Donate to Restless Legs Syndrome Research, Patient Care and Education

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that involves an uncomfortable sensation, such as tingling, burning or aching in the legs, usually at night. Many patients complain that they cannot sleep due to these unpleasant bursts of feeling in their legs. Because the sensation improves with movement and worsens with rest, many people will get out of bed to walk around, disturbing their sleep patterns. This disorder continues to plague sufferers even after they fall asleep, as they might kick their legs all night. When you make a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will become an integral part of Northwestern Medicine’s exceptional care and services in the area of sleep disorders such as RLS.

The majority of patients with RLS develop the disorder after the age of 45, but it may occur earlier in life, depending on genetics. When RLS runs in the family, a patient has a three to six times greater chance of inheriting the disorder and will have a higher likelihood of developing the disorder earlier in life. Aided by your support, specialists at Northwestern Medicine will be able to continue their efforts to detect RLS even before symptoms begin and to fully educate patients about the condition

While RLS is predominantly a nighttime disorder, it also may surface during the daylight hours, especially when sufferers sit down for long periods of time. In many cases, an underlying medical condition is to blame for these uncomfortably itchy, burning and throbbing sensations. With the help of your financial support, specialists in sleep disorders at Northwestern Medicine will be able to diagnose some of the most common underlying causes of RLS, such as:

  • Iron deficiency: May cause problems with brain cell communication, therefore, causing RLS symptoms
  • Diabetes: Can damage blood vessels and nerves, leading to RLS
  • Medications: RLS is a side effect of many allergy medicines, antihistamines, antidepressants  and anti-nausea medications

Restless Legs Syndrome Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Your philanthropy will ensure that Northwestern Medicine continues to offer the very finest care to people affected by RLS – care that includes appropriate medication recommendations, lifestyle changes or a combination of both. Furthermore, your generous contribution will further strengthen Northwestern Medicine’s programs that have earned accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the largest professional medical society for clinicians and scientists in the field of sleep medicine. Northwestern Medicine has achieved this honor due to its comprehensive, personalized care for patients affected by RLS and other sleep disorders. With your help, we will continue to be nationally recognized as a site for the exceptional treatment of sleep disorders.

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