Restless Legs Syndrome
People with Restless Legs Syndrome experience restlessness or "crawling" sensations in their legs or arms, particularly in the evening or when resting.
This can be very uncomfortable and cause them to have difficulty falling or staying asleep.
Restless Legs Syndrome is characterized by an irresistible urge to move one's body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. It most commonly affects the legs, but can affect the arms, torso, and even phantom limbs. Moving the affected body part modulates the sensations, providing temporary relief.RLS causes a sensation most closely compared to a burning, itching, or tickling in the muscles. Some controversy surrounds the marketing of drug treatments for RLS. It is a "spectrum" disease with some people experiencing only a minor annoyance and others experiencing major issues.
The sensations and the need to move may return immediately after ceasing movement or at a later time. RLS may start at any age, including childhood, and is a progressive disease for some, while the symptoms may disappear permanently in others
An urge to move, usually due to uncomfortable sensations that occur primarily in the legs, but occasionally in the arms or elsewhere. The sensations are unusual and unlike other common sensations. Those with RLS have a hard time describing them, using words like: uncomfortable, "antsy", electrical, creeping, painful, itching, pins and needles, pulling, creepy-crawly, ants inside the legs and numbness. It is sometimes described similar to a limb "falling asleep". The sensation and the urge can occur in any body part; the most cited location is legs, followed by arms. Some people have little or no sensation, yet still have a strong urge to move.
Stretching the leg muscles can bring relief lasting from seconds to days. Walking around brings relief also. Tiredness can be a factor and some sufferers may find going to bed usually stops the discomfort. Bouncing or shaking your legs/feet in an up and down motion, with the ball of your foot on the floor when sitting down brings temporary relief.
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