Restless Leg Syndrome – Patient Education Overview

Restless Leg Syndrome or RLS is a distressing, painful disorder of the legs characterized by:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Pulling
  • Aching

The symptoms of RLS are temporarily relieved by leg motion. The strong urge to move the legs is increased with inactivity, evening and early morning hours.

Certain medical conditions may produce RLS symptoms, which include:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Kidney disease (associated with mineral and vitamin deficiencies)
  • Anemia (especially iron deficiency)
  • Diabetes
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Varicose or obstructed veins
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Certain toxins
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Side effect of some drugs (typically Zantac, Tagamet, Antidepressants)


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