Medical Rounds with Dr. Joy Antonelle De Marcaida

The National Institutes of Health estimates that each year, at least 40-million Americans suffer from long term sleep disorders. Dr. J. Antonelle de Marcaida of the David & Rhoda Chase Family Movement Disorders Center says about 5-million of them may have moderate to severe restless legs syndrome or RLS.



Q. What is Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)?
A. RLS is a common but under recognized neurological condition characterized by unpleasant sensations in the limbs resulting in an uncontrollable urge to move them. It occurs most commonly at night, thus frequently preventing or interrupting sleep.

Q. How would someone know if they had RLS?
A. The diagnostic criteria or clinical definition of RLS is best remembered by the acronym U-R-G-E, referring to U–unpleasant sensation in the legs or limbs, occurring when a person is at R–rest, relieved by G–getting up and going, and is usually worst in the E-evening.

Q. You will be giving a talk in a couple of weeks about sleep impairment in RLS and Parkinson’s disease, is there a connection between the two conditions?
A. Sleep impairment is a common and frequently debilitating problem in both conditions, and interestingly, although they do not share a common pathology in the brain, they are both treated effectively by a class of medication called dopaminergic drugs. There may be a higher incidence of RLS in patients with PD, but not vice versa.

Q. What can patients with RLS expect when they come to the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center?
A. At the Center, we have specialists who have been trained in the evaluation and treatment of patients with movement disorders, including RLS and Parkinson’s disease. We offer the latest diagnostic and therapeutic options for these conditions, and provide not only oral medications, but also wellness programs, alternative treatments such as acupuncture, psychosocial support and opportunities to participate in clinical trials.


For more information

Visit: Sleep Disorders Center
Visit: Chase Family Movement Disorders Center

Attend: Free Educational Seminar, Jan. 26, 2017


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