Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome is often referred to as ""Jimmy Legs"" because of the uncontrollable urge to move the limbs in order to stop uncomfortable painful or odd sensations most commonly in the legs. Sometimes moving or stretching the legs provides relief temporarily but may return immediately after ceasing movement. RLS can start at any age, even childhood, it can be a progressive disease for a percentage of sufferers and symptoms can disappear permanently for some.
The International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group (IRLSSG) identified four criteria that must be present for an RLS diagnosis.
1. An urge to move, usually due to uncomfortable sensations that occur primarily in the legs
People often describe them as:
Movement may bring immediate yet temporary relief by:
3. Worsening of symptoms by relaxation
Any type of inactivity involving
Can trigger the urgency to move. This can depend on:
4. Variability over the course of the day-night cycle, with symptoms worse in the evening and early in the night