Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome is a disorder of the nervous system that is characterized by sensations deep within the calves or thighs that result in an irresistible desire to move the legs to alleviate the sensations. Symptoms include uncomfortable sensations in the legs, an irresistible urge to move, restlessness, sleep disturbances, and involuntary, repetitive, jerking limb movements (called periodic limb movement disorder or PLMD). Treatment options for restless legs syndrome include moderate exercise, homoeopathy, lifestyle changes (such as reducing caffeine, quitting smoking and so forth), medication, dietary supplements, acupuncture, changing sleep patterns, and treating any known underlying causes.