Desperate for Answers
From diagnosis to daily living, restless leg syndrome is both a mysterious and agonizing disorder
For decades, Jan Tymrak, 60, struggled to find out why she experienced uncomfortable sensations in her legs at night. Only standing or moving them would relieve the discomfort and enable her to eventually fall asleep. Her mother had complained of similar symptoms, but never found the cause.
Tymrak sought many doctors’ advice, only to be told that it was due to her type 2 diabetes and obesity. Prescribed medications didn't help. In 2012, she had a gastric sleeve procedure performed. Although she dropped 60 pounds, the restlessness in her legs significantly worsened, and the diabetes didn't improve.
Desperate to find answers, Tymrak researched on the Internet. From what she could ascertain, her symptoms were a perfect match for restless leg syndrome (RLS), a neurological disorder that affects up to 10 percent of the U.S. population.
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