Its 11 pm. You are ready to fall asleep. You lie down in bed. Slowly, a crawling tingling weird sensation begins in your legs. You try to ignore it because you have an important meeting tomorrow and need your sleep. But your legs just won’t listen. They urge you to get out and move about. You give in to their demands, walk around and come back. After a few moments’ relief, your legs again start tingling, demanding your attention like an obstinate child. If you are familiar with this tale, chances are you may be suffering from restless leg syndrome.
What is Restless Leg Syndrome:
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a condition of the nervous system in which you have an urge to move your legs. Since this is often a cause of sleeplessness, it is also considered as a sleep disorder. Certain studies have estimated that 1 out of every 10 people suffers from restless leg syndrome. Low Iron levels, Dopamine imbalance, family history, pregnancy, certain medications and certain illnesses like kidney failure, diabetes etc. may be responsible for causing restless leg syndrome.
Common symptoms and signs you may have Restless Leg Syndrome:
- Discomfort with urge to move: Uncomfortable sensations (which may be described as tingling, creepy crawly feeling, itching, pulling, aching or burning) are experienced deep in the legs. These are experienced along with an irresistible desire to move your legs.
- Worse with Rest: These symptoms come on when you are at rest – lying down, sitting or just trying to relax.
- Worse at Night: If you have a severe case, your symptoms may begin in the daytime too. But on an average, most people experience an increase in symptoms in the evening or at night.
- Better by Moving: You may often find yourself giving in to the urge to move about, because funny as it may seem, it actually relieves your symptoms.
- Along with PLMD: Many people with Restless Legs Syndrome are also found to suffer from another disorder called PLMD or periodic limb movement disorder. In PLMD you may experience jerking of your legs only during sleep.
- In Children: Yes, children can also suffer from RLS. Restless leg syndrome in children is not so easy to diagnose as children may not be able to describe what they are experiencing and many signs are common with ADHD. Children with Restless leg syndrome may be unable to sleep at night and resultantly show behavioural symptoms like absent-mindedness, offensiveness, day time drowsiness causing academic problems etc.
These are signs that you may be suffering from restless leg syndrome. If you too are suffering from Restless Leg Syndrome, look no more. Homeopathic treatment for restless leg syndrome is known to help people deal with the symptoms and sleep better. Dr Rajesh Shah’s Homeopathic treatment has helped many people with restless leg syndrome. Do get in touch with us by leaving your contact details below or writing to us at email@example.com or giving us a call at +91-2266888888.
– Dr Amrita Sodhi, Associate Doctor to Dr Rajesh Shah, Team LifeForce