What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome?

What Causes Restless Leg SyndromeUnderstanding what causes restless leg syndrome is the first step to curing it. In every problem solution setting, knowing what you are dealing with is the best way to develop the proper response one must use to address it.

In a nutshell, the causes of restless leg syndrome root from problems that rest in the brain. The basal ganglia circuits which are the components of the brain which are responsible for all body movements, making sure that they are done smoothly and under precise control, is dysfunctional for a person who suffers from RLS. This causes impairments in motor skills and in your ability to control your mobility and function.

Aside from that, it has been said, according to other research, that restless leg syndrome is caused by one’s genetic disposition. A person is born with the condition and it takes just a few triggering factors to make it surface. Though the condition might be acquired equally by both males and females, looking at the demographic of reported cases show that a majority of those who suffer from RLS are females. Though there is no scientific proof that says that females are more prone to the condition, non-scientific research suggests that the increased probability of females having it might be brought about by environmental conditions and the manner as to how women respond to them.

No matter what the cause of restless leg syndrome is, the effects of it are the same. RLS is characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move one’s leg. This causes discomfort and to some extent a level of pain felt in the area of the leg. The intensity of loss of control varies from person to person. Some still have a little amount of control over their limbs while others are left with none at all.

Restless leg syndrome symptoms aren’t the main problems that come with the condition. The main problems are due to the effects of these symptoms and the difficulty of managing them altogether. As an effect of your uncontrollable urge to move your leg, you’ll suffer a tremendous loss in your ability to sleep properly at night. This leads to fatigue and sometimes chronic levels of depression which spirals into further complications in the future.

It is best to get medical help immediately in the event that symptoms manifest. Knowing what causes restless leg syndrome allows you to be able to monitor patterns once they manifest.


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6 comments

  1. ron cord

    1 have restless leg very bad. it startes about 5;00 pm and last all night sometimes. 1 walk around my house for hours at a time. 1 take 1sinemet tablet at evening. im going crazy with this. let me know what i should do to help this probelm.

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    1. Robert Post author

      Hi Ron,

      It sounds like you are having bad side-effects with Sinemet. Were you prescribed this by your doctor? If so you need to let him/her know that the medication is not helping. Otherwise if it was bought over-the-counter, then STOP taking it immediately.

      There are a number of natural steps you can take to get rid of your restless legs. You could start be reading what I have written on restless leg syndrome treatment, and browse through my other articles on natural cures and remedies. But if you want to get rid of this annoying condition ASAP, I would recommend having a look at Jeremy Coughlin’s “Eliminate Restless Leg Syndrome” guide.

      Let me know how it turns out for and if you need anything else.

      ~ Robert

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    2. Roxana Choon

      Caffeine and alcohol can also set this off. Exercising before going to bed did not work for me I fact it made it worse. Since I have had this most of my whole life going to a Dr. A GOOD one. If you are wondering how you can tell. Well if he/she listens and believes in medication as the absolute last resort then you may have the right Dr. I do hope you find out what works for you AND SOOOON.
      By the way. A really relaxing hot or warm bath or even a shower does helps me sometimes to lesson the soreness in your legs.

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  2. JAGDISH MEHTA

    AFTER LOWER BACK L4-L5 SURGERY IN SEPT. 2012 I STARTD HAVING SEVERE PAIN, TINGLI NG, ,BURNING ,THROBING …. ON MY RIGHT LEG. I CAN HARDLY WALK ON WALKER..I CAN NOT SLEEP.
    WHAT CAN BE DONE NOW? ( 2 RODS AND 4 SCREWS ARE INSERTED BETWEEN L4-L5 )

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  3. Lisa A

    I have severe RLS, sometimes it even happens in my arms. I am now

    going on my 4th night without sleep (well, maybe 1/2 hrs 2x a night). I am miserable. What to do? I have tried everything but going to a doctor, I don’t have insurance. HELP!!!!!!!!

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  4. Roxana Choon

    I have had RLS for as long as I can remember, as a child eating and trying not to swing my legs was impossible. Going to school in a bus was horrible not enough space to get the jitters out of them. Needless to say with my not knowing why this was happening to me everyone thought I just had to much energy. Now at 44 I am not aware of it anymore unless my dog sits on my foot and interrupts the tick. Dog and Tick in the same sentence LOL. When my kids were born my movements keep them asleep, so that was good. Night and day if I try not to move them then another part of my body will try to relieve that feeling, but for me restless leg syndrome has kept my calves in shape. :0) I have to laugh this is just apart of life for me. Diet: I eat no gluten,dairy and most meats. I grow my own vegetables. So with all that I still have RLS it just is.

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