Causes of Restless Legs Syndrome

Primary Cause of Restless Legs (RLS)  Doctors and researchers are still trying to understand what causes RLS and they suspect that the genetics plays a role. Nearly half of people with RLS also have a family member with the condition. RLS usually starts before the age of 45, and some individuals have had symptoms since childhood. Symptoms will gradually worsen and …

Only 6% of RLS Sufferers Believe their Symptoms are Controlled with their Current Medication

“Patient Odyssey” Survey In 2013, the Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED) Foundation conducted a survey call “Patient Odyssey” with 3000 members of the WED foundation and their partners/spouses.The survey was designed to look at how RLS impacts daily living from the perspective of both RLS sufferers and their partners.   Results 68% felt that  physicians need a better understanding of RLS, 42% agreed that their …

Sleep Deprivation is a Serious Consequence of Restless Legs

by Bradley Gillespie, PharmD, Health Expert, Restless Leg Sufferer Sleep Deprivation and Restless Legs (RLS) While Restless Legs (RLS) does not usually directly lead to serious health consequences, that does not mean that it is harmless. While it is annoying for everyone afflicted, in many cases, if severe and persistent symptoms result, it can lead to considerable mental distress, insomnia and …