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Restless Leg Syndrome: * Restless Leg Syndrome is a disorder characterized by an unpleasant tickling or twitching sensation in the leg muscles when sitting or lying down, which is relieved only by moving the legs.

Causative Agent: * RLS also appears to be related to the following factors or conditions, although researchers do not yet know if these factors actually cause RLS, chronic diseases such as kidney failure, diabetes, and peripheral neuropathy.

Transmission: * Experts believe that restless legs syndrome is caused by an imbalance of dopamine, a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells in the brain. Restless legs syndrome is usually genetic, about 60% of people with restless legs have a family member with the condition. Although anyone can have restless legs syndrome, it is more common in older adults and women. In fact, about 40% of mothers experience temporary restless legs syndrome during pregnancy. Health conditions such as diabetes, iron deficiency, rheumatoid arthritis, and kidney failure can also trigger restless legs syndrome.

Signs of Symptoms: * Not only are the signs and symptoms of restless legs syndrome different from person to person, but also they can be tricky to explain. Some describe the leg sensations as creeping, prickling, burning, tingling, or tugging. Others say it feels as if bugs are crawling up their legs, a fizzy soda is bubbling through their veins, or they have a deep bone itch.

Treatments: * Sleep better by sticking to a regular sleep schedule. * Exercise in moderation. * Cut back on caffeine. * Avoid alcohol and cigarettes. * Consider dietary supplements. * Lose weight. * Try practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation.

Statics Rating: * RLS may affect as many as one in 10 people…...

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