Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

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What is Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?

Periodic limb movement disorder involves repetitive limb movements that occur mainly during the light stages of sleep. Movements primarily arise in the lower limbs which may interfere with restful sleep. It may be present with Restless Legs Syndrome.

What is it like to have Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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What do patients take to treat Periodic Limb Movement Disorder and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members
Perceived effectiveness
Overall rating of side effects
# of Evaluations

These charts show data from Periodic Limb Movement Disorder patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Periodic Limb Movement Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 6
30s 28
40s 64
50s 65
60s 22
70+ 6


Distribution of females vs. males

83% Females
17% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 14
20-29 years 10
30-39 years 20
40-49 years 17
50-59 years 10
60-69 years 1
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 76
Not Diagnosed 28

These charts show data from Periodic Limb Movement Disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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