Then it starts—a throbbing, itchy, twitching restlessness in your legs—or your partner’s legs—that can only be relieved by moving those limbs!
It’s Not Your Imagination
Restless legs syndrome, or RLS, is a little-understood disorder affecting more older adults more than young people. It’s underreported by many, who think their symptoms won’t be taken seriously, and underdiagnosed by doctors, who may mistakenly attribute RLS to stress, aging, or arthritis.
Symptoms vary in frequency and severity. They can be triggered by lying down, extended trips or flights, sitting too long, and even relaxation exercises. Some people experience symptoms once or twice a week; others get them often enough to interfere with sleep and impair daytime functioning.
What Causes RLS?
Its cause is unknown, but there may be a genetic component, especially if symptoms start before age 40. Risk factors may include low iron levels and certain medications such as antinausea drugs, antidepressants, and cold and allergy meds with sedating antihistamines.
Natural Relief for an Unnatural Feeling: A number of homeopathic remedies can offer help to RLS sufferers.