RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME
GHET and RLS
For RLS we base our no needle GHET treatment method on the successful drug-free approach we have been using in the clinic for several years. Some people achieved better than 90% reduction in symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome. The average reduction in symptoms was 68% (which is a similar effectiveness to drugs, but without drug side effects).
When we looked at the last group of 16 patients who had treatment in the clinic, ALL of the 14 patients who completed the course experienced a reduction in symptom severity.
The average reduction in RLS symptoms over the treatment programme was 66% (range 48-97%).
The 7 patients who were taking medications in this pilot study were all showing symptoms of augmentation (which is when the symptoms become more severe, start earlier in the day, and often spread to include the arms as well as legs). Despite this, their average improvement with the positional release programme was 68%, including one 78 year old who showed a 97% improvement in symptoms over 5 sessions.
If you are already taking drugs for RLS then this approach should help you reduce your medications and start to wean from them.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease or WED. It is now usually referred to as WED/RLS, but most doctors and patients still know it as RLS. We continue to just use RLS therefore.
RLS can be painful:
The majority of patients state that their sensations are not "painful" although they are unpleasant. Pain symptoms occur in about 20% of patients (although 80% may report some pain - this probably depends on how people define pain).
Some patients have pain and, separately, an urge to move. This occurs most commonly with peripheral neuropathy when patients experience a burning, surface pain in their feet. True RLS (as an urge to move) is rarely isolated to the feet.
Pain symptoms may be caused by long-term treatment with the dopaminergics - often prescribed for RLS. Long term treatment with these leads to a change in quality of the symptoms to a more painful sensation as part of augmentation - a recognised side effect of these drugs.
Augmentation means that when you have been taking dopaminergic medications for a while, your symptoms get worse. Often patients feel better when they first start taking drugs but within a year or so their symptoms worsen, beginning earlier in the day, lasting longer, perhaps spreading to arms as well as legs or sometimes becoming painful.
Have you got RLS?
It can take a long time for people to have their RLS diagnosed, because the symptoms can be so strange. But a group of neurologists came up with this single question, and if you answer “yes” then it’s virtually certain you have RLS.
"When you try to relax in the evening or sleep at night, do you ever have unpleasant, restless feelings in your legs that can be relieved by walking or movement?“.
This question has 100% sensitivity and 96.8% specificity for the diagnosis of RLS.