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Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes an uncontrollable need to constantly move your legs due to an uncomfortable feeling. This condition typically occurs during the night when you’re relaxed or laying down. While you’re moving during the day, the unpleasant sensation often dissipates temporarily. This condition can be especially irritating because it disrupts sleep or interferes with your relaxation time.
The immediate urge is to move your legs to relieve the sensations. Additional RLS symptoms include:
- Relief with movement: When RLS symptoms occur, sometimes the most comfortable and effective ways to relieve the sensation is by walking, stretching or just jiggling your legs.
- Leg twitching at night: RLS may be associated with periodic limb movement during sleep. This condition causes the legs to twitch, kick and stretch throughout the night.
What Are The Sensations?
The sensations can range between individuals, however, they typically all occur in the limb rather than on the skin. Some of the sensations individuals experience include:
Causes of RLS
Researchers believe that RLS may be the result of a dopamine imbalance in the brain, which sends messages that control muscle movement. It can occur at any age, however, it is more common in older age and in women. Some of the factors that may trigger RLS include:
- Pregnancy: Pregnancy can worsen RLS symptoms or may develop in women for the first time when they become pregnant, especially during the third trimester.
- Hereditary: RLS can sometimes be hereditary, and usually develops in the individual before the age of 40.
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