Glossary

Restless Leg Syndrome in Children and Adolescents

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Restless Legs Syndrome is characterized by a marked discomfort in one's legs ("the creepy crawlies", "heebie-jebies" etc.), accompanied by an urge to move one's legs which temporarily relieves the sensation. RLS usually occurs at night or during periods of prolonged inactivity (such as on an airplane). A number of pharmacologic treatments exist for the condition.

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder is characterized by frequent leg jerks or kicks during the night which can disturb one's sleep and lead to daytime sleepiness. The disorder often accompanies Restless Legs Syndrome and is treated in a similar manner.

 
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