“Restless leg syndrome is a disorder of the part of the nervous system that causes an urge to move the legs. Because it usually interferes with sleep, it is also considered a sleeping disorder.” – WebMD
“My legs aren’t supposed to do that.”
Restless leg syndrome, or RLS, is a medical condition wherein someone feels an urge to move their legs.
It is estimated that approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population is affected by RLS. There is no at-risk demographic, though the condition is slightly more widespread in women than men.
Similar to many complex medical conditions, RLS is commonly misdiagnosed or – even worse – ignored by physicians. Mild symptoms of RLS are often treated as an anxiety disorder, which is a bad thing.
Though a minority of anxiety (and depression) patients report RLS-like symptoms, the proposed treatment (which generally includes anti-anxiety or antidepressant meds) is an egregious error. Especially since such medications are potent and addictive, among other reasons.
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