Suffering with Restless Legs Syndrome?

If you’re overcome by the painful urge to constantly move your legs, or by unconscious kicking and jerking that’s keeping you awake at night, you’re not alone.

If you’re overcome by the painful urge to constantly move your legs, or by unconscious kicking and jerking that’s keeping you awake at night, you’re not alone.

If you’re overcome by the painful urge to constantly move your legs, or by unconscious kicking and jerking that’s keeping you awake at night, you’re not alone.

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Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment

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Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder, affecting up to 10% of people in the UK, characterised by an irresistible urge to move to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations.

Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis Ekbom disease (WED), is a common sensorimotor disorder characterised by an uncontrollable urge to move certain parts of the body, in particular the lower limbs which is initiated or aggravated during inactivity or rest and is mostly worse at nighttime.

Patients with RLS suffer from an overwhelming impulse to move their legs, which is often followed by uncomfortable sensations similar to tremors or needles. These symptoms can range in severity from irksome to painful, and become worst at night or when entering a relaxed state. These painful sensations make it difficult for RLS patients to fall and stay asleep, resulting in chronic sleep deprivation and its related consequences.

Restless legs syndrome is poorly recognized in the UK and is widely misdiagnosed. Treatment is often inadequate leading to poor sleep and its consequences. Over 1 million people may suffer from RLS in the UK and at least in 1/3 the condtion is severe needing specialist treatment and pathway.

Same Day Diagnosis

At Dementech Neurosciences, we endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible. You no longer have to wait to be seen by an expert and can be seen alongside your journey with the NHS, With your consent, we can also share the full consultation report with your GP.

Same Day Tests & Assessments

Patients are screened if they have had serum ferritin, vitamin B12, folate, haemoglobin and thyroid function tests. Once a diagnosis is confirmed after alternative diagnosis are excluded (positional discomfort, nocturnal cramps, PLM, radiculopathy, peripheral neuropathy), patients are then given full management advise with sleep hygiene and also a neuropsychiatry intervention if required by a specialist.

FREE 15-minute Initial Consultation

Schedule a free 15-minute initial consultation with a Patient Advisory. This is an opportunity to discuss your condition where the Patient Advisor will suggest the most appropriate route to suits your specific needs.

Tele Consultations Available

Dementech Neurosciences is now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street.

We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

Restless Legs Syndrome Symptoms:

The main symptom that characterises RLS is the overwhelming impulse to move the legs, this usually occurs when the individual is at rest. The sensations vary from person to person, but have been described as feeling like:

  • Tremors
  • Spasms
  • Throbbing
  • Creeping
  • Crawling
  • Pulling
  • Tugging
  • Itching

Many RLS sufferers find that movement or pressure can temporarily relieve these symptoms. As a result, you may find that you are constantly moving:

  • Walking up and down
  • Bouncing their legs
  • Shaking their legs while sleeping
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The uncomfortable urges occur at night when you are falling asleep, or even during periods of inactivity such as sitting through a movie, in the car or on a flight.

You may also experience involuntary leg spasms, waking you up during the night due to unconscious leg shaking. The symptoms usually fade in the early morning, providing a small window to sleep without disturbance.

As a result, RLS symptoms can cause:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Impaired mental performance

While some may only experience symptoms once a week with mild consequences, you may experience severe RLS symptoms more than twice a week, frequently interrupting your sleep affecting your daily life.

In some cases, you may experience a brief remission, though the symptoms generally worsen depending on the health of the individual.

Additional tests offered if required are:

  • Polysomnography in a sleep laboratory skilled in RLS management
  • Nerve conduction studies if required
  • Management of generalized anxiety state (often co existing with RLS)
  • Pain management if painful variant of RLS
  • Polysomnography in a sleep laboratory skilled in RLS management
  • Nerve conduction studies if required
  • Management of generalized anxiety state (often co existing with RLS)
  • Pain management if painful variant of RLS

Treatment follows licenced and unlicensed treatment ( if the first option fails) and sometimes combined therapies. Management may follow a pathway as per the below image.

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Restless Leg Syndrome Diagnosis

At Dementech Neuroscience, our team of clinicians can provide rapid and accurate diagnosis of this disease.

Our specialist RLS doctors will assess the description of your symptoms, focusing on:

  • The frequency and severity of the symptoms
  • When your symptoms most occur
  • Whether pressure or movement relieves the sensations
  • If the symptoms subside in the early morning 
  • The effect these symptoms have on your quality of sleep

Pathway for management of RLS in the clinic:

All patients referred for management of RLS in the clinic receive a specific pathway driven management plan.

This includes:

  • Pre assessment with health questionnaire
  • RLS severity scale assessment
  • RLS nonmotor symptoms assessment
  • Anxiety and depression assessment
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Prof. K. Ray Chaudhuri – Parkinson’s Specialist in London

RLS relief with Professor K Ray Chaudhuri and Team

Professor K Ray Chaudhuri recognized the need for specialized management of RLS and wil Eileen Gill formed RLS:UK in late 1990’s. This developed into a charity called RLS:UK /Ekbom Syndrome Association society later in 2010.

Professor Chaudhuri has written two textbooks on RLS including the first textbook on RLS with Professors Per Odin and Warren Olanow.

He has contributed to several European RLS initiatives as well as being part of American Academy of Neurogy Task force on RLS which have published their new guidelines on treatment of RLS in the Neurology journal.

He is also the author of a GP guideline for RLS (https://www.guidelines.co.uk/neurology-/rls-uk-restless-leg-syndrome-guideline/25) adopted by RLS:UK. In 2016 he was awarded the Andrew Wilson prize for services to people with RLS in the UK by RLS:UK.

Patients are screened if they have had serum ferritin, vitamin B12, folate, haemoglobin and thyroid function tests. Once a diagnosis is confirmed after alternative diagnosis are excluded (positional discomfort, nocturnal cramps, PLM, radiculopathy, peripheral neuropathy), patients are then given full management advise with sleep hygiene and also a neuropsychiatry intervention if required by a specialist.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES THE CONSULTATION ENTAIL?

The consultation will begin with an assessment, followed by a diagnosis. Once you have received your diagnosis, you will be given a management plan and will be prescribed with medication. You will also receive a full consultation report.

CAN YOU ARRANGE TESTS?

All tests can be arranged prior to your consultation with us and ever after the consultation.

HOW QUICKLY CAN I BE SEEN?

We endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible.

IF I AM SEEN PRIVATELY, WILL I BE TAKEN OFF THE NHS WAITING LIST?

No. Seeing a doctor at Dementech will not affect your care through the NHS.

DO YOU OFFER VIDEO CALLS?

Dementech Neurosciences is now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street. We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

DO YOU PROVIDE FINANCE?

At this current time we do not offer finance. Payments will need to be made prior to tests and consultations.

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Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer the right treatment and management. Moreover, we offer the opportunity to participate in clinical trials testing novel pharmacological intervention, before they become available to the public, aiming to treat and delay the progression of the disease.