Have your legs ever felt uncomfortable at night?
That creepy, crawly, hard to explain feeling? Did you have growing pains when you were younger. These symptoms may be a reflection of restless legs syndrome or RLS. Often at times, this may make it difficult to fall asleep at night, making you exhausted in the morning. At times, you may feel your legs “kicking” you out of sleep.
These movements are called periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS) which can coexist with restless legs syndrome. RLS is essentially what you are feeling and PLMS are the motor manifestations. Sometimes, PLMS coexist without RLS. Both can be associated with low iron stores, kidney or liver dysfunction, or genetic predisposition. Both also have been recently linked to high blood pressure. Many people with RLS will have family members with RLS too.
At times, RLS can be confused or misdiagnosed as “sciatica” or neuropathy. Both RLS and PLMS can be treated with medication or natural supplementation. If you feel that you may have this condition, please give our office a call for a consultation.