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Restless Leg Syndrome

What is restless leg syndrome?

When someone experiences the uncomfortable effects of restless leg syndrome (RSL), they often feel an uncontrollable urge to move their legs while in a resting position for an extended period of time. This commonly occurs at night as they are trying to fall asleep. The urge to move can be described as the feeling of a tugging, aching, burning or itching sensation. 

Common symptoms of restless leg syndrome include:

  • Sensations that occur after periods of not moving
  • Urge to move affected areas
  • Temporary relief after movement
  • Worsening of symptoms at night

These sensations often can be felt in the calf, but some patients experience the feelings across their entire leg. The sensations are temporarily relieved when the patient moves, stretches or massages the affected areas, but these are often not a permanent solution.

Causes of restless leg syndrome

Though the exact cause is still unknown, there are several factors that can increase the chances of experiencing RSL.

  • Iron deficiency
  • Nerve damage
  • Kidney disorders
  • Medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity
  • Diabetes
  • Depression

Treatment options for restless leg syndrome

Treatment options for RSL vary from based on the severity of symptoms and underlying medical conditions. Our experts find the best treatment option for each individual patient based on their specific medical history.

  • Implementing healthy sleep habits
  • Medication
  • Exercise
  • Dietary changes (healthy eating, cutting out caffeine and alcohol)
  • Use of a heating pad or cold compress

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