WHat is Restless Leg Syndrome and its reasons?

NationalNutrition 1 month 2022-07-12T18:04:55+00:00 0 Answer 0

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  1. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is described by those who suffer from it as an odd sensation (or pain) that usually travels through the leg. This sensation produces a need to move the affected limb in order to temporarily stop the sensation. It is often described as a creeping, itching, crawling, tingling or electrical sensation. This condition is more often experienced at night and although typically it is felt in the legs, some individuals can experience it in their arms or torso. RLS can cause a decreased quality of sleep and even insomnia. For more information on insomnia


    RLS can begin in childhood, and may be associated with what many call “growing pains” throughout childhood and adolescence. It most commonly begins around the age of 40-45 years old, and is generally worsened by stress. Unfortunately, the cause of this condition is not yet known. It has been found to be associated with chronic kidney disease, diabetes, iron deficiency, varicose veins, pregnancy, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuropathy and withdrawal from sedatives.

    Because of these associations, some theories suggest iron, dopamine, or other nutritional deficiencies may play a role in the development of RLS. Interestingly, RLS is often passed down in families, and over 50% of sufferers report a family member with the same symptoms. The genetic link is especially present when symptoms begin at a younger age.


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