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Restless legs syndrome affects mood

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) has been associated with depression, anxiety, excess weight, smoking and poor work ethic. The scientists were unsure if RLS influenced mood disorders, or if medication to treat depression and anxiety precipitated RLS. The condition tends to affect more women, and people after middle age, with severity increasing as the sufferer ages. RLS sufferers experience a neurological disturbance in their legs of tingling, burning, pulling and crawling sensations, which can cause distress to the person and pain. Relaxing causes the symptoms to present, resulting in sleeping disorders and extreme tiredness during the day, which affects their employment, social and personal lives. Treatment can include avoidance of caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, unnecessary medications, and exercise.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Senior Journal.com

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About: Restless legs syndrome affects mood

Date: 31 October 2005

Source: Senior Journal.com

URL: http://www.seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Health/5-10-31RestlessLegsSyndrome.htm

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