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What causes rls & what can I do to prevent it?

By Anonymous January 13, 2012 - 5:56am
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I have nothing of all those riskfaktors. I think it may have something to do about my way of eating. I try to eat good and right but sometimes I eat too much and I think it is worth then.

November 11, 2012 - 8:48am

Hi Anonymous,

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurologic disorder. It is characterized by:

  • Unpleasant sensations in the legs
  • An irresistible urge to move your legs


The sensations are typically worse during periods of inactivity and usually strongest at night. The symptoms are improved with activity. For this reason, people with RLS generally have insomnia , which may be severe.

There are no guidelines to prevent RLS.

The exact cause is unknown. RLS may occur for no identifiable reason. This is called primary RLS. Or, it may be caused by other conditions or certain drugs. This is called secondary RLS.

Many people with RLS also have periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD). This is a related motor disorder characterized by:

  • Involuntary, repetitive, jerking movements
  • Interrupted sleep because of movement


Risk Factors

These factors increase your chance of developing RLS. Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors:

For more information on RLS, please visit: https://www.empowher.com/condition/restless-legs-syndrome/

Hope this helps!


January 13, 2012 - 7:37am
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