Medical Minute: Help for Restless Legs

This is a great achievement for Beverly Cato. She can sit, relax and read. It may seem simple, but she hasn't been able to do it for years.

"I thought it was normal. I just thought it was me, a constant need to move. It's uncontrollable."

Beverly suffers from restless legs syndrome. She shows us how she had to constantly move her legs. It was a real problem at night. Sleep was next to impossible.

Beverly Cato said, "There's no relief, your legs are just constantly tense and unless you move, you get a bit relief."

Steven Cohen, MD, PhD Neurologist, said, "A lot of people feel like they are going crazy."

Restless legs syndrome affects up to 10 percent of the population.

Steven Cohen said, "The key thing is it's not present when they are up and walking.
It's only when they are sitting or lying down."

Neurologist Steven Cohen says, while they don't know what causes it, researchers do know the same dopamine medications used to treat Parkinson's disease can help patients.

Steven Cohen said, "Why the extra dopamine helps in restless legs syndrome we don't know."

Oral medications were available in the past, but now new research shows a patch with the drug Rotigotine is an even better choice.

Steven Cohen said, "Not everyone has gotten 100 percent relief, but everyone that I've seen has gotten pretty good relief. The major benefit is you put it on and forget it."

It's working for Beverly. Every day when she puts on her make up, she also puts on her patch so she can live life without restless legs.

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Stephen Cohen
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