Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological, movement disorder characterized by throbbing, pulling, creeping, or other unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable, and sometimes overwhelming urge to move them. The most distinctive aspect of the condition is that lying down and trying to relax activates the symptoms and moving the legs relieves the discomfort.

Restless legs syndrome appears to be related to three primary conditions:

  • chronic diseases such as kidney failure, diabetes and neuropathy
  • certain medications, including anti-nausea drugs, antipsychotics
  • antidepressants and some antihistamines
  • pregnancy


Most Restless Leg Syndrome can be treating the underlying condition or with medication. There is no single medication that effectively treats all individuals, so trial is often necessary to determine which one is affective in the case of the individual. RLS may be a lifelong condition that requires treatment.


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