There's a good chance that you've never heard of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), but it's something you may have experienced in your life without even realizing it.
According to the Mayo Clinic, RLS is a condition "that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, usually because of an uncomfortable sensation." Typically, this sensation happens mostly when someone is sitting or lying down, and is only eased by movement.
Experiencing this sensation is one that is often described as "itchy" or like a "creepy crawly" feeling in the legs. It can occur in other parts of the body, but is most often found in the legs. The symptoms can vary in severity, but at any level it's uncomfortable and can greatly impact a person's life. Often it can completely disrupt sleep and make it impossible to feel comfortable when at ease.
Approximately 10% of the population suffers from RLS, many without realizing there is an actual name for the condition they experience. There are a few different causes, and while it's not always related to a serious underlying condition, it can cause a lack of sleep which can lead to issues in the future.
If you suffer from damaged nerves in your hands and feet, it may occasionally lead to the experience of RLS. Sometimes this nerve damage is due to other chronic issues like alcoholism and diabetes.
Anti-nausea drugs, anti-psychotics and some allergy medications can cause the symptoms to worsen. It's thought that the antihistamines in the medications increases the frequency of the symptoms.
Even when your deficiency isn't enough to cause anemia, it can lead to symptoms of RLS to worsen.
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