One afternoon, I was sitting at the dining room table at my father’s house, asking him how he was doing. He responded that he was tired because he was not sleeping well.
When I asked him why wasn’t he sleeping, he said it was because he felt like bugs were crawling up and down his legs. It bothered him so much that he would have to get up and move around before they would feel better.
Of course, getting up to move around interrupted his sleep and then he would have trouble getting back to sleep. This would cause him to feel tired or sleepy during the day. It interrupted his ability to complete his daily activities.
Unlike many people he actually decided to seek medical attention to understand what was going with his body. After talking to his doctor about this problem he found out he had restless leg syndrome (RLS). A combination of ibuprofen, exercise and magnesium solved his RLS.
Restless leg syndrome is sometimes complicated to treat because it has an inconsistent pattern and unknown cause in many cases. RLS can occur at any age however often this syndrome affects us as in our middle age or older.
RLS is a syndrome where your legs feel uncomfortable generally in the evenings in a relaxed position like sitting or lying down. The typical response is to get up and move around to make your legs feel better. Movement often makes the discomfort go away, at least temporarily.
The feeling in the legs can sometimes be indescribable but has been characterized as a crawling, creeping, itching, pain, burning or gnawing sensation. It can get to the point that you want to get up and move around to stop the discomfort.
The symptoms generally are triggered by lack of movement for example that occurs when you are sleeping or sitting on a plane or in a chair for hours at a time.
It is a good idea to share your symptoms with a naturopathic doctor or conventional doctor because the symptoms could be masking an underlying condition like nutritional deficiency, peripheral neuropathy or diabetes.
There are many behaviors that can reduce or eliminate the symptoms.