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Restless legs syndrome is a sleep disorder. It causes unpleasant sensations in the legs, which are described as:
You usually have these sensations in the calf, but they may be felt anywhere from the thigh to the ankle. One or both of your legs may be affected. Some people may have the sensations in the arms. With RLS, you have an irresistible urge to move the affected limb when the sensations occur. Moving often briefly relieves the limb discomfort.
Sleep problems are common with RLS because of the difficulty it causes in getting to sleep. Severe daytime fatigue can also be a big problem.
The cause of RLS is still unknown. Some cases are believed to be inherited. Some cases have been linked with nerve damage in the legs due to diabetes, kidney problems, or alcoholism.
As many as 1 in 10 people in the U.S. may have RLS.
Sensations occur when you lie down or sit for a prolonged time. This causes:
Your doctor will consider your age, overall health and other factors when advising treatment for you.
Treatment options for restless legs syndrome may include:
Consult your doctor for more information regarding the treatment of restless legs syndrome.
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