Restless Leg Syndrome is classified as an uneasiness in the legs that makes the limbs restless during the nighttime hours. This disorder and the discomfort it causes can interfere with your day to day activities and even your nighttime sleeping patterns — which can lead to insomnia.

While restless leg syndrome is prevalent in approximately 10 percent of the United States population, familiarizing yourself with the symptoms of this disorder can help you become better aware of the issues that may plague you if you are faced with this problem. 

Causes of Restless Leg Syndrome

1. Pregnancy- Women are prone to RLS during pregnancy, especially during their third trimester. Oftentimes symptoms go away after the birth of the child, however, symptoms may linger even after the baby is born.

2. Medications- Some prescribed drugs, such as antidepressants and cold or allergy medications, can contribute to an uneasiness of the legs.

3. Chronic diseases- Particular medical conditions can cause RLS. These conditions include kidney failure, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and iron deficiency.

Signs that You May Have Restless Leg Syndrome

1. Nighttime leg twitching– Individuals with RLS  may also have a periodic limb disorder. This causes frequent cramping or jerking of the leg while sleeping.

2. Leg pain improves with movement- If you notice that the uncomfortable sensation you are feeling becomes bearable when you walk, stretch or message your legs then you may be a victim of RLS. This temporary relief should continue as long as you are continuously moving your legs.

3. Your limbs ache more when resting- The longer you stay in one place, the greater the pain. RLS typically flares up during the night, especially when you are lying down. In more severe cases, the pain could start earlier in the day, making the pain more intense during the nighttime hours.

If you feel that you are experiencing Restless Leg Syndrome, contact one of our Atlanta vein specialists. Oftentimes, Restless Leg Syndrome mimics the symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency. And if you are are feeling discomfort, we would like to check you out and get you the answers you are looking for.