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Introduction to PLMD

Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a sleep disorder characterized by rhythmic movements of the limbs during sleep. The movements typically involve the legs, but upper extremity movements may also occur. Movements occur periodically throughout the night and can fluctuate in severity from one night to the next. They tend to cluster in episodes that last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. These movements are very different from the normal spasms, called hypnic myoclonia, that we often experience initially while trying to fall asleep.

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Comment from: Sahara5150, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

My problem with PLMD started about 5 years ago. Initially it was only my legs that began twitching at night, always as I am dozing off to sleep. The problem has increased over the years to now include my arms, shoulders and upper back, and look like I am having seizures. Typically they last for 2 or 3 hours, but I've had spells last as long as 8 hours. Klonopin is what the doctor prescribed, and all I can tell it does is make me feel stoned while I twitch. Walking seems to be the only way to stop the jerking, but it only helps until I lay back down, then I start flopping all over again. It seems to happen on average about twice a week, but sometimes every night. This, along with my fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis, is making life unbearable.

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Comment from: rks, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I call my PLMD (periodic limb movement disorder) moving toes, because my toes start moving and wake me up. When this happens I go to the kitchen, slice an apple or two with the peel and eat the apple in bed. I also eat one small piece of dark chocolate at least 72 percent cacao. If I wake up a second time later, I again do the apple dark chocolate routine. I make sure I avoid all kinds of white sugar as well as ice cream of any kind. I may have a problem since I take depression medicine.

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