Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. It typically happens in the evening or nighttime hours when you’re sitting or lying down. Oftentimes, people with restless leg syndrome complain of disrupted sleep. Sometimes it occurs after sitting for extended amounts of time in the car, airplane, etc. RLS may be associated with another, more common condition called periodic limb movement of sleep, which causes your legs to twitch and kick, possibly throughout the night, while you sleep.
Restless legs syndrome can begin at any age and generally worsens as you age. People typically describe RLS symptoms as abnormal, unpleasant sensations in their legs or feet. They usually happen on both sides of the body. Less commonly, the sensations affect the arms. The sensations are usually described as crawling, creeping, pulling, throbbing, aching, itching, or electric and it affects the limb rather than the skin. It’s common for symptoms to fluctuate in severity. Sometimes, symptoms disappear for periods of time, then come back.
Temporary relief from RLS often comes with movement such as stretching, jiggling your legs, pacing or walking. However, the relief does not often last for an extended amount of time.
At Gates Brain Health, we help you get to the ROOT of what is causing RLS. We help you get relief that lasts.
For more information about how we can help treat restless legs syndrome, contact us today at (775) 507-2000.