Restless Legs Syndrome (Willis-Ekbom Disease)

When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new. This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb, and to seek the mountain view - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Restless Legs Syndrome (Willis-Ekbom Disease)
Restless Legs Syndrome (Willis-Ekbom Disease)

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How Your Depression or ADHD Might Really Be Restless Legs Syndrome

Nighttime creepy-crawlies aren't limited to camping or Halloween...tingly, itchy sensations -- mostly between the ankle and the knee -- aren't the creeping of spiders or the fluttering of bats, but a neurological disorder called Restless Legs Syndrome, or RLS.  Most sensations occur in the lower legs, but the arms, torso and face may also be affected.  Regardless of the geography, severe insomnia is the end result. 

Psychological symptoms are not part of an RLS diagnosis, but RLS and psychology go together like the creepies and the crawlies. 

Let's rewind to the 1800s, when the first overlap with psychology appears.  Theodor Wittmaack, a German neurologist, called the disorder…

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 How Your Depression or ADHD Might Really Be Restless Legs Syndrome

Psychological symptoms are not part of an RLS diagnosis, but RLS and psychology go together like the creepies and the crawlies.

10 Tips for Restless Leg Syndrome

The restless symptoms typically strike when you're lying in bed at night, but in more serious cases, they can also flare up in the daytime, such as when you're sitting for a long period of time. You often experience a feeling of tingling, aching, itching, or tugging deep beneath the skin of your lower legs -- and sometimes even in the thighs, feet, hands, and arms too.

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation

Willis-Ekbom disease (WED), also known as restless legs syndrome or RLS, is a common and treatable neurologic disorder. WED/RLS results in an irresistible urge to move the legs or other parts of the body, often accompanied by unusual or unpleasant sensations that may be described as creeping, tugging or pulling. Because symptoms most often occurs in the evening, they can severely disrupt sleep and reduce quality of life.

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation Blog

The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation is a patient services organization dedicated to (1) increasing understanding of this disease among health care professionals and the public, (2) providing support to those with RLS, and (3) supporting basic and clinical research designed to improve treatment and find an eventual cure.


RLS-UK, a registered charity in England and Wales, is committed to raising awareness of RLS; to providing information and support to those living with RLS; and to improving the quality of RLS care in the UK.

European Alliance for Restless Legs Syndrome

EARLS is a non-profit, independent alliance of national patient organizations from various European countries which engages in activities that contribute to raising awareness of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). EARLS raises important issues at a European level, issues which are common to all members.

European Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group

The European Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group (EURLSSG) is a non-profit association of RLS experts who are actively involved in RLS research and dedicated to optimising patient outcomes by continuously improving standards for diagnosis and treatment of RLS.

International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group

The International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group (IRLSSG) is an organization of professionals committed to advancing basic and clinical research on restless legs syndrome (RLS) also known as Willis-Ekbom disease (WED). Their mission includes the cooperative planning, implementation, analysis, and reporting of multi-center studies with an international emphasis.


Certain medications, such as gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica), work for some people with RLS/WED.Ropinirole (Requip), rotigotine (Neupro) and pramipexole (Mirapex) are approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of moderate to severe RLS/WED.


Restless leg syndrome (RLS, restless legs syndrome) is a common cause of painful legs. The leg pain of restless leg syndrome typically eases with motion of the legs and becomes more noticeable at rest. Restless leg syndrome also features worsening of symptoms and leg pain during the early evening or later at night.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The most distinctive or unusual aspect of the condition is that lying down and trying to relax activates the symptoms. Most people with RLS have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Left untreated, the condition causes exhaustion and daytime fatigue.

National Sleep Foundation

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a serious, but treatable condition. The key to living with RLS is managing the symptoms. Lifestyle changes, like limiting caffeine and alcohol, taking iron supplements or a hot bath, or initiating an exercise plan, and seeing a heath care professional to discuss treatment options can help. Everyone experiences RLS differently, so it is important to work with your health care professional to determine the best way for you to control your symptoms.

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