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.

Common symptoms reported by people with Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

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Treatments taken by people with Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

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Type
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Treatment name(s)

(Requip)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
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(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Insomnia (5) Pain (5)
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
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Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
6
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Horizant)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
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(Mirapex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Pain (1)
1 more

Data from patients with Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

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Treatment name(s)

(Requip)
Perceived effectiveness
for Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Muscle twitching (fasciculations) Nausea and vomiting
How many evaluations
7
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry eyes Dry mouth 2 more
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Insomnia (5) Pain (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Impulsive behaviors Memory problems
How many evaluations
1
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Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Excessive dry mouth
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (5)
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(Horizant)
Perceived effectiveness
for Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint Restless legs at night 2 more
How many evaluations
5
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Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Chorea movements
How many evaluations
1
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Anorgasmia Emotional numbness or flatness
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Pain (1)
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Data from patients with Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Periodic Limb Movement Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 6
30s 31
40s 73
50s 64
60s 26
70+ 10

Sex

Distribution of sex

83% Female
17% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 18
20-29 years 13
30-39 years 23
40-49 years 17
50-59 years 10
60-69 years 2
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 91
Not Diagnosed 29

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