Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
RLS is characterized by an urge to move the legs, often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations in the legs, usually described as a creeping or crawling feeling. Some patients also experience tingling, cramping, burning, or simply pain. Others only describe the feeling of needing to move with no accompanying sensations. The discomfort is generally, temporarily relieved with movement or pressure. Patients typically seek advice from a physician for this disorder due to sleep disturbances, which range from mild to severe. Severity of symptoms can fluctuate, and occasionally disappear for periods of time. People who suffer from RLS may experience anxiety as bedtime approaches, moodiness and depression, difficulty concentrating and excessive daytime sleepiness. The exact cause of RLS is not known and there is no cure for the disorder at this time. Minimizing stress and use of muscle relaxation techniques such as warm baths, gentle stretching or massage may help reduce the symptoms. When symptoms become overwhelming, there are medications that may help. There are treatments that have shown to be very effective for most people with RLS. Consult your physician, or call to make an appointment with the UMMC North Sleep Center for diagnostic and treatment options (281) 453-7110.