Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that ranges between uncomfortable to very painful. RLS is characterized by throbbing, creeping and other unpleasant sensations in the calves, thighs, feet, arms and legs and an may be accompanied by an uncontrollable urge to kick or move your legs.
The sensations often occur at night when a person is relaxed or sleeping and can increase in severity throughout the evening.
Relaxation often aggravates the condition. As a consequence people with restless leg syndrome often complain of poor and interrupted sleep, effecting their job performance, personal relationships and overall quality of life.
Other health issues such as low iron levels, diabetes, and use of allergy medications can sometimes cause RLS. Restless leg syndrome is often described as an itching, crawling or throbbing feeling. Leg muscles may tighten and flex and be completely out of a patient’s control.