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Get Relief for Limb Movement Disorder

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Monday, 31 Jul 2017 04:11 PM Current | Bio | Archive

When President Barack Obama developed a facial tic under his right eye in 2008, he confessed that there were a lot of things keeping him up at night, but the tic was not one of them.

Such a small twitch is often unnoticeable to the person experiencing it.

That wouldn't have been the case if he'd had periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) — a more serious type of twitch that causes spontaneous movement of the hips, legs, ankles, and sometimes arms.

This condition, which is the one movement disorder that happens only during sleep, affects 34 percent of people over age 60.

PLMD is called "periodic" because the movements happen every 20 to 40 seconds. And it is considered a sleep disorder because it can cause daytime fatigue for you and your bedmate.

Experiencing symptoms of PLMD may indicate that you have deficiencies in neurotransmitters such as dopamine, or problems with the nerves running from the brain to the limbs.

PLMD also is associated with medication use, anemia, kidney problems, sleep apnea, diabetes, and spinal cord injury.

To ease the twitching, you can try taking a dopamine or a GABA agonist that makes certain neurotransmitters more available to your system. Antiseizure medications also are used.

Make sure you get as much physical activity as possible (at least 10,000 steps a day) and have a blood test to see if you're low on potassium, magnesium, or iron.

Also review your medications with your pharmacist or doctor to make sure they're not triggering PLMD.

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