Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a common condition that is estimated to affects 10% of Americans. People with RLS report a strong urge to move their legs. They describe uncomfortable sensations typically occurring deep in their lower extremities. These feelings are temporarily relieved with movement. They can be burning, prickly, achy, or tingling. These sensations usually occur in the evening or night.
Though the sensations are usually not painful they are incredibly unpleasant and can interfere with ones ability to enjoy relaxing sedentary activities such as dining, watching TV, going to the theatre, or socializing with friends. Furthermore many people with RLS have difficulty sleeping due to their urge to move their legs. People with RLS often report tiredness and fatigue due to their poor sleep. They also are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.
Renal disease, pregnancy and iron deficiency can contribute to RLS. There are a variety of medical conditions which can mimic symptoms of RLS including vitamin deficiencies, spinal cord dysfunction, radiculopathies, and peripheral neuropathy.
Fortunately there are a variety of non habit forming medications which effectively treat RLS. For evaluation please contact the Neurology Center and request a consultation with one of our specialists.