16 Facts about Restless Legs Syndrome

16 Facts about RLS

  1. RLS is the second or third most common sleep disorder.
  2. Growing pains in children may actually be a sign of RLS in some cases.
  3. RLS symptoms often increase as we age.
  4. RLS may lead to problems with attention, memory and concentration because of the sleep loss it causes.
  5. RLS tends to run in families and it may be linked to a defective gene.
  6. Reactions to particular drugs, especially antidepressants have been linked to RLS symptoms, although its precise cause remains unknown.
  7. Many conditions mimic RLS symptoms including muscle disease, night crams and anxiety disorders to name just a few.
  8. Lab tests cannot identify RLS; diagnosis must be made through interviewing patients and assessing symptoms.
  9. Restless Legs Syndrome does not cause involuntary leg movements; the many uncomfortable and painful symptoms cause in RLS patients an overwhelming need to move around.
  10. RLS is more common during pregnancy but doctors and scientists have been unable to explain why.
  11. Women are more likely to suffer from RLS than men.
  12. Regular exercise can help alleviate some of the symptoms of RLS. However, rigorous exercise can sometimes exacerbate symptoms.
  13. RLS is unrelated to Parkinson’s disease although some of the same medications are prescribed by some doctors to treat both conditions.
  14. RLS is recognized as both a sleep disorder and a neurological condition.
  15. RLS is also known as Ekbom Syndrome because it was first described by Swedish nerve specialist Karl-Axel Ekbom in 1945.
  16. Studies suggest that RLS may be linked an imbalance in the brain of the chemical dopamine.


WebMD: Facts About Restless Leg Syndrome

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Restless Leg Syndrome Fact Sheet

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