Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes unpleasant sensations in the legs and causes an irresistible urge to move them. This can result in an inability to fall asleep and stay asleep, which can cause excessive daytime sleepiness. Understanding RLS and what you can do to manage it are important for those who have this disorder.
What is restless leg syndrome?
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes unpleasant sensations in the legs. The sensations are usually described as a “creepy-crawly” feeling, an itch or burning sensation and may be described as pins and needles. These sensations can be worse at night or when you are inactive.
What causes restless leg syndrome?
Restless leg syndrome is a common disorder that affects about 10% of the population. It’s also known as Willis-Ekbom disease and periodic limb movement disorder. People with RLS feel an irresistible urge to move their legs when they’re at rest, which can be distressing and interfere with sleep.
RLS usually starts during childhood or early adulthood, but it can occur at any age and often worsens as you get older. The condition occurs more often in women than in men, and it’s more common among people who are overweight or have other medical conditions.
Genetics play a role: If you have a family history of RLS, you’re more likely to develop this condition yourself. And if both your parents had RLS symptoms when they were young adults, there’s an even greater chance that you’ll be affected by this disorder too. Other factors that may contribute to restless leg syndrome include:
- Genetics—if someone has a family history of restless leg syndrome (RLS), there’s an increased likelihood that she will also develop it herself;
- Age—in general, younger people tend to experience symptoms earlier than older ones; however, we’ve seen patients as young as three years old come into our clinic with RLS already affecting their lives significantly;
Symptoms of restless leg syndrome.
- You feel like your legs are crawling, tingling, or burning.
- Your feet feel cold and numb.
Treatment for restless leg syndrome.
If you have restless leg syndrome, the first step to managing it is to talk with a doctor or healthcare provider. They will be able to provide information about symptoms and treatment options. Here’s what they might recommend:
- Medication: There are several different medications that can help reduce the symptoms of RLS. These include:
- Anticonvulsants (e.g., gabapentin and pregabalin)
- Anti-depressants (e.g., amitriptyline)
- Opioid receptor antagonists (e.g., naltrexone)
Restless leg syndrome can be difficult to manage, but there are things that you can do to help.
Restless leg syndrome, or RLS, is a neurological condition that causes your legs to feel like they’re moving. It can be difficult to manage and often goes undiagnosed. Most people with RLS don’t realize that they have it until they start looking into their symptoms and find out that others are experiencing the same ones.
The first step in helping someone with restless leg syndrome is knowing what treatments and medicines work for them—and which ones don’t work at all. There are tons of medications out there, but not everyone will respond the same way to treatment methods (and some treatments might not work at all). If you’re interested in helping someone manage their symptoms, ask them how they’ve been treating themselves so far: do they take medication? Do they use supplements? Do any other therapies help? What else works for them? The more information you have about their situation, the better equipped you’ll be when deciding on options for yourself as well!
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes an intense urge to move your legs. It usually affects people who are resting or sleeping and can make it difficult for them to get the rest they need. There are many different treatments available for this condition, but most of them focus on relieving symptoms rather than curing it altogether.
Although RLS can be managed with medication, there are some natural remedies that are just as effective at treating this condition without any side effects from prescription drugs or over-the-counter painkillers. You can also practice mindfulness techniques such as meditation, yoga and deep breathing exercises which help reduce anxiety levels which may contribute towards restless leg syndrome symptoms.