Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

A Description of the Symptoms of RLS

Imagine that in the evenings, when you’re resting or watching television, at a movie theater, or on a plane, you have an irresistible urge to move because your legs have a creepy crawling feeling or there is a painful sensation in your legs. Imagine that the best option for relieving these symptoms is through movement. And sometimes, even at night, when you’re trying to sleep, the feelings continue and, again, are only relieved by movement. You get out of bed, walk around, gain some relief, but go back to bed, only to find that your legs are restless again, and require movement to alleviate the sensations that are keeping you awake.

The above examples describe what a patient with RLS might experience. RLS is a condition that impacts an estimated 2-3 % of people in the United States and Western Europe. Research in the last decade has uncovered further knowledge of RLS, such as hereditary tendencies, neurological roots of the condition as well as approved treatment options for patients whose RLS is severe enough to warrant more serious intervention for relief from RLS symptoms.