Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

If you feel a sudden and unexplainable urge to move your legs to reduce discomfort, mostly at night and in the evening, you may be suffering from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).
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What is Restless Leg Syndrome? 

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is characterized by uncontrollable urges to move the legs. It’s usually an uncomfortable sensation and often happens in the evening or nighttime when you are getting ready to settle in for the night. It becomes an issue when it starts negatively altering sleep habits.

One can take many steps on their own to help with symptoms of RLS and medical treatments that have helped many patients find relief.

Symptoms

The most common symptom is a sudden and uncomfortable urge to move the legs to reduce pain. Other characteristics come with RLS, include:

  • Issues arise when the patient is trying to sleep or relax.
  • Pain occurs when sitting for long periods, such as in a car or plane.
  • Relief from discomfort with leg movement like stretching and walking.
  • Leg twitching at night.
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Treatments

Many simple lifestyle changes have been known to alleviate symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome, including:

  • Hot baths and leg massages to relax the muscles
  • Warm or cool packs
  • Good sleep schedule
  • Exercise to promote healthy blood flow
  • Cutting down on caffeine
  • Foot wraps and vibrating pads

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