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Disturbed Sleep? Is It Due To Restless Leg Syndrome?

Disturbed Sleep? Is It Due To Restless Leg Syndrome?

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is characterized by unpleasant sensations in the leg that can range from mild to an extremely painful feeling and an irresistible urge to move your leg to feel better. These sensations often begin or become worse at night, leading to chronic sleep disorders, discomfort and stress.

The causes of Restless Leg syndrome is not known in most of the people, but it is associated with certain conditions like obesity, smoking, iron deficiency, diabetes and certain nerve diseases. Certain drugs and medications like caffeine, alcohol, and certain anti-depressants are also known to cause RLS.

Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome include leg cramps, aching and itchy legs, and an increased burning and tingling sensation in the legs.

The National Institute of Health claims that four criteria have to be recognized in a person to diagnose that he has RLS:
• Strong urge to move legs
• Symptoms begin or get worse when the body is at rest.
• Get relief on moving
• The symptoms are commonly felt in the evening or at night.

Never ignore the signs of RLS, as it can be an indicator of other conditions, such as muscle diseases, joint problems, varicose veins, nerve problems, fibromyalgia or Parkinson's disease.
Treatment for RLS is related to the recognition of the underlying illness by your doctor. It is wiser to listen to your symptom and get the underlying problem diagnosed rather than treating just the symptom.

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