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

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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with periodic limb movement disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Treatment name(s)

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

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Carnitor)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
2
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2

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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Perceived effectiveness
for periodic limb movement disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness headaches 2 more
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
excessive sleeping (hypersomnia)
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
mood swings
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for periodic limb movement disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Carnitor)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
loopy feeling
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
vomiting
Total evaluations
3
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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 1
20s 2
30s 36
40s 71
50s 86
60s 53
70+ 19
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 18
20-29 years 16
30-39 years 29
40-49 years 24
50-59 years 10
60-69 years 2
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 50
Female 220

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 120
Not Diagnosed 30

These charts show data from periodic limb movement disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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