Have you ever laid down at the end of a long day, eager to get some sleep, only to be kept awake by an irresistible urge to move your legs? If you have been very active or had an intense gym session that day, this frustrating experience can be typical from time to time. However, if it happens daily and has begun to disrupt the rest of your life, you may have a condition known as restless leg syndrome (RLS). In today’s post, we’ll take a closer look at RLS and how you may be able to get help for sore muscles that often accompany this troublesome condition.
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What is RLS?
Also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease, RLS affects more than 3 million people in the United States each year. It is estimated that seven to 10 percent of the population may be afflicted with this chronic condition. Surprisingly, this condition is classified as a sleeping disorder because those who suffer from RLS typically experience symptoms and discomfort at night when trying to sleep. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), it is also considered a movement disorder and a sensory, neurological disorder. This disorder causes individuals to have an intense and irresistible urge to move their legs.
For the broad majority of cases, there is no specific known cause of RLS. The condition may be related to or coincide with other conditions, such as pregnancy, iron deficiency, neuropathy, and renal disease. It has also been linked to certain medications in some patients. Because these contributing and/or concurrent conditions vary so much from patient to patient, doctors have been unable to pinpoint a specific cause.
In addition to a nearly irresistible urge to move one’s legs, those who suffer from RLS may also experience muscle pain in their legs, along with cramping, tingling, and/or burning. Individuals may also have a hard time getting to sleep and are likely to experience sleep disturbances once they do fall asleep. Inadequate sleep can result in fatigue during daytime hours. Although some people experience a reprieve of their symptoms with occasional remissions, symptoms may worsen the longer one has the condition.
Because there is no single cause of RLS, there is no designated medical test that can confirm or rule out the presence of the condition. Diagnosis often occurs through a physician’s exam and evaluation and is likely to be primarily based on the symptoms experienced by the patient. The International RLS Study Group has provided five essential diagnostic criteria for physicians, and all must be present to render an RLS diagnosis:
- An urge to move one’s legs, with or without uncomfortable sensations in the legs
- An urge to move one’s legs that begins or worsens with rest or inactivity
- An urge to move one’s legs that is somewhat or completely relieved by activity
- An urge to move one’s legs that is worse in the evening
- The above symptoms are not solely accounted for as primary symptoms for another condition.
If you have any of the above symptoms, it may be worth contacting your physician for an appointment and evaluation for RLS.
The most effective treatment for RLS will depend greatly on whether or not your physician believes your symptoms are associated with an underlying condition. In these cases, treating the underlying condition can significantly relieve the symptoms of RLS. When there are no known underlying or associated conditions, some people find help for sore muscles and other symptoms through massage therapy. Some people may require medication or treatment from a specialist.
Help for Sore Muscles and RLS Symptoms
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