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Kicking, Twitching, Dancing

Living with restless legs syndrome.

The neurological condition and sleep disorder known as restless leg syndrome (RLS) is characterized by, you guessed it, restless legs. People with this condition feel an irresistible urge to move their legs, or other body parts, in order to relieve an uncomfortable sensation. This sensation is described as feelings of “pins and needles,” “tingling,” “itchiness,” or “creepy crawly.”

Most frequently felt when sitting for long periods or when lying down, RLS makes restful sleep hard to come by. And RLS symptoms aren’t always the same. They may be relatively mild and infrequent or they may be severe to the point of disrupting your sleep and therefore reducing your quality of life.

What causes this condition and is there anything you can do to relieve its symptoms?

A Restless Root

At this point in time, the cause of RLS is unknown for most patients. It may be the result of an abnormal use of iron by the brain, but no one is sure. What is known is that it is most often diagnosed in adults middle age and older, though it may affect anyone at any age. More women than men suffer from RLS, and it can be hereditary.

Those with certain health conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, chronic kidney disease, iron deficiency, and peripheral neuropathy are all more likely to suffer from RLS. Treating these conditions may lessen the symptoms of RLS.

Chronic stress, being emotional, pregnancy, caffeine, alcohol, withdrawal from sedatives, and the use of certain medications can also increase the likelihood of RLS or worsen its symptoms. However, it’s unclear how tight a connection there is between RLS and these issues.

Waiting makes me restless. - Reba McEntire

Complicating Matters

The uncomfortable sensations of RLS are most frequently felt in the lower leg, though they can be experienced in the feet, upper legs, or arms. The sensation is relieved by walking or moving your legs or whatever body part is affected.

When these symptoms come and go throughout the night or last for an hour or longer, your sleep is disrupted. Many patients also have what are called rhythmic leg movements, or periodic limb movement disorder, while they sleep, which also affects sleep. Without sufficient hours of continuous, deep sleep, your body doesn’t get the rest it needs for optimal function. This lack of sleep can cause daytime drowsiness, depression, anxiety, confusion, and an inability to focus.

RLS isn’t, however, confined to the dark hours. It can also show up during the day. When experienced during the day while sitting for long periods of time can make long car rides, airplane flights, school classes, or meetings difficult, as the need to move can become unbearable.

Shaking Ceased

Though there is currently no instant cure for RLS, medical advances have made it possible to treat the symptoms. But some of the best treatments don’t involve medical care at all.

For those with mild or moderate RLS, it’s best to start with lifestyle changes and non-drug therapies. These include regular exercise; regular sleep patterns; avoiding caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol; and treating whatever health conditions may be associated with RLS. Other good options include leg massages, gentle stretching exercises, and a hot bath before going to bed.

In the event your symptoms are severe and your sleep is suffering greatly, prescription medications may be required. And there’s no one drug that works for everyone, so it may be trial and error. A medication that works for one person may make symptoms worse in another. In addition, certain drugs may slowly become less effective. When this happens, you’ll have to switch medications to hopefully land on another one that will work for a time.

No matter how long it takes to get your RLS under control, don’t give up! Reducing symptoms is possible, and once you find yourself getting the sleep you need, it’ll be worth all the effort.

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