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What is restless leg syndrome?

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease, is a neurological disorder that causes an irresistible urge to move the legs. People with RLS often experience uncomfortable sensations in their legs, such as tingling, itching, or aching, which are relieved temporarily by movement. These sensations typically worsen during periods of rest or inactivity, particularly in the evening or at night, leading to difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.

RLS can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, as the constant urge to move their legs can disrupt sleep patterns and cause daytime fatigue. While the exact cause of RLS is unknown, it is believed to be related to an imbalance of dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain. Certain factors, such as genetics, pregnancy, iron deficiency, and certain medications, can increase the risk of developing RLS.

If you or someone you know experiences symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome, it is important to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment options. Treatment may involve lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise and avoiding triggers like caffeine or alcohol, as well as medications to manage symptoms and improve sleep. By working closely with a healthcare provider, individuals with RLS can find relief and improve their overall well-being.

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