that many individuals have PLMS without experiencing any symptoms at all. It’s not unusual for the bed partner to be the one who’s most aware of the movements, since they may disturb his/her sleep.

Treatment

A number of medications have been shown to be effective in treating PLMS, but treatment is only necessary when PLMS are accompanied by restless legs (RLS), insomnia or daytime fatigue.

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    Went in for a consult at the lancaster office almost 2 years ago where the staff took my vitals and then took some baseline readings which lasted 20-30 mins. Turns out that those baseline readings test cost more than the actual overnight sleep study that i ended up taking a couple weeks later, but didn't learn about this fact until i went back in on the 3rd visit for my sleep study results. Was told that i had obstructive sleep apnea and would definitely need to come back in for an additional sleep study to be fitted for a CPAP, but 1st needed to get some financials squared away. That was perfectly fine until i saw a charge for my consultation that cost more than the sleep study. For 20-30 mins and that justifies a $1400 charge, insane! My insurance covered half of this fiasco whereas i only paid copays for each visit, and didn't pay another cent to them beyond that. Seems rather shady to slip some high priced diagnostic test in during the consultation. I would have payed my half of the sleep study, but nothing for the other test. So here i am, roughly 2 years later still with obstructive sleep apnea, still no CPAP, and getting worse. Buyer beware, go elsewhere.
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    Can I give no stars? So slow and long wait to get in. Even when there is no one in the waiting room. And they want to have me come in every time I need a new prescription for a controlled substance. This is not due to Ohio laws this is just their policy. I’m sorry but who with a full time job can call off work once a month just to get a refill??? My advice is go to your family doctor to have them refill your prescription every 3 months instead. Don’t go here. I’ve been out of medications due to the fact they don’t answer their phone or they don’t send out the prescription promptly. They informed me last minute I wouldn’t be able to get my prescription because I haven’t seen them in a year. Like wow now I have no medication. Great.
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  • January 7, 2019
    Steve R.
    Went in for a consult at the lancaster office almost 2 years ago where the staff took my vitals and then took some baseline readings which lasted 20-30 mins. Turns out that those baseline readings test cost more than the actual overnight sleep study that i ended up taking a couple weeks later, but didn't learn about this fact until i went back in on the 3rd visit for my sleep study results. Was told that i had obstructive sleep apnea and would definitely need to come back in for an additional sleep study to be fitted for a CPAP, but 1st needed to get some financials squared away. That was perfectly fine until i saw a charge for my consultation that cost more than the sleep study. For 20-30 mins and that justifies a $1400 charge, insane! My insurance covered half of this fiasco whereas i only paid copays for each visit, and didn't pay another cent to them beyond that. Seems rather shady to slip some high priced diagnostic test in during the consultation. I would have payed my half of the sleep study, but nothing for the other test. So here i am, roughly 2 years later still with obstructive sleep apnea, still no CPAP, and getting worse. Buyer beware, go elsewhere.
  • January 6, 2019
    Alicia grey
    Amy winehouse
  • January 5, 2019
    Gail Brown
    Poor service. If I could give zero stars I would. They don't return phone calls. If you need prescriptions or paperwork completed to obtain your medical equipment, they won't submit correctly, and then will get an attitude with you. They are rude and medically incapable of doing right for the patients.
  • January 2, 2019
    Shelly L.
    Can I give no stars? So slow and long wait to get in. Even when there is no one in the waiting room. And they want to have me come in every time I need a new prescription for a controlled substance. This is not due to Ohio laws this is just their policy. I’m sorry but who with a full time job can call off work once a month just to get a refill??? My advice is go to your family doctor to have them refill your prescription every 3 months instead. Don’t go here. I’ve been out of medications due to the fact they don’t answer their phone or they don’t send out the prescription promptly. They informed me last minute I wouldn’t be able to get my prescription because I haven’t seen them in a year. Like wow now I have no medication. Great.
  • January 1, 2019
    gemma.e
    amazing
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