Restless Leg Syndrome

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

  • Medical Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) Symptoms

Restless leg syndrome is a common cause of painful legs. The leg pain of restless leg syndrome usually improves by moving the legs, and becomes more noticeable at rest. Symptoms of restless leg syndrome typically worsen during the early evening or later in the night; which can lead to insomnia.

Quick GuideRestless Legs Syndrome: Home Remedies for RLS and Better Sleep

Restless Legs Syndrome: Home Remedies for RLS and Better Sleep

Restless leg syndrome facts

  • Restless leg syndrome is a condition marked by unpleasant leg sensations while resting.
  • Restless leg syndrome frequency leads to insomnia.
  • The cause of restless leg syndrome is unknown in most individuals, but many conditions have been associated with it.
  • Symptoms of restless leg syndrome are aching and an urge to move the lower extremities
  • Treatment of restless leg syndrome is directed toward any underlying illness, if known.
  • Medications are available for restless leg syndrome.
  • Home remedies for restless leg syndrome include
  • Restless leg syndrome is generally not considered curable, but treatments can substantially lessen or eradicate symptoms.
  • Other conditions that my mimic restless leg syndrome include poor circulation to the lower extremities, fibromyalgia, and neuropathy.

What is restless leg syndrome (RLS)?

Restless leg syndrome (RLS, restless legs syndrome) is a common cause of painful legs. The leg pain of restless leg syndrome typically eases with motion of the legs and becomes more noticeable at rest. Restless leg syndrome also features worsening of symptoms and leg pain during the early evening or later at night.

Restless leg syndrome is often abbreviated RLS; it has also been termed shaking leg syndrome. Nighttime involuntary jerking of the legs during sleep are also known as periodic leg/limb movement disorder. Continue Reading

Reviewed on 8/3/2015
References
REFERENCE: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Restless Legs Syndrome.
<http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/rls/rls_WhatIs.html>

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