RLS causes a sensation in the legs or arms that can most closely be compared to a burning, itching, or tickling sensation in the muscles.Some researchers estimate that RLS affects as many as 12 million Americans.
Moving the affected body part modulates the sensations, providing temporary relief.
RLS sensations range from pain or an aching in the muscles, to "an itch you can't scratch", an unpleasant "tickle that won't stop", or even a "crawling" feeling.
These are jerks that occur every 20 to 30 seconds on and off throughout the night.
The most distinctive or unusual aspect of the condition is that lying down and trying to relax activates the symptoms.
A diagnosis of RLS does not indicate the onset of another neurological disease, such as Parkinson's disease.
International Restless Legs Syndrome RLS, also known as Willis-Ekbom disease WED, Awareness Day (September 23) falls on the birth-date of RLS discoverer Karl Ekbom, a Swedish neurologist who first described the syndrome in the 1940s.Conclusion: RLS is generally a lifelong condition for which there is no cure.Nevertheless, current therapies can control the disorder, minimizing symptoms and increasing periods of restful sleep.Restless legs syndrome means to have a strong urge to move your legs which you may not be able to resist.The need to move is often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations.Some words used to describe these sensations include: creeping, itching, pulling, creepy crawly, tugging, or gnawing. The relief can be complete or only partial but generally starts very soon after starting an activity.