Although Restless Leg Syndrome, or RLS, has many causes; you kinda have to know that you have it before you can do anything about it. Right? So, what are the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome, you may ask? AnxietyPanda will break it down for you. Should you experience a combination of these symptoms, please consult with your doctor? Thank you!
What are the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome – A Closer Look
If you read our previous article on RLS, you already know what the causes are. But, what are the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome?
First, a short history:
Restless Leg Syndrome has been around since the 17th century and made its first appearance in literature in 1695 in a work by clinical neurologist Thomas Willis, who referred to it as a “tossing of the members”.
In 1944, Karl Axel Ekbom renamed the condition to what it is now commonly known as – Restless Leg Syndrome.
It tends to run in families, so genetics play a big role and is the main factor that determines Primary RLS, but underlying conditions such as pregnancy or even kidney failure will play a role in the onset of Secondary RLS. Secondary RLS will usually disappear once the underlying condition has been treated, but Primary RLS tends to stay with you for life. Both intensify with age and gets worse the later in the day it becomes. It is most commonly experienced in the evenings.
Symptoms include, but are not limited to the following:
Itching, Tingling, Crawling
You may experience a feeling of intense itching, crawling or tingling in the legs and especially during periods of rest, like when you sit for long periods at your desk, or when you are lying in your bed, trying to go to sleep at night. The latter is especially debilitating as we all know that a lack of sleep can have many other detrimental side-effects for our wellbeing and health.
Compulsion to Move
The above-mentioned itching, tingling and crawling sensations will cause an extreme urge in you to move your legs, sometimes kicking your poor partner involuntarily while sleeping at night. You might also rub your legs against each other. Because you’re constantly moving your legs, you will also not be able to sleep. Moving helps, but the sensations only reappear again when the movement stops. It’s a terrible cycle, really.
Air Bubbles or Fizzing
Your blood may feel like the inside of a SodaStream machine. It may feel like tiny air bubbles traveling through your bloodstream in the legs, an almost fizzy sensation. This form of symptom will only be experienced in very severe cases.
Aching or Pain
Often after prolonged periods of rest or sitting down, you may experience pain in your legs. It will usually subside with movement and stretching, but returns again after a while. Whatever you do, get moving. Because continuing to sit or rest will just make it worse.
There are a few cases where the condition will spread to your arms as well and you may experience the same above mentioned symptoms in that area.
If you have experienced these symptoms over the past 3 months and it occurs about 2-3 times per week, please, do seek medical help! Do yourself that one favor! Get some sleep! There are many ways to deal with the symptoms naturally as well.
Here’s a list of some more interesting articles on RLS that you can read:
Here’s a short fact-filled video on RLS:
Are you experiencing Restless Leg Syndrome? Can you provide more insight as to what are the symptoms of restless leg syndrome? Please share with us in the comments! We’d love to hear from you!