As the name suggests, restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition that makes your legs feel extremely uncomfortable. It can begin at any age and grows progressively worse as you age. For most people, the legs are at their worst in the evenings, particularly while sitting or lying in bed. The “restless” feelings associated with the condition make most people get up and walk around. Moving is the one activity that offers temporary relief of RLS symptoms.
In many cases, there is no known cause for RLS. Modern researchers tend to believe the condition is brought on by an imbalance of dopamine, a neurotransmitter chemical found in the brain. Other cases, however, can be traced back to a specific cause. Those include:
RLS is sometimes diagnosed with additional conditions, such as:
Commonly Described Sensations
What does restless legs syndrome feel like? Most people describe the symptoms as abnormal, unpleasant sensations that are localized to the calf muscles. Other descriptive RLS sensations include:
Commonly Reported Patterns
Common RLS indicators are:
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