What is RLS?

Published on 3 February 2022 at 09:41


It stands for Restless Legs Syndrome


Restless leg syndrome is where you have an overwhelming urge to move your legs.  You can also have strange sensations in your legs. 


I suffer with this and so does my sister. There are so many different levels and symptoms that are known and documented, yet not many people have heard about it. My sister's symptoms are worse than mine and I have also watched an informative TV programme about it whose experiences were honestly hard to watch, disrupting their daily lives. 


Some of the symptoms:


  • Twitching 
  • Shock sensation (causing the leg to kick out) 
  • Throbbing 
  • Desire to move your legs

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What causes it? 


Unfortunately there are no clear known links, but here are some possibilities:


  • Pregnancy 
  • Too much caffeine 
  • Too much alcohol 
  • Lifestyle stress
  • Smoking 


It can also be caused by a combination of mental and physical factors.


Will it go away? 


Obviously cutting out some of the above would be a good start to try and relieve your RLS. But it can be a lifelong syndrome gradually becoming worse. Here are some other suggestions:


  • Taking warm baths 
  • Massaging the legs 
  • Exercising earlier in the day rather than Bedtime 


I usually have the urge to move my legs at night time, when I am starting to fall asleep. It feels like a relief when I move them around loads. But I know many others have these symptoms during the day too.


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My advice 


If it is affecting your day to day activities, you will need to seek medical advice. The doctors may take some blood and eventually be able to prescribe some medication. Dopamine seems to be the main suggestion here, but of course with all medication there are side effects. 


Here is a great link to read up on more medication;




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Here's hoping you don't suffer the inconvenience of RLS, but if like me you do I hope this has helped in some way. 


Is this the first you are hearing about it? 


Do you have any relief strategies to combat the inconvenient symptoms?

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2 years ago

I didn’t even know RLS was a thing. Thanks for the informative post.

2 years ago

You're welcome, thank you reading x

Transatlantic Notes
2 years ago

I has heard of RLS before but didn't know just how disruptive it can be for some people who live with it. Thank you for the education about this condition.

Molly | transatlanticnotes.com

2 years ago

You're welcome and thank you for reading my post x

Fadima Mooneira
2 years ago

Oh so now I learned about RSL. I used to have this problem when I was working at Uniqlo. The job required me to stand more and more. It made my legs and almost whole muscles fatigue. I’m glad it’s all over now. Thank you for sharing this information.

2 years ago

Oh yes, that sounds like something that affect RLS. Thank you for reading 😁 x

2 years ago

This sounds so frustrating, especially when you’re in bed x

2 years ago

Yes it can be, I do get annoyed at myself sometimes