Restless leg syndrome affects the nervous system and causes an irresistible urge to move your legs. The syndrome can affect individual’s arms, chest, and head in addition to their legs. Health experts categorize the syndrome as a sleep disorder since it often affects people while they sleep. People who experience RLS often have trouble sitting or sleeping for extended periods.
Health experts are unsure what causes RLS, however genetics may influence the likelihood of developing this syndrome since almost half of the patients also have a family member with RLS. The most common symptoms can include the following:
- Powerful urge to move legs
- A pins and needles sensation in their legs
- Pulling, itching or throbbing sensations