What is Restless Legs Syndrome?

An Irresistible Urge

Common Sensations

Sensations Worsen in the Evening

  • RLS patients commonly report that their symptoms are worse in the evening, making it difficult to go to sleep and stay asleep. But many patients also report little to no symptoms in the morning, allowing them to sleep better during that time.
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet” — http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/restless_legs/detail_restless_legs.htm#241533237

Symptoms Are Triggered By Inactivity

Moving Brings Relief

Restlessness Turns to Twitching at Night

Misdiagnosed Symptoms

Related Chronic Conditions

Medication Might Be The Issue

  • Certain medications may cause RLS symptoms to increase. Anti-nausea medications (prochlorperazine or metoclopramide), antipsychotics (haloperidol or phenothiazine derivatives), antidepressants and certain cold and allergy medications containing antihistamines might make symptoms worse.
  • http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/restless_legs/detail_restless_legs.htm

What To Do If You Think You Have RLS

Citations:
● National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet”
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/restless_legs/detail_restless_legs.htm#241533237
● Mayo Clinic, “Restless legs syndrome: Symptoms”
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/restless-legs-syndrome/DS00191/DSECTION=symptoms
● National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet”
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/restless_legs/detail_restless_legs.htm#241533237