How many of these questions can you answer “yes” to:
- When you sit or lie down, do you have a strong desire to move your legs?
- Is that desire to move your legs impossible to resist?
- Have you ever used the words “unpleasant,” creepy crawly,” “creeping, “itching,” “pulling,” or “tugging” to describe your symptoms to others?
- Does your desire to move often occur when you are resting or sitting still?
- Does moving your legs make you feel better?
- Do you complain of these symptoms more at night?
- Do you keep your bed partner awake with the jerking movements of your legs?
- Do you ever have involuntary leg movements while you are awake?
- Are you tired or unable to concentrate during the day?
- Do any of your family members have similar complaints?
- Does a trip to the doctor only reveal that nothing is wrong and there is no physical cause for your discomfort?
If you answered "yes" to a majority of these questions, you may have restless legs syndrome (RLS). This topic is especially important to individuals living with fibromyalgia. According to Dr. Helen A. Emsellem MD, the Medical Director for the Center for Sleep & Wake Disorders in Chevy Chase, MD, “RLS is seen in approximately one-third of patients with fibromyalgia.”
Learn more by calling 877-INFO RLS or going to www.rls.org/.
Restless Leg Syndrome – – National Sleep Foundation – http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-related-problems/restless-legs-syndrome-rls-and-sleep