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Dear Dr Miriam.

Byline: Miriam Stoppard

For 12 years I have suffered from restless legs. I have been told there's no cure but I went to the doctor and he gave me pramipexole tablets, which are no good. I'm getting desperate. For 12 years I haven't slept for longer than six hours and it's making me ill.

Dr Miriam says: Some doctors don't believe in Ekbom syndrome, restless legs, which causes a burning sensation in the legs and feet that may be relieved by moving them, sometimes continuously.

It's mainly found in elderly women and some studies have suggested a link with anxiety, depression and stress. The unpleasant creeping, prickling or burning sensation can begin soon after sitting or lying down but usually comes on in the evening and at night-time, causing disruption to sleep.

As yet, there's no cure for restless legs, but some people have found regular exercise, swimming, cool showers, yoga and relaxation exercises helpful. It's wise to avoid standing or sitting for long periods, catnaps during the day and heavy meals before bedtime.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 17, 2012
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