Understand RLS and how it is treated
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is more than just an urge to move your legs. Symptoms often happen at night. Sometimes these symptoms interrupt sleep. Learn more about symptoms of RLS and potential treatment options.8
What are the symptoms of RLS?8
- People with RLS often experience a range of symptoms. Uncomfortable sensations occur most often in the legs. People with RLS may describe symptoms as itching, pulling, gnawing, and the creepy-crawlies. Symptoms typically worsen at night. Moving the limbs may relieve the discomfort. This leads many patients to pace, kick, or turn frequently in bed, which can disturb sleep. Sleep disturbance may have an even broader impact on a patient’s life
RLS causes both sensory and sleep symptoms9
A group of researchers conducted a study that identiﬁed more than 400 people with RLS.9 Take the quiz below to see how your symptoms compare.
Symptoms of moderate-to-severe primary RLS can affect your quality of life. Uncomfortable feelings in your legs and the urge to move often occur in the late afternoon or evening. This can make it difficult to get enough sleep. You may feel tired or groggy the next day, which can cause difficulties in the following areas8-10:
- Memory: You may ﬁnd it hard to remember or learn new things10
- Concentration: You may struggle to focus on tasks9
- Mood: You may feel depressed or experience mood swings9
- Daily tasks: You may have trouble completing daily tasks10
- Social activities: Your social life and relationships may be affected10
RLS symptoms may affect you after bedtime. By causing the urge to move, RLS can disturb sleep and affect how you feel during the daytime.
Finding relief from your RLS symptoms10,11
The right treatment can help you take control of your moderate-to-severe primary RLS. Managing triggers can also help.
Make sure all your healthcare providers know that you have RLS. Some medications can trigger symptoms.
Always take medications as prescribed by your healthcare professional.
Talk to your healthcare provider about doing some mild exercises, including stretching. More vigorous exercises can trigger symptoms.
Keep a diary to track when your symptoms are the worst, and share this with your healthcare provider.
Try avoiding caﬀeine, smoking, and alcohol, as these may trigger symptoms.
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