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Is restless legs a form of parkinson?

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I have restless leg syndrom and am on 3mg of requip at bedtime. Some nights the requip doesn't work and am up half the night walking. It did drives me crazy. Is restless legs a form of parkinson? Is there any thing else I can do? Thanks

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replied May 19th, 2016
Parkinson Disease Answer A57261
Welcome to e health forum.

Restless leg syndrome is a disorder in which there is an urge or need to move the legs to stop unpleasant sensations which can result in a decreased quality of sleep (insomnia). This lack of sleep can lead to daytime sleepiness, anxiety or depression, and confusion or slowed thought processes.

The condition is not a form of Parkinson's disease.

Treatment in Restless Leg Syndrome aims to reduce stress and helping the muscles relax.
Some medications that can be prescribed by your doctor include pramipexole or ropinirole (Requip) which will reduce your symptoms entirely.

Additional supportive measures that might help you out include -
1. Warm baths ;
2. Gentle stretching exercises
3. Massages can help relieve the symptoms to some extent.

You might consult a neurologist and put forth your issues to him. He might understand your situation and take up interventions to help you out.

I hope this helps.

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