More than 3 million people in the U.S. have it. It’s more common in women. It generally worsens with age. And it’s often unrecognized or misdiagnosed.
We’re referring to restless leg syndrome.
People with restless leg syndrome (RLS) experience uncomfortable sensations in their legs, causing an irresistible urge to move their legs in order to relieve these feelings. These sensations cause an uncomfortable pins and needles, itchy or “creepy-crawly” type feeling in the legs. These feelings and sensations seem to get worse when they are laying down, sitting or resting.
RLS symptoms range in severity from mild to completely intolerable. Symptoms can come and go and are generally worse in the evening hours and at bedtime. For some people, this can cause nightly sleep disruptions that can significantly impair their quality of life. While sometimes the causes can be linked to a chronic illness, medication or even pregnancy, in most cases the cause is truly a mystery.
RLS does tend to be genetic – many sufferers have other family members who also struggle with the condition, which may help you discover that you’ve got it too. However, for most people, it is still hard to diagnose, as there is no test for RLS.