Not Another Side Effect of Stroke Surely!?!?!

Despite my stroke, which was Ischemic, being nearly 4 years ago, I’ve recently started to experience Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) especially at night. Thankfully, it’s not all the time or everynight but it has been happening. I’ve also noticed that I’ve been more tired in the day even when I haven’t done much to make me tired. I know you shouldn’t but I took to Google and found that RLS can occur in people after stroke.

Restless leg syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease, can cause unpleasant sensation in the legs coupled with an urge to move them. This may result in sleepless nights which snowball into other secondary effects from stroke, like daytime sleepiness and chronic fatigue.

Studies suggest that lesions of the subcortical brain areas such as the pyramidal tract and the basal ganglia-brainstem axis, which are involved in motor functions and sleep-wake cycles, may lead to RLS symptoms in patients after an ischemic stroke.

Has anyone else experienced Restless Leg Syndrome after their stroke OR did you suffer with RLS before and it’s become worse after stroke??


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