Why do tests in RLS?
We want to see if there is an underlying disorder which could cause the symptoms of RLS, and which could be easily corrected.
There is a lot we don’t understand about RLS, although the usual statement is that RLS is a neurological disorder and is related to disturbances in dopamine levels in the brain which is why the dopaminergic drugs such as pramipexole (Mirapex), rotigotine (Neupro), and ropinirole (Requip) are prescribed.
It is also usually stated that there are no tests for RLS. This is true as far as it goes - there are no specific tests which will tell you whether or not you do have RLS, but there are some tests which could explain why you have RLS symptoms.
We know that RLS is more likely in association with some common disorders such as
and we have realised that many patients are started on medications for RLS without being properly tested for these other conditions.
For some time we have advised patients who want to visit the Clinic to have certain blood tests done first, to screen for some of these known associations. We know that some patients who had a problem picked up on these screening tests have then been able to deal with that problem without travelling to the RLS Clinic.
We assume that all patients will already have had a Full Blood Count and tests for diabetes carried out by the GP, so these are the further tests we suggest:
For a lot of people, getting a blood test through the GP is difficult, or they find that the GP is not very sympathetic or helpful or knowledgeable about RLS. These tests can all be done as fingerprick tests in your own home. Simply follow this link to order online through Medichecks.