In this health video learn how a new ankle strap is helping doctors diagnose restless legs to help patients find relief.
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Jennifer Matthews: Flower shop owner Betty Shaw and her daughter Cyndi Foshee take pride in their colorful creations, but a lack of sleep was taking a toll on both of them. Cyndi Foshee: When you don't sleep at night, it's hard to keep your concentration. Jennifer Matthews: Betty and Cyndi suffer from restless legs syndrome or RLS. At night, they have an uncontrollable need to move their legs. Betty Shaw: My legs jerk first. Then it feels like something crawling in it, it's almost like something is biting on me. Dr. David Rye: A sort of a movement like this occurs about every 22 seconds. Jennifer Matthews: In just an hour, you can see how much this person moved. Every black line indicates a kick. Dr. David Rye: You'll see folks that can kick 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 times an hour. Jennifer Matthews: The strongest kicks. Dr. David Rye: That would be sort of a movement like that. Jennifer Matthews: Now neurologist David Rye is using this to diagnose RLS. Patients strap it on their ankle. It detects any movement collecting data ten times a second over five nights. David Rye: You're actually able to discriminate a movement and then the movement going away. Jennifer Matthews: Doctors don't know what causes restless legs. But by using the information from the ankle device and other research, RLS is now being linked to gene variance that may cause up to 80% of cases. Cyndi Foshee: My 18-year-old daughter starting to show the signs of it. It breaks your heart. Jennifer Matthews: Another reason, this family hopes the new information will lead to a cure and let them go on with their sweet smelling business without feeling tired. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.