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Quiz – Kick, Stand

You’re yawning, your eyelids are heavy. Your body must be ready for sleep. Oh wait, no—your legs want to stay up! If this sounds like your nightly routine, you’re probably among the few million people in America that struggle with Restless Leg Syndrome. Stretching or getting up and pacing can help the symptoms of this movement disorder in the short-term, but at some point it can affect your quality of life. Take our quiz to learn more:

 

1. It is estimated that as many as 1 in 10 people in the Unites States have Restless Leg Syndrome.

A. True
B. False

 

2. Patients with RLS describe a _____ sensation that occurs when they lie down or sit for a prolonged period of time

A. Creeping
B. Crawling
C. Tingling
D. Pulling
E.  All of the above

3. Along with the discomfort of RLS as it’s happening, the condition can also put patients at risk for:

A. Muscle spasms
B. Increased appetite
C. Daytime fatigue
D. Poor balance

 

4. Up to 25 percent of women develop RLS during pregnancy.

A. True
B. False

 

5. If you have complaints of RLS, your doctor may order lab work to check for low levels of _____.

A. Potassium
B. Growth hormone
C. Magnesium
D. Iron

 

6. Only medication can relieve RLS symptoms.

A. True
B. False


Answers:

1.A.True. Though the degrees of its severity vary among patients, RLS is a common condition and the most common movement disorder.

2. E. All of the above. In some cases the sensations are difficult to describe, but still unpleasant. 

3. C. Daytime fatigue. Because RLS causes an irresistible urge to move your legs, and because it tends to occur at night, it can cause sleep problems which in turn lead to fatigue during the day. 

4. A. True. But those symptoms often disappear after birth. 

5. D. Iron. An iron deficiency has been linked to RLS in some cases, but it is not a cause of it. There have been similar links of RLS with nerve damage from diabetes, kidney problems, and certain medicines.

6. B. False. There are lifestyle changes that your doctor may suggest to help with RLS. These may include giving up caffeine and tobacco and starting a regular, moderate exercise program.     

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