Restless leg syndrome, also called Willis-Ekbom disease is a common medical condition that affects the nervous system. It causes one to experience an overwhelming and irresistible urge to move the legs and sometimes, the arms as well. It also leads to an unpleasant feeling in the calves, feet and thighs, which may often feel like a creeping and crawling situation. The symptoms of restless legs syndrome can be linked with involuntary jerking of the arms as well as legs, also called periodic limb movements.
Restless legs syndrome tends to affect the patient majorly at night compared with the rest of the day. Even though a lot of patients take anti-inflammatory drugs at night to have a sound sleep, they experience side-effects of taking them such as laziness throughout the day. The sensations that are experienced as a result of restless legs syndrome can make a person get up and move about for some relief. Those people who seek treatment of relief through non-medicine treatments initially, such as a warm bath before bedtime or a massage tend to experience their condition getting back to normal after a period of time. In other patients, the restless leg syndrome can last and especially be prevalent when they are not on medication. The course of this disorder is generally unpredictable.
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In many people RLS is not diagnosed or misdiagnosed. According to reports the condition is not diagnosed until 10-20 years after symptoms begin in most people. Correct diagnosis is important as in most patients symptoms of RLS can be treated adequately.
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