What Causes Restless Legs?


What is restless leg syndrome (RLS) and what causes it?

Whilst the subject of restless legs has been studied extensively, the causes of restless legs still remain a mystery to modern science. The symptoms of restless legs begin in a way that is almost contrary to all other types of pain in the limbs. Most types of leg pain ease when you rest the legs whereas with restless legs the pain gets more intense when you relax. Usually people do not wish to move when in pain whereas with restless legs, you feel noticeably better when you move around.

What are the symptoms of restless legs?

The symptoms of restless legs are variable include:

  • Uncontrollable desire to move legs particularly at night-time.
  • Twitching of the legs and leg muscles.
  • Pain in legs which feels like ‘creepy crawly sensation’.
  • Itching, pulling pain.
  • Symptoms get worse the more you keep your legs still.
  • Inability to sleep at night which subsequently results in fatigue and a lack of concentration during the day.

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