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Social Security Disability For Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) causes discomfort and an urge to move your legs constantly. Caffeine, smoking and alcohol make the symptoms worse. People with RLS have difficulty lying or sitting comfortably. There are some medications that can help with the symptoms as do certain lifestyle changes. RLS is sometimes manifested by a creeping, tingling or burning feeling in the legs. Movement temporarily makes these symptoms subside. Sometimes RLS is related to conditions such as pregnancy or iron deficiency.

Periodic limb movement syndrome (PLMS) is similar to RLS but is more likely to occur during sleep where RLS is more likely to be present when the individual is awake. PLMS may occur in conjunction with other sleep disorders.

Although Social Security has no specific listing for RLS or PLMS, it is likely related to a neurological disorder and may be reviewed based upon how it impacts an individual’s ability to stand, walk or sit. Also the side effects of the condition including extreme discomfort may impact the ability to sleep making an individual very tired and unable to focus or pay attention during the day. The medications prescribed for these conditions also have significant side effects, including drowsiness, dizziness and lack of focus which may interfere with the ability to work. Many individuals with RLS and PLMS also have sleep apnea in addition to others who are merely sleep deprived. These conditions are treated by neurologists and pulmonary specialists.

In order to prove your disability to Social Security, you need to either document that your condition or conditions meet or equal in severity the criteria found in the Social Security Commissioner’s regulations or, if you are an adult, that your condition and symptoms are so severe that you are unable to work. If you are a child under 18, you must similarly show that your condition or conditions meet or equal in severity the criteria in the Social Security Commissioner’s regulations or that your condition or conditions functionally equals the Commissioner’s regulations.

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