What Is Augmentation?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) augmentation is a formidable foe. It describes a not-uncommon phenomenon in which—after weeks, months, or years of a patient’s RLS (also known by the newer name of Willis-Ekbom disease) being well controlled by a dopamine drug—the symptoms become more intense, take less time to occur when at rest, manifest earlier in the day, return more quickly after taking therapeutic medication, and may spread to other parts of the body.

This article, written by Dr. Mark Buchfuhrer, is one of the best we have read!


'It annoys me because sometimes it's embarrassing': How restless leg syndrome is affecting the lives of many

"When I'm trying to use my laptop for work it keeps making miss-spell things, so when I'm on the train if there is space I put it on the seat next to me.

"I get it more at work when my brain is working the most, it annoys me because sometimes it's embarrassing."

Amanda Hume, from Braintree, watched the programme which aired on Tuesday, April 4.

'Frustrating' restless leg syndrome investigated in new series

RESTLESS leg syndrome is affecting more people than we think.

Halstead residents who suffer from the syndrome, also known at Willis-Ekbom disease, have spoken out about the irresistible urge to move their legs.

RLS In The Sun newspaper, further to Channel 5 programme.

What is restless leg syndrome, what are the causes and is there a treatment? All you need to know.

Around one in 10 people experience restless leg syndrome at some point during their life.

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