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Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment London

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.

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that affects approximately 10% of the population. RLS patients tend to have an uncontrollable urge to move their legs during periods of inactivity, mostly at night time. The urge to move is typically followed by uncomfortable or painful sensations in the legs, making it difficult for patients with RLS to sleep and impacting their overall health. Dementech Neurosciences diagnose and effectively treat patients with RLS, helping them to retain a better quality of life.

Why Choose Dementech For Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment?

  • Home to the UK’s leading RLS specialist, Professor K Ray Chaudhuri, and his expert team
  • Ability to quickly and effectively diagnose RLS and begin early intervention treatment
  • Prices Starting at £485
  • Dedicated Patient Advisors and bespoke treatment plans for every patient
  • Rapid and advanced testing facilities
  • Ongoing support for patients and their families
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What is Restless Leg Syndrome?

Restless leg 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. It can cause unpleasant sensations like crawling or pins and needles in the feet and legs, and sometimes, symptoms can be felt in the arms, too.

The severity of the condition differs from person to person, with some people experiencing mild symptoms only occasionally, whilst others have severe symptoms that regularly disrupt their everyday lives.

Restless leg syndrome is poorly recognised 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 condition is severe needing specialist treatment and pathways. At Dementech Neurosciences, we facilitate a multifaceted approach to treating RLS, focusing on early diagnosis and early intervention treatment with our specialists.

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Same Day Consultations

We believe early intervention is key, and that’s why we are proud to offer most of our patients same day consultations

Same Day Assessment

When you come into the clinic, you will undergo expert testing immediately so that a diagnosis can be made as soon as possible.

Patient Advisor Consultations

You will be assigned a Patient Advisor who will determine a bespoke treatment plan and offer ongoing support and advice.

Prices Starting at £485

Prices for an hour-long consultation start at £485. Each follow up appointment will cost £265. We always maintain full transparency about our costs.

Video Consultations Available

If you can’t attend the clinic in person for your consultation, we offer video consultations on FaceTime, WhatsApp, and Skype.


Discover More About Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome Symptoms:

The main symptom that characterises RLS is the overwhelming impulse to move your legs, typically when you’re resting or inactive. The sensations vary from person to person, but have been described as feeling like:

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

The severity of the sensations depends on the person. Some people find that their symptoms are mild and wear off quickly, but other people find their restless leg symptoms to be unbearable and painful, causing disruption to their sleeping and resting patterns.

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

  • Walking or pacing up and down
  • Bouncing their legs
  • Shaking their legs while sleeping

Some RLS patients find it difficult to sit for extended periods of time without experiencing symptoms. This can make travelling in the car or on a plane difficult, especially if the journey is long.

They may also experience involuntary leg spasms, waking them 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, others may experience severe RLS symptoms more than twice a week, frequently interrupting sleep affecting daily life.

In some cases, people with RLS may experience a brief remission, though the symptoms generally get worse over time depending on the health of the individual.

Restless Leg Syndrome Diagnosis & Treatment at Dementech

There isn’t one specific restless leg syndrom test that can be carried out to confirm if you have restless leg syndrome, but a series of tests and questions can be performed and asked in order to make the right diagnosis.

At Dementech Neurosciences, our specialist RLS doctors will assess the description of your symptoms, focusing on:

  • The frequency and severity of the symptoms
  • When your symptoms usually 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

Additional tests offered (if required) include:

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

All patients referred for management of RLS at Dementech Neurosciences 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

We offer a range of combined therapies to treat RLS, including medications like dopamine agonists, sleep medications, painkillers, and lifestyle changes. Book a consultation with Dementech today to get a restless leg syndrome test and understand what is causing this condition and how to treat it.

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Choosing a Private Neurologist

There are several reasons why you may choose to go with a private neurologist for your RLS treatment, some of which we discuss below:

Leading RLS Treatment Specialists

Dementech Neurosciences is home to the leading RLS specialists in Europe, meaning our patients have access to the leading private neurologist for RLS in the country.

Professor K Ray Chaudhuri recognized the need for specialised management of RLS, and with 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 the American Academy of Neurology Task force on RLS which published their new guidelines on treatment of RLS in the Neurology journal.

He is also the author of a GP guideline for RLS 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.

Cutting edge treatment and diagnostics for Restless Leg Syndrome

Under Professor Chaudhuri and his team, you will receive the very best treatment and access to the latest diagnostic and treatment technology.

No long waiting lists

You don’t have to wait for weeks for referrals to specialists, and your test results will be available within 48 hours. You will receive a quick and accurate diagnosis and ongoing support and advice to help you.

Flexible appointments to suit you

We offer our patients same day consultations and testing in almost all cases. We also provide video consultations to those who are unable to make it into the clinic.

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Our team of Restless Leg Syndrome experts in London provide expert care to diagnose, manage and treat Restless Leg Syndrome symptoms.

FAQs About Restless Leg Syndrome

What is Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)?

Restless Leg Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by an irresistible urge for someone to move their legs, usually accompanied by unpleasant sensations such crawling, tingling, or itching.

What causes Restless Leg Syndrome?

The exact cause of RLS is unknown, but it is thought to involve problems with the regulation of dopamine, a chemical in the brain that helps control movement.

Many contributing factors influence restless leg syndrome. These include anti-nausea medicines, antipsychotic medication, antidepressants that raise serotonin, and cold and allergy treatments that contain older antihistamines. Each of these may worsen your RLS symptoms.

How can I stop Restless Leg Syndrome?

There is no cure for RLS, but symptoms can be managed with lifestyle changes, medications, and physical treatments. Some effective treatments include dopaminergic drugs, iron supplements, and moderate physical activity.

Can Restless Leg Syndrome happen anytime?

Symptoms commonly occur in the late afternoon or evening hours, and are often most severe at night when a person is resting, such as sitting or lying in bed.

How is RLS diagnosed?

A diagnosis of RLS is usually made based on the symptoms reported by the patient and the pattern of symptoms. A sleep study may be recommended to rule out other sleep disorders.

How quickly can we get an MRI, blood test, and other testing done?

We carry out tests for Restless Leg Syndrome within two days of them being requested, and we will get the results back within 48 hours.

Do you offer video calls?

If you’re unable to make it to an in-person consultation at the clinic, your consultant can arrange a video call with you via Skype, WhatsApp, or FaceTime.

How quickly can we get an MRI, blood test, and other testing done?

We carry out tests within 48 hours of a request being made, and we will get your results back to you within 48 hours.

What does the consultation entail?

During a consultation we will carry out an assessment for RLS and go through your medical history with a view to getting a diagnosis. From there, you will receive a treatment plan and a full consultation report.

How quickly can I be seen for symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome?

Where possible, we aim to see patients the same day. We wil respond to your request within 24 hours (48 hours on weekends).

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