Restless Legs Syndrome Overview (RLS)

Restless Legs Syndrome Overview (RLS)


Restless Legs Syndrome, often abbreviated RLS, is a neurological disorder, characterized by discomfort in certain parts of the body,
frequently the legs, and a strong urge to move the part affected. The discomfort is
often termed as a strange feeling, and the urge to move as overpowering. Many patients
associate the discomfort of RLS to feelings of pain, muscle ache and other unpleasant
sensations (e.g. Skin crawling). RLS is quite common, affecting up to 15% of
Americans, and is twice more common in females than in males. Body-parts affected by Restless
Legs Syndrome include most commonly the legs, although it can affect other parts of the
upper and lower body including the arms, head, neck and possibly phantom limbs.
Symptoms of RLS are more severe during late evening and into the night, and sensations
are more intense during times of “quiet”, where the person affected is sitting, lying
down, reading, relaxing and so on. Restless Legs Syndrome can be especially frequent during
sleep, which can be problematic for patients. RLS can lead to sleep disruptions, night-time
awakening and sleep deprivation. In Restless Legs Syndrome, moving the affected
body-part provides a temporary relief from symptoms, although these rapidly re-occur
once the movement stops. For as long as the affected body-part is in motion, the discomfort
is not felt. This is why patients with RLS typically move their feet sporadically. In most cases, Restless Legs Syndrome does
not require medical intervention, although medication might be required in certain extreme
cases. Please watch our other videos on the symptoms
and treatments of RLS, as well as how the condition should be approached in pregnancy,
and in children.

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  2. you move your legs it goes away just for 5 seconds then it starts again. No idea why or how the mechanics of it is so strange

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