Restless legs syndrome, also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, can begin at any age and generally worsens as you age. It can disrupt sleep, which interferes with daily activities.
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move the legs, usually because of an uncomfortable sensation. It typically happens in the evening or night-time hours when you’re sitting or lying down. Moving eases the unpleasant feeling temporarily.
RLS symptoms as compelling, unpleasant sensations in the legs or feet. Usually happen on both sides of the body. Less commonly, the sensations affect the arms.
The sensations, which generally occur within the limb rather than on the skin, are described as:
Sometimes the sensations are difficult to explain. People with RLS usually don’t describe the condition as a muscle cramp or numbness. They do, however, consistently describe the desire to move the legs.
It’s common for symptoms to fluctuate in severity. Sometimes, symptoms disappear for periods of time, then come back.
If you have restless legs syndrome (RLS), there’s a good chance it’s genetic. Studies have shown that up to 92% of patients with RLS have a first-degree relative with the disorder. This means that if your parents have RLS, you’re more likely to develop it too. People with a genetic link to RLS tend to develop symptoms earlier in life (before age 45) than those without the genetic link.
In addition to the genetic source, many medical problems are closely associated with the development of RLS, including:
There are also some medications that can contribute to the development of RLS. These include antidepressants, allergy drugs and anti-nausea medications. Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol can also make RLS symptoms worse.
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Taking simple steps can help ease Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) symptoms:
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Dopamine. There’s evidence to suggest restless legs syndrome is related to a problem with part of the brain called the basal ganglia. The basal ganglia uses a chemical (neurotransmitter) called dopamine to help control muscle activity and movement.
During an episode of restless legs syndrome, the following measures may help relieve your symptoms: massaging your legs. taking a hot bath in the evening. applying a hot compress to your leg muscles. doing activities that distract your mind, such as reading or watching television.
These long-term complications can be broadly categorised as disease-related (impact on sleep and acute exacerbation of restless legs syndrome symptoms), and medication issues (augmentation, sleep attacks, impulse control disorders, addiction and dependence, site reaction, occasionally sleep apnea, fibrotic .
There’s no single test for diagnosing restless legs syndrome. A diagnosis will be based on your symptoms, medical history and family history, a physical examination, and test results. Your GP should be able to diagnose restless legs syndrome, but they may refer you to a neurologist if there’s any uncertainty.
In most cases, the cause of RLS is unknown (called primary RLS). However, RLS has a genetic component and can be found in families where the onset of symptoms is before age 40. Specific gene variants have been associated with RLS. Evidence indicates that low levels of iron in the brain also may be responsible for RLS.