Restless leg syndrome

Also known as Willis-Ekbom disease

In the majority of cases, there's no obvious cause of restless legs syndrome. This is known as idiopathic or primary restless legs syndrome, and it can run in families.

About restless leg syndrome

Restless legs syndrome is a disorder that causes an overwhelming and often unpleasant urge to move your legs (or arms). The urge to move often occurs in the evening when you’re resting or lying down and is usually due to uncomfortable, tingly, aching, or creeping sensations. Movement such as walking or stretching will often relieve these feelings.

Common signs and symptoms of restless legs syndrome include:

  • Uncomfortable sensations deep within the legs, accompanied by a strong urge to move them
  • The leg sensations are triggered by rest and get worse at night
  • The uncomfortable sensations temporarily get better when you move, stretch, or massage your legs
  • Repetitive cramping or jerking of the legs during sleep

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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