Restless Leg Syndrome: What Is It and Other Facts

Restless Leg Syndrome is a common chronic neurological disorder. Its main symptoms are an urgency to move the legs mainly at night. Typically, pain will lessen with movement, and worsen when not moving.

Restless Legs Syndrome affects approximately 5-10% of adults in the U.S.

Symptoms include:

  • An urge to move the legs, usually accompanied or caused by uncomfortable and unpleasant leg sensations
  • Symptoms begin or worsen during periods of rest or inactivity such as lying or sitting
  • Symptoms are partially or totally relieved by movement, such as walking or stretching, at least as long as the activity continues.
  • Symptoms are worse or occur only in the evening or at night

How BSA ADC can help:

  • Discuss the symptoms you’re having
  • Tell your doctor about your medical history, and if anyone in your family has RLS
  • Tell your doctor about any medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter and prescription, as well as any herbal or vitamin supplements.

BSA ADC will help you diagnose what symptoms you are experiencing and based on the results what type of RLS you have. There are two types of RLS: primary RLS, a chronic condition that can be hereditary, and secondary RLS, caused by another condition (such as pregnancy or iron-deficiency) and may resolve once the underlying condition no longer exists. Your doctor will diagnose the type of RLS and provide appropriate treatment options.

Now that you know that RLS is a neurological condition, you should also know that there are treatment options that can help, including medications and non-medication options. Contact us if you have any questions or to set up an appointment.

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