Restless Legs Syndrome
General description of RLS
These feelings are often described as tingling, crawling, or prickly sensations, but more annoying and irritating than painful. The sensations are not the same as 'Pins and Needles' due to poor circulation.
RLS can cause severe sleep disturbance, which in turn, can cause daytime tiredness. It usually occurs when the sufferer is sitting or lying down, and more noticeable in the evening or when retiring to bed. Movement or exercise offers some temporary relief, but the sensations return when activity ceases.
The symptoms are worse when when the person is stationary, and may experience leg or feet movements when sitting still or in bed. RLS sufferers are often said to be a 'fidget', as their legs are never still. They constantly feel the need to stretch their limbs to ease the discomfort. It is not uncommon for patients with RLS, to suffer from insomnia.
How common is Restless Legs Syndrome
Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome
This is characterised by the sudden jerking of the limbs during normal sleep. This condition disrupts proper sleep, and can also lead to daytime tiredness.
The afflictions are hard to diagnose, and can be confused (or be a combination) with poor circulation. Some stimulants such as coffee, tea or even chocolate can aggravate these conditions, so it's recommended to get advice from your doctor.
Regular exercise (if that is possible) has been found to help in many cases. Stretching the calves and thighs just before bedtime may give some relieve. Also, a hot bath and a leg massage can help. In really severe cases of RLS and PLMS, there are some drugs that have been used, but the side effects can be worse than the cure.
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