Sleep disorders are commonly associated with complications involving insomnia or depression. For some adults, however, the complications of a sleep disorder may be directly associated with a condition known as RLS, or restless leg syndrome. If you suffer from RLS, it is important to understand what diagnostic studies are available to you, including the use of voxel-based morphometry.

Voxel-based morphometry testing is utilized to assess brain activity when exposed to certain stimuli. As a way in which to narrow the focus of specific activity to a region of the brain, physicians are beginning to use voxel-based morphometry to assess brain complications that may be attributing to restless leg syndrome, RLS.

If your physician is recommending the voxel-based morphometry testing as part of your diagnostic study for restless leg syndrome, it is important to consider how your test can be adversely affected. If your physician has prescribed any form of medication that interacts with your nervous system, such as psychotropic medications, you can expect there may be an inaccurate test result when assessing your brain activity on a voxel-based morphometry.

In patients with restless leg syndrome, RLS, it has been found the condition can be diagnosed quite effectively with the use of the voxel-based morphometry. If your test demonstrates the gray matter is denser in the area of the ventral hippocampus, this is usually correlated with the development of restless leg syndrome. When dense, this area creates a hyper arousal of the sensory input which, in turn, leads to an increased urge to move your legs; a common symptoms of restless leg syndrome.

While there is very limited treatment available for RLS, the voxel-based morphometry test can provide for a greater opportunity to obtain an accurate diagnosis. In many cases, physicians prescribe medications that are designed to suppress the sensory and nervous systems in patients with RLS in an effort to promote sleep. Unfortunately, these treatments may be given without ever fully understanding the diagnosis for which they are being prescribed.

If your physician, therefore, suggests medication in response to your complaints of, what seems to be, restless leg syndrome, ask about voxel-based morphometry testing before you continue prescription mediation usage. In doing so, you can confirm your diagnosis and ensure the medications you are utilizing are the best options for your health complication. When voxel-based morphometry does not prove the complication is RLS, other diagnostic studies may be warranted to determine what other condition, outside of RLS, is causing your distress at bedtime.


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