About RLS

What is RLS?

RLS is a neurological condition that causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs, most commonly in the evenings.

Primary RLS has no known cause and can involve a family history of the disorder.

Secondary RLS is associated with other conditions including iron deficiency, kidney failure, pregnancy, and stress.
Did you know?
In the US, there are more than 3 million cases of RLS every year
RLS is a chronic condition meaning it can last for years or a lifetime
When left untreated, RLS severity often worsens with age
Treatments for RLS exist but there is no cure
Leading medications for RLS become less effective over time


Urge to move the legs
Uncomfortable sensations in the legs
Fatigue or restlessness
Difficulty falling and staying asleep

Although RLS is not life-threatening, not being able to sleep can be very difficult to cope with. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, you may have RLS.

What Does RLS Feel Like?

RLS causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs that may feel like aching, throbbing, pulling, itching, crawling, or creeping. These sensations are accompanied by an urge to move the legs or feet.

How Does RLS Affect Me?

In addition to causing discomfort, RLS may reduce quality of life in several ways:

Interferes with sleep
Limits travel
Limits social activity in the evenings
May reduce daytime functioning
May reduce mental and emotional wellness

How is it Diagnosed?

RLS is diagnosed by your doctor based on your medical history and symptoms. Your doctor will look for main criteria including but not limited to:

Strong urge to move the legs, usually with uncomfortable sensations
Symptoms get worse at night or when resting
Temporary relief from symptoms through walking or stretching
Symptoms can’t be explained by another medical condition

How is it Treated?

The most common treatments are daily medications, which have known drawbacks:

Can cause worsening of RLS over time
Can cause changes in behavior including difficulty controlling impulses
Can cause drowsiness
Can become less effective over time

Effective solutions to help reduce RLS symptoms vary from person to person. Learning to recognize what triggers or helps you can be very important in managing your RLS.  

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